Prof. Dr. Mark van Kleunen

AG Ecology

Education and Employment

Biology studies

(cum laude)

Aug 1992–Aug 1997

University of Utrecht,

the Netherlands

PhD in biology

(with distinction)

Nov 1997–Feb 2001

University of Zurich,


Postdoctoral fellow

Feb 2001–Feb 2002

University of Zurich,


Postdoctoral fellow

Mar 2002– Jul 2003

University of British Columbia,


Postdoctoral fellow

Aug 2003–Mar 2004

University of KwaZulu-Natal,

South Africa

Research assistant/lecturer

Apr 2004–Aug 2005

University of Potsdam,


Postdoctoral fellow

Sep 2005–Mar 2007

University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of Stellenbosch,

South Africa

Junior group leader


Apr 2007–Jan 2011

University of Bern,


Full professor

Feb 2011–

University of Konstanz,


Editorial boards


  • Associate editor of Neobiota (since 2010)


  • Co-editor of Plant Biology (2008 - 2011)
  • Associate editor of PLoS ONE (2012-2013)
  • Associate editor of Conservation Physiology (2012-2017)
  • Associate editor of Evolutionary Ecology (2005-2018)
  • Associate editor of Diversity and Distributions (2011-2018)


  • Prize for outstanding PhD thesis of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science of the
    University of Zurch, Switzerland (2001)
  • Travel prize of Centre for Invasion Biology for the best presentation by a post-doctoral associate (2006)
  • Theodor-Kocher Prize for best young scientist at University of Bern (2010)