My research interests encompass various facets of animal ecology and evolution. Currently, my primary focus is within the field of insect-plant interactions, specifically, the eco-evolutionary mechanisms that underlie range dynamics. My work predominantly revolves around (range-expanding) butterflies and their host plants, employing a multidisciplinary approach. This encompasses, for instance, common garden experiments, ecological niche modelling and, more recently, the implementation of chemical ecology methods, such as GC-MS, to elucidate variations in phenotypic and life history traits as well as movement patterns along latitudinal gradients. At the moment I'm particularly intrigued by the study of behavioural plasticity, such as learning, as a mechanism underlying flexible resource use behaviour of herbivore insects during range shifts.

Bachelor (Forstzoologie und Forstentomologie)
Master (Ökophysiologische und genetische Übungen)