Dr. Mozes P.K. Blom
Mozes, also known as ‘Moos’ (though not pronounced like the humongous deer!), did his PhD at the Australian National University under supervision of Prof. Craig Moritz. He is also a former graduate of the Erasmus Mundus MEME program in Evolutionary Biology during which he spend time at Uppsala University (Sweden), the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Seewiesen (Germany) and Harvard University (USA). Following his dissertation work, he moved back to Sweden (can’t go without cinnamon rolls for too long!) for a postdoctoral project at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Sweden). In his research, he focuses on natural study systems and utilises recently developed molecular techniques to infer the evolutionary history of species, populations and genes. In his free time he loves going on adventures with his favourite Greeky and Dutch-Korean-Greek F1, and can often be found scouring Berlin for the best ramen place.
The Museum für Naturkunde is an exciting place to do your research, with state-of-the-art facilities for genomic studies in place and direct access to the museum’s world renowned collections. Moreover, Germany has a number of Postdoctoral fellowships for early career researchers (e.g. Humboldt and DFG Walter Benjamin program) and we are keen to chat about any possible collaborative projects.
We have recently secured funding for a four year PhD project to continue our work focused on interspecific hybridisation in Birds-of-Paradise. This will be a joint research project between the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Dr. Martin Irestedt) and our group. If interested, please do not hesitate and contact us for further information.
We are always keen to host new PhD students since they are really the ones that push our research into unexplored directions. The Museum für Naturkunde has an excellent infrastructure to accommodate a broad spectrum of research questions (e.g. wet-lab facilities, 3D imaging, HPC cluster) and provides additional support to develop personal research skills (conference attendance, workshop visits, etc.). Besides research, we all strongly value a good work/life balance and the city of Berlin is a vibrant, affordable and unique place to live. If interested, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can discuss common interest and possible funding opportunities (e.g. Elsa-Neumann or DAAD).
Mr. Mario Ernst (2019-2020)
Mario started his Master’s program at Stockholm University and is doing a joint research project between the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Dr. Martin Irestedt) and our group. He is broadly interested in evolutionary questions and conservation research, and his Master’s project is focused on population genomics of South-East Asian Orioles. Beyond his thesis work, he is an avid climber and is always on the look out for the next fieldwork opportunity.