Matthias Weissensteiner



Matthias Weissensteiner

Affiliation / Institution

Evolutionary Biology Centre


Uppsala, Sweden


Matthias comes from Austria and is currently working on his PhD at the Evolutionary Biology Centre in Uppsala in Sweden. Together with Jan Engler he founded the EOU “Fledglings”. He says about his interest:
“I have been interested in ornithology since my early childhood and joined BirdLife Austria at the age of 10. Since then, my passion for ornithology and science in general was ever increasing, leading to my entrance to university studies in 2005 (behavioral biology, ecology and evolution). During my studies I did several ornithological internships and jobs abroad, which showed me how important it is to think on an international level. After I started my academic studies in biology at the University of Graz in Austria, I went on some internships and jobs abroad, involving bird migration monitoring and ringing in Canada, Azerbaijan, Egypt and Russia. During that time my interest started to shift gradually from a general affinity to birds as a group of organisms to a more scientific viewpoint, questioning the mechanisms behind behaviour, ecology and evolution. In February 2014 I started my PhD in Uppsala on the speciation genetics of crows, investigating speciation genetics in the Corvus corone / cornix system. Using a broad array of different methods ranging from behavioural experiments in common garden environments to whole-genome and -transcriptome sequencing we study the mechanistic underpinnings of speciation on a genomic level.

This is how Matthias explains his engagement for the EOU:
“I try to interact with the ornithological community as much as possible and I hope that the ‘EOU fledglings’, which I co-founded together with Jan Engler, are a vivid portal through which young and upcoming ornithologists can enter the established scene. I think I would be suited as a EOU council member, because as a PhD student I can represent the viewpoint of early-career researchers and contribute opinions / issues special to this peer group. Furthermore, the research lab I am working in is very international (13 different countries), which has helped me a lot to learn how to communicate across cultures or languages. I would be glad if I could continue to contribute to the work of the EOU council and help whenever I can!”