I was born in 1975 and studied animal behaviour, ecology and evolution at the Universities of Bielefeld, Oxford and Cambridge. After my PhD in 2000, I moved to the University of Cambridge as a Post-doc. I led an independent research group in behavioural ecology from 2003-2009 and was also Director of Studies in Biology at Churchill College. I took up a senior lectureship at the University of Bath in 2009 and became full professor and head of department of animal behaviour at Bielefeld University in 2010. My research focusses on the evolution of behaviour of birds and mammals and has been recognized by several national and international scientific prizes. Since 2018, I am the speaker of a Collaborative Research Centre of the German Research Foundation and in 2020, I was elected member of the seal survival specialist group of the IUCN.
Since the age of 14, wildlife photography has been my great passion. To observe, study, understand and photographically document the wonderful behaviour of animals has been my goal now for over 30 years. I have guided and led wildlife trips since the age of 22. By now, more than 75 research and study trips have taken me and my cameras to all continents on earth, from the deserts of the Atacama, Kalahari and Namib, the rainforests of the Amazon, Congo, Sumatra and Papua New Guinea, to the mountains such as Kilimanjaro, the Andes and the Himalaya. I also participated in two Antarctic expeditions on board the “Polarstern” in 1998 and 2000 and have been to the Arctic and Antarctica more than 20 times. I like to spread my enthusiasm for wildlife and wildlife photography to everyone who is not infected by it yet.