Joe Hoffman


My research tackles important and timely questions at the interface of evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics using a combination of classical population genetics and state-of-the-art population genomics.  I am particularly interested in the factors that shape genetic diversity over space and time, as well as in the impacts of genetic variation on individual fitness, population growth and eco-evolutionary dynamics.  My research is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary, embracing diverse approaches such as chromatography-mass spectrometry, stable isotope analysis, endocrinological and immunological profiling, movement analysis, in situ mesocosms, reciprocal transplant experiments and thermal challenge experiments.

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  • 1999–2003: PhD in Evolutionary Genetics – University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1996–1997: MSc in Integrative Bioscience – University of Oxford, UK
  • 1991–1994: BSc (First Class Honours) in Environmental Biology – University of Wales, Swansea, UK
Professional experience
  • 2019–present: Honorary Professor of the Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
  • 2018–present: Extraordinary Professor – Bielefeld University, Germany
  • 2018–present: Honorary fellow of the British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • 2012–2017: Associate Professor – Bielefeld University, Germany
  • 2011–2012: Assistant Professor – Bielefeld University, Germany
  • 2008–2010: Natural Research Environment Council Strategic Alliance Postdoctoral Fellow – British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • 2004–2007: Postdoctoral Fellow – University of Cambridge, UK

Contact Details

Department of Animal Behaviour
Bielefeld University
Postfach 100131
33501 Bielefeld

e-mail: joseph.hoffman[at]
telephone: +49 (0)521 1062711
skype: joe_hoffman
twitter: @J_I_Hoffman