University of Konstanz

Wikelski Lab

Dr. Robert Kraus

Room Z805

78764 Konstanz


Dr. Robert Kraus

Dr. Robert Kraus

Dr. Robert Kraus


Research Scientist


  • +49 7531 88-3479



Main Focus

My major interest is to study and understand patterns and processes with little restrictions on taxonomic groups. However, over the years I have become most involved with birds – especially ducks – and mammals. Besides these groups I happily study any system, with an emphasis on genetic techniques in Molecular Ecology, Evolution and Conservation. Interdisciplinary aspects and collaboration attract me a lot more than high specialization on narrowed-down topics. During my undergraduate and PhD education, and also during my postdoctoral experiences, I was allowed to develop a strong interest for the combination of (population) genetics and ecological/organismal questions, as well as becoming involved in more applied fields of conservation genetics. I like to share ideas and work in a team environment, where all members profit from the resulting synergy. Therefore, I believe in an open and collaborative atmosphere.  

My research interests span, but are not necessarily restricted to: Evolutionary biology, population genetics, conservation genetics, phylogenetics, biodiversity, advanced molecular techniques such as, next generation sequencing and genomics  

If you find some of my past and present projects ( interesting, or would just like to get in touch with me for any other reason, feel free to contact me. I am looking forward to hearing from you and maybe building up the next project within our collaboration.  

Professional societies
German Ornithologists’ Society

German Society for Mammalian Biology

Editorial Services

Editorial board memberships: BMC Genetics (, Axios Review (

Referee for funding agencies: Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP); Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), UK; NWO SANPAD, The Netherlands; National Science Centre, Poland; The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), Belgium

Referee for international journals: Scientific Reports; Molecular Ecology; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Mol Ecology Resources; PLoS ONE; Journal of Ornithology; The Auk; Journal of Avian Biology; Mammal Review; Mammal Research; Animal; European J of Wildlife Res; Journal of Raptor Research; Animal Conservation; Endangered Species Res; Infection, Genetics and Evolution; Animal Genetics; J of Fish and Wildlife Manag; Conservation Genet Resour; BMC Research Notes; South African J Anim Sci; International J of Mol Sci; Anaerobe

Awards: Top Reviewer for Molecular Ecology 2014 & 2015

Curriculum Vitae

2014 – present Assistant Professor, University of Konstanz, Germany
2014 – present Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell, Germany
2012 – Group leader (acting) of the Conservation Genetics Group, Senckenberg Gelnhausen, Germany
2011 – 2013 Postdoc at the Conservation Genetics Group, Senckenberg Gelnhausen, Germany
2011 – PhD, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
2007 – Diploma, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department Wikelski
  • IMPRS Faculty
  • MPI for Ornithology Radolfzell
  • University of Konstanz
Go to Editor View
loading content