Michael Matschiner

After a brief excursion into microbiology, Michael found his interest in evolutionary biology during his diploma (equivalent to MSc) studies. He familiarized himself with phylogenetics and population genetics during his PhD thesis work on the adaptive radiation of Antarctic icefishes, and gained expertise in Bayesian inference and genomics during his first postdoctoral research at the Universities of Canterbury and Oslo. He highly appreciates how his international network of collaborators manages to keeps him well-supplied with massive and exciting genomic datasets, allowing him to train his bioinformatics skills and make interesting discoveries along the way.


University of Oslo, Norway | Since 2021
Associate Professor in Vertebrate Zoology and curator of the fish collection at the Natural History Museum

University of Zurich, Switzerland | 2018-2021
Postdoctoral fellow at the Palaeontological Institute and Museum

University of Basel, Switzerland | 2017-2018
Postdoctoral fellow at the Zoological Institute, Department of Environmental Sciences

University of Oslo, Norway | 2013-2017
Researcher at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biosciences

University of Canterbury, New Zealand | 2012-2013
Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow


University of Basel, Switzerland | 2008-2011
PhD thesis in the group of Walter Salzburger, Zoological Institute, Department of Environmental Sciences

University of Konstanz, Germany | 2002-2008
Diploma studies of Biological Sciences

Thore Koppetsch

A strong interest in zoology and passion for organismic research motivate Thore to study how diversification is emerging, developing, and changing in different organisms. During his bachelor and master studies at the Universities of Kiel and Bonn and the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig he was working with the morphology, taxonomy, and phylogeny of reptiles. He occupied himself intensively with molecular, phylogenetic, and bioinformatic methods and techniques during several research stays in other herpetological laboratories in the context of several completed and ongoing projects dealing with systematics, phylogenetics, and functional morphology of herpetofaunal diversity. However, Thore has a wide-ranging and broad interest in evolutionary biology, organismic zoology, and biodiversity, and is excited to study the role of hybridization in a broader context across several vertebrates.


University of Oslo, Norway | Since 2021
PhD thesis in the Evoinformatics Group at the Natural History Museum

University of Bonn, Germany | 2018-2020
Master studies in Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology

University of Kiel, Germany | 2015-2018
Bachelor studies in Biology

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