Director, Education and Outreach, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
Before devoting his career to Biology Dirk did an apprenticeship as a gardener. Later he graduated in Ecology & Evolution at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and did his PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Konstanz. In 2006, Dirk moved with his family to Canada and joined the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO). He has been involved in barcoding research since its early days.
Dirk’s passion was always aquatic life starting in his childhood when he and his father kept and bred hundreds of ornamental fish species in various tanks at home. Since 2005, Dirk has been active in FishBOL the initiative to barcode all fish species of the world and for over four years, Dirk has led a global project to barcode marine animals (MarBOL).
Dirk was involved in teaching throughout his academic career and enjoys sharing scientific knowledge with people of all ages. He has a blog on DNA barcoding, is editor of the Barcode bulletin, and a prolific writer on related subjects. Dirk has recently been appointed BIO’s Director for Education and Outreach.
Dirk is an avid SF and Fantasy fan, a passionate cook, a collector of classic rock music, and enjoys model-building of historical ships. However, most of his free time he likes to spend with his wife and two children.