I am an evolutionary biologist and data scientist with a background in mathematics and theoretical biology. My research focuses on the evolution of birth in humans. I am an Elise Richter fellow at the Unit of Theoretical Biology, Department of Evolutionary Biology of the University of Vienna, Austria. In addition to my research, I consider teaching and communicating science important parts of my work. I enjoy giving popular science talks as well as writing articles for a general audience and I have authored a textbook for high school biology.
PhD in Ecology and Evolution, 2010
Department of Biology, University of Berne, Switzerland
MSc in Biomathematics, 2006
Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna
My research has been featured by the international and national press, including many notable publishing outlets. Below is a selection of some articles covering my work.
‘Beckenunterschiede sind viel älter als gedacht’ Der Standard, March 2021
‘Geerbte Unterschiede im Becken’ Die Presse, March 2021
‘50-prozentige Kaiserschnittrate muss zu denken geben’
Der Standard, December 2017
‘Eine Engstelle der Evolution’ Der Standard, November 2017
‘Caesarean births ‘affecting human evolution”
BBC, December 2016
‘Wie Kaiserschnitte die Evolution beeinflussen’
Der Spiegel, December 2016
‘The real reasons why childbirth is so painful and dangerous’
BBC, December 2016
‘Store hoder gir bredere bekken’
forskning.no, May 2015
‘Warum ist die Geburt beim Menschen oft so schwierig?’
Die Presse, April 2015
Gender equality in science: Are we there yet? Proceeding with passion, persistence and perspectives Panel discussion for International Women’s day 2021, University of Vienna, March 9, 2021
Die Evolution des modernen Menschen: Bestehende und neue Forschungsergebnisse
Lehrerinnenfortbildung ARGE Biologie, Steyr, November 20, 2020 (cancelled, moved to Nov 2021)
Patterns of sex differences in the pelvis did not evolve de novo in modern humans
Talk at the virtual ESHE conference, September 24, 2020.
The evolution of difficult birth in humans
Virtual Dept. Seminar, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology, June 30, 2020.
The influence of demography and evolution on Caesarean section rates
Colloquium, Konrad-Lorenz-Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI), October 29, 2019.
Sexual dimorphism in Khoe-San
Female Pelvic Features Workshop, Natural History Museum Vienna, November 28, 2019.
Die Evolution des menschlichen Beckens und die Bedeutung für die Geburt
Festvortrag, Gynäkologie Update Refresher Congress, Aula der Akademie der Wissenschaften Wien, 29. November, 2019.
2020-2021 academic year (2020W):
earlier teaching at the University of Vienna