PrintProf Dr Hildegard Westphal

Director of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology
(geb. 1968)  

Degrees in Geology, Geophysics and Paleontology at the Universities of Brisbane and Tübingen
1995 – 1997 PhD student at GEOMAR Research Center for marine Geosciences, University of Kiel
2004 Habilitation at University of Tübingen, venia legendi for Geology

Education and Career
1998 – 1999 Post-Doctoral Research Associate at University of Miami, USA, Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
1999 – 2003 Assistant professor at University of Hannover
2003 – 2004 HWP-Grant of the State of Bavaria at University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
2005 – 2010 Heisenberg-Grant of the German Science Foundation, University of Bremen
2010 Chair for Sedimentology at University of Heidelberg
Since 2010 Director of the Leibniz-Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) and professor for Geology of the Tropics at University of Bremen
Current extra- and interdisciplinary commitment (selected):
Since 2011 Scientific Vice-President of Leibniz Gemeinschaft
Since 2012 Member of the Board of Trustees of Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research, Geomar
Since 2013 Member of the Board of Governors of Jacobs University Bremen
Since 2014 Member of the Foundation Board of Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander König
Since 2016 Member of the University Council of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Awards and accolades
  • Hans-Cloos-Preis 2003 of the German Geological Society
  • Walter-Schall-Preis 2003 of the Society of naturalists of Württemberg
  • Albert-Maucher-Preis 2004 of the German Science Foundation (DFG)