Short CV of Paul Schmid-Hempel



Paul Schmid-Hempel studied biology and ecology at the University of Zurich where he graduated with a study on North African desert ants. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at Oxford University (with JR Krebs), and a National Science Foundation research professor at Basel University (with SC Stearns), before being appointed Professor of Experimental Ecology at ETH Zurich. Paul Schmid-Hempel was a honorary research fellow at La Trobe University in Melbourne and a Co-PI on a ARC Discovery Project (with RC Crozier). He is member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and a Permanent Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Sciences).

Paul Schmid-Hempel's research interests focus on the coevolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions. In particular, he has contributed to the understanding of strategies of host defences and the dynamics of infectious diseases in social insects. He was also instrumental in developing the field of ecological immunology and in the use of evolutionary concepts for the study of parasitism. Schmid-Hempel is the author of "Parasites in Social Insects" (1998, Princeton), and "Evolutionary Parasitology" (2011, Oxford).

Collaborating Partners