Michael Kopp was born in Munich, Germany, in 1973. He studied biology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Munich, Germany from 1992 to 1998. In 2003, he received a Ph.D. degree for his work on phenotypic plasticity in ciliates, which he conducted at the Max-Planck-Institute of Limnology (now MPI of Evolutionary Biology) in Plön, Germany. While initially working experimentally, he later made a switch to mathematical modeling. From 2003 to 2004, he did a postdoc with Sergey Gavrilets at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn, USA, where he worked on population-genetics models of coevolution. In 2004, he went back to Munich to join the research group of Joachim Hermisson, with whom he moved to Vienna in 2007. He is currently a Senior Postdoctoral in the Mathematics and BioSciences Group at the University of Vienna, working mainly on models of speciation with gene-flow and of adaptation to environmental change. More broadly, his areas of interest include evolutionary ecology, population genetics, frequency-dependent selection, adaptation, speciation, coevolution, and phenotypic plasticity.
Biography Updated on 2 May 2011