Ulf Dieckmann

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Ulf Dieckmann
Habilitation, Biomathematics, University of Vienna, Austria, 2000
PhD, Biology, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 1997
Master’s degree, Physics, University of Aachen, Germany, 1994
Bachelor’s degree, Physics, University of Aachen, Germany, 1990


Ulf Dieckmann is working on eco-evolutionary dynamics, adaptive dynamics theory, speciation theory, food-web dynamics, spatial ecology, life-history theory, fisheries management, fisheries-induced evolution, cooperation evolution, common-good management, disease evolution, network dynamics, and systemic risk. In 1994, Ulf received his master’s degree in theoretical physics from the University of Aachen, Germany. In 1997, he completed his PhD research in theoretical biology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. In 2000, he obtained his habilitation (professorial license) in biomathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria. He has worked at Stanford University and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, USA, the Research Center Jülich, Germany, the University of York, UK, Leiden University, The Netherlands, the University of Vienna, Austria, and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Montpellier, France, a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany, a dean of the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, and an associate faculty member at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna, Austria. He has advised 100+ PhD students and 35+ postdoctoral scholars, and has published five edited books and 260+ research articles.

Professional Experience

  • Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Hayama, Japan
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria


  • Golden Vienna Brain, Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF), Austria, 2005
  • Kees Bakker Prize, Institute of Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 1998
  • Springorum Medal, University of Aachen, Germany, 1995

Select Publications

  • Soudijn FH, van Denderen PD, Heino M, Dieckmann U & de Roos AM (2021). Harvesting forage fish can prevent fishing-induced population collapses of large piscivorous fish. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 118: e1917079118
  • Lee JH, Iwasa Y, Dieckmann U & Sigmund K (2019). Social evolution leads to persistent corruption. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 116: 13276–13281
  • Falster DS, Brännström Å, Westoby M & Dieckmann U (2017). Multi-trait successional forest dynamics enable diverse competitive coexistence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 114: E2719–E2728
  • Eikeset AM, Dunlop ES, Heino M, Storvik G, Stenseth NC & Dieckmann U (2016). Roles of density-dependent growth and life history evolution in accounting for fisheries-induced trait changes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 113: 15030–15035
  • Frank AB, Goud Collins M, Levin SA, Lo AW, Ramo J, Dieckmann U, Kremenyuk V, Kryazhimskiy AV, Linnerooth-Bayer J, Ramalingam B, Roy JS, Saari DG, Thurner S & von Winterfeldt D (2014). Dealing with femtorisks in international relations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 111: 17356–17362
  • Eikeset AM, Richter A, Dunlop ES, Dieckmann U & Stenseth NC (2013). Economic repercussions of fisheries-induced evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 110: 12259–12264
  • M’Gonigle LK, Mazzucco R, Otto SP & Dieckmann U (2012). Sexual selection enables long-term coexistence despite ecological equivalence. Nature 484: 506–509
  • Sasaki T, Brännström Å, Dieckmann U & Sigmund K (2012). The take-it-or-leave-it option allows small penalties to overcome social dilemmas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 109: 1165–1169
  • Gross T, Rudolf L, Levin SA & Dieckmann U (2009). Generalized models reveal stabilizing factors in food webs. Science 325: 747–750
  • Jørgensen C, Enberg K, Dunlop ES, Arlinghaus R, Boukal DS, Brander K, Ernande B, Gårdmark A, Johnston F, Matsumura S, Pardoe H, Raab K, Silva A, Vainikka A, Dieckmann U, Heino M & Rijnsdorp AD (2007). Managing evolving fish stocks. Science 318: 1247–1248
  • Dieckmann U, Doebeli M, Metz JAJ & Tautz D eds. (2004). Adaptive Speciation. Cambridge University Press
  • Ferrière R, Dieckmann U & Couvet D eds. (2004). Evolutionary Conservation Biology. Cambridge University Press
  • Olsen EM, Heino M, Lilly GR, Morgan MJ, Brattey J, Ernande B & Dieckmann U (2004). Maturation trends indicative of rapid evolution preceded the collapse of northern cod. Nature 428: 932–935
  • Doebeli M & Dieckmann U (2003). Speciation along environmental gradients. Nature 421: 259–264
  • Dieckmann U, Metz JAJ, Sabelis MW & Sigmund K eds. (2002). Adaptive Dynamics of Infectious Diseases: In Pursuit of Virulence Management. Cambridge University Press
  • Dieckmann U, Law R & Metz JAJ eds. (2000). The Geometry of Ecological Interactions: Simplifying Spatial Complexity. Cambridge University Press
  • Dieckmann U & Doebeli M (1999). On the origin of species by sympatric speciation. Nature 400: 354–357
  • Dieckmann U & Law R (1996). The dynamical theory of coevolution: A derivation from stochastic ecological processes. Journal of Mathematical Biology 34: 579–612