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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger


 Curriculum Vitae



Personal Details         
Name Volker Josef Mosbrugger
Date of Birth 12.7.1953 in Konstanz
Marital Status

married, 2 children

University Education  
1989 Habilitation at the University of Bonn
1983 Dr. rer. nat. at the University of Freiburg
1980 – 1983 Dissertation in Geology and Paleontology at the University of Freiburg
1979 Final examination in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Freiburg
1973 – 1979 Student of Biology, Marine Biology and Chemistry at the University of Freiburg and Montpellier in France
Professional Experience  
since Jan. 2009 Director General of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
since Oct. 2005 Professor W3 at the Department of Geosciences, University of Frankfurt;
Director of the Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
1990 – 2005 Professor C4 at the Institute for Geosciences, University of Tübingen
1990 Assistant Professor at the Institute for Paleontology, University of Bonn
1984 – 1989 Assistant Lecturer at the Institute for Paleontology, University of Bonn
1980 – 1983 Research assistant at the Institute of Biology II, University of Freiburg
Prizes and Awards  
August 2013 Cretzschmar Medal of the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
June 2005 Honorary Doctorate at the University Claude Bernard Lyon, France
September 2001 Honorary Professor at the Jilin University, Changchun, China
February 1999 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize awarded by the DFG (750.000 €)
  Elected member of the „Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften“, the „Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz“, the “Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina zu Halle” and the „Deutschen Akademie der Technikwissenschaften“ – acatech
Functions in Scientific Commissions and Projects (selection)  
2010 – 2012 Vice President of the Leibniz Gemeinschaft
Since 2011 Scientific coordinator of the BMBF research programme “Central Asia – Monsoon dynamics and Geo-ecosystems” – CAME and project leader of the BMBF-joint-project „Pasture Degradation Monitoring System“ – PaDeMoS
Since 2009 Director of the Goethe Graduate Academy GRADE of the Goethe University Frankfurt
Since 2008 Speaker of the Project “Role of Culture in Early Expansion of Humans” – ROCEEH of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften
Since 2008 Scientific co- coordinator of the DFG Priority Programme 1372 “Tibetan Plateau: Formation - Climate - Ecosystems” – TiP
2008 – 2014 Scientific coordinator of the LOEWE “Biodiversity and Climate Research Center”  – BiK-F
2002 – 2008 Chair of the DFG Senate Commission for “Geowissenschaftliche Gemeinschaftsforschung“
1994 – 2001 Speaker of the Collaborative Research Centre „Climatically Coupled Processes of Mesozoic & Cenozoic Geo-Ecosystems“ (SFB 275, DFG)
Research Areas  
  Biodiversity and environmental research, evolution and construction of terrestrial plants / development of vegetation, evolution of terrestrial ecosystems and paleoclimate, Earth System management issues