Dr. Hildegard Uecker

Research group leader
"Stochastic evolutionary dynamics"
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Department of Evolutionary Theory
August-Thienemann-Str. 2
24306 Plön, Germany

Phone: + 49 4522 763-536
Email: uecker@nullevolbio.mpg.de


Research


My research focuses on adaptation in populations that are severely challenged either by environmental change (natural populations) or by exposure to drug treatment (pathogen populations). I hope that insights from my research can contribute to improving conservation efforts and assist in decelerating the emergence of drug resistance. As a mathematician, I am mainly interested in stochastic modeling (in particular in the application of branching process theory to problems in biology).

For more information, see the website of the research group "Stochastic evolutionary dynamics".


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Outreach


I enjoy scientific outreach. I am a collaborator on the correspondence seminar "Selected topics in Evolutionary Biology" ( STEB ), which introduces high school students to various topics in evolutionary biology in five series per school year. In the school year 2017-2018, I contributed a series about the evolution of antibiotic resistance (pdf). Currently, I am working on a series about viruses.

For the Max Planck Day that took place in September 2018, I gave a talk on antibiotic resistance evolution to several classes at the Ernestinen-Schule in Lübeck (slides in German). Afterwards, the students did a little project, simulating evolution with (virtual) dice.

Short CV



Publications


For a complete publication list, see here.

(Google Scholar)

PhD thesis:

Fate and fortuity: Branching process models for the establishment and fixation of beneficial alleles (link).

Diploma thesis:

Zur Temperatur und zur Geschwindigkeitsverteilung in granularen Gasen (On the temperature and on the distribution of velocities in granular gases).