Dr. Clemens Küpper

Dr. Clemens Küpper

Research Group Leader
IMPRS Faculty
MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen
Research Group Küpper
+49 8157 932-299
Seewiesen, Haus 5, 0.20,

Main Focus

I’m interested in the evolution of social behaviour, particularly the behaviours that are associated with mating and parental care.  Reproduction is the major life cycle stage, which decides over the evolutionary success or failure of an individual. Not surprisingly competition for mates and mate choice have led to many spectacular ornaments and elaborate behaviours. I try to understand fitness consequences of behaviours and traits associated with mating and parental care. I fell in love with shorebirds (or ‘waders’) during my Masters project and have stuck to them ever since. Because many shorebird populations are threatened, I use the data collected for our academic studies to improve their conservation.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Positions
since 2016          Max-Planck-Research-Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen
2015 – 2016       Assistant Professor of Biodiversity and Evolution, University of Graz, Austria
2012 – 2015       Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sheffield, UK
2010 – 2012       DAAD Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, USA
2008 – 2009       Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bath, UK

2004 – 2008        PhD, University of Bath, UK
2000 – 2001        Masters, Konrad-Lorenz-Institute for Comparative Ethology, Austria
1998 – 2000        Undergraduate studies in Biology, University of Vienna, Austria
1995 – 1998        Undergraduate studies in Biology, University of Greifswald, Germany

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