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Curriculum Vitae

1973-1978Studies of physics at the University of Rostock, Germany
June 1978MSc Thesis (Diploma) on the "Application of Thom's catastrophe theory to a bistable chemical reaction system", Department of Physics, University of Rostock
June 1982PhD Thesis (Dissertation) on "Pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems", Department of Physics, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
July 1989DSc Thesis (Habilitation) on the "Theory of dissipative pattern formation with special consideration of stationary spatial structures in nonlinear electrochemical and ecological reaction-diffusion systems", Department of Physics, Humboldt University of Berlin

Positions

1979-1993Teaching and research assistant at the Department of Physics, Humboldt University of Berlin
1993-1995Researcher at the Institute of Hydrophysics, GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht, Germany
since 1996Professor of Applied Systems Science (since July 2014 Theoretical Systems Science) at the Institute of Environmental Systems Research, Osnabrück University, Germany

Teaching experience

1977-1978General physics, practical training, University of Rostock
1979-1992General and theoretical physics, lectures and seminars, Humboldt University of Berlin
1991Introductory theoretical biophysics, lectures, Free University of Berlin
1992Nonlinear biodynamics, lectures, Technical University of Aachen
1994-1995Nonlinear dynamics, lectures, University of Hamburg
since 1996Theoretical systems science, nonlinear dynamics, lectures and seminars, Osnabrück University
since 2003Week-long courses within the European Erasmus Program at universities of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain), Bordeaux (France), Leicester (UK), Marseille (France) and Torino (Italy)
2008Mathematical Models in Biology (MATH406), month-long lecture series, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand)
2012Mathematical Modelling in Population Dynamics, month-long biomathematics lecture series, Department of Mathematics, Federal University of Santa Maria RS (Brazil)

Research areas

Since 1977Theory and computer simulation of self-organization in nonlinear biological, ecological, chemical and physical systems far from equilibrium, recently special focus on stochastic and determistic theory of biological invasions with applications to the spread of infectious diseases and non-indigenous species

Research fellowships

1987-1989Mathematical Biology Group, Department of Biophysics, University of Kyoto, Japan (18-months Monbusho grant of Japanese Government)
1992-1993Theoretical Ecology Group, KFA Research Centre Jülich, Germany (12-months grant of Research Centre)
1993 1996 2002 2004 2009 2014Four-weeks research at Japanese universities, supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
2008 Visiting Erskine Fellowship, two months, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canterbury, Christchurch (New Zealand)
2012 Short-term Lectureship / Visiting Professor, one month, Department of Mathematics, Federal University of Santa Maria RS (Brazil), supported by Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, Brazil) and DAAD
2015Visiting Professorship, one month, Institute of Mathematics, Bordeaux University (France), within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of Bordeaux University

Publications

Since 1979About 140 publications in journals and proceedings books, co-author of two books, co-editor of four conference proceedings, cf. enclosed publication list
About 200 talks, posters and preprints

Conference organization

Since 1982Member of numerous programme and organisation committees of international conferences, full responsibility in particular in
1996Head of the programme and organisation committees of the International Workshop ProDynamics’96 – Progress in Theory and Applications of Modelling Aquatic Population Dynamics, March 5–9, University of Hamburg, Germany
(Main funding by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG and GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht, Germany)
2000Head of the programme and organisation committees of the International Conference Systems Science 2000 – Integrative Approaches to Natural and Social Dynamics, March 20–22, Osnabrück University, Germany
(Main funding by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG)
2013Head of the programme and organisation committees of the International Conference MPDE’13 – Models in Population Dynamics and Ecology, August 26–29, Osnabrück University, Germany
(Main funding by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG, Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture MWK, ESMTB, SMB)

Academic self-management at Osnabrück University

since 1997Member and from 2005-2014 Head of Examination Board Systems Science
2002Dean of the School of Mathematics/Computer Science
2003Member of the Senate of Osnabrück University
2005-2014Student Advisory Service Systems Science
2006-2015Member of Selection Committee for DAAD Grants USA/Canada
since 2008Departmental Coordinator of International Relations incl. Erasmus Programme
since 2014

Member of the Faculty Council of the School of Mathematics/Computer Science

since 2015Executive Director of the Institute of Environmental Systems Research

Editorial Boards

Since 2000Environmental Modeling & Assessment (Springer)
since 2004Ecological Complexity, Associate Editor (Elsevier)

Memberships

Since 1994Society for Mathematical Biology (USA)
since 2001European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology