I am an evolutionary biologist with a background in mathematics and theoretical biology. My research focuses on the evolution of birth in humans. I am a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Theoretical Biology of the University of Vienna, Austria. In addition to my research, I consider communicating science an important part 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 widely featured by the international and national press, including many notable publishing outlets. Below is a selection of some recent articles covering my work.
‘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
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, November 29, 2019.
2019-2020 academic year (2019W):