November 18, 1965 in Munich. Study of Zoology at the LMU in Munich (1985-1991).
PhD at the University of Bielefeld (1994). Postdoc at the University of
Washington, Seattle (1995-1998) and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Institute in Panama (1996-1998). Assistant Professor at the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998-2000) and at Princeton University (2000-2005);
then Associate Professor (2005-2008) in Princeton. Since December 2007 Wikelski
is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell. He was
Full Professor at the University of Konstanz (2007-2016) and is Honorary
Professor since 2016.
Wikelski was 1998 Niko-Tinbergen Laureate of the German Ethological Society and
2000 Bartholomew Laureate of the Society for Integrative and Comparative
Biology. In 2008 the National Geographic Society honored him as “Emerging
Explorer”, and in 2010 he was designated “Adventurer of the Year” for his
leading contribution to the research of global animal migration. He became
elected member of the Leopoldina, the German national science academy, in 2014
and was awarded with the Max Planck Research Award in 2016.
Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):
- Department Wikelski
- IMPRS Board
- IMPRS Faculty
- MPI for Ornithology Radolfzell
- University of Konstanz