Gisela Kopp as first Hector Fellow at the Zukunftskoleg

We welcome biologist Gisela Kopp, who is the first researcher to receive a Hector Pioneer Fellowship! Gisela joined the Zukunftskolleg on March 1, 2018.

Gisela has been a researcher at the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell since 2016, investigating the relationship between behaviour and genetics and its impact on speciation. She combines behavioural ecology with genomics, field studies, laboratory analysis and computer simulation to better understand the evolutionary dynamics and behavioural patterns of wild animals. “I am very pleased to be able to continue my research as a Hector Pioneer Fellow. The excellent working conditions, high degree of independence and long-term prospects that this position promises will enable me to explore unusual research questions and new avenues of thought”, the biologist says.

The Zukunftskolleg was able to establish the Hector Pioneer Fellowship in 2017 thanks to the generous support from the Hector Stiftung II (Hector Foundation II). It provides outstanding early career researchers from MINT disciplines (mathematics, computer and information science, natural sciences, technology) with the opportunity to build up an independent early career research group at the Zukunftskolleg. The five-year fellowship is geared specifically towards scientists who pursue innovative and interdisciplinary research approaches.

Find more information about her here.