Prof. Marcus KochCurriculum Vitae

Academic Career


2016 – 2019
Managing Director COS
Since 2011
Founding member and member of the Directorate of the "Centre for the Environment Heidelberg" (HCE)
Since 2011
Founding director "Centre for Organismal Studies Heidelberg" (COS)
Since 2010
Head "Heidelberg Biodiversity Research Center"
Since 2009
Member of the Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
2008 – 2016
Spokesman "Heidelberg Young University"
2007 – 2010
Dean (Studies), Faculty Advisory Board
2005 – 2007
Managing director HIP
since 2003
Full Professor (C4) and Director at Heidelberg Institute of Plant Sciences (HIP) (until launch of COS) and Director of the Botanical Gardens and Herbarium Heidelberg (HEID)
1999 – 2003
Research assistant/aoProfessor at University of Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (Habilitation in Systematic Botany, 2002)
1998 – 1999
Postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena
1996 – 1998
Postdoc at the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne
Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Biology (University of Osnabrück)


  • 2022/2023  Marsilius fellowship (excellence initiative, DFG/Heidelberg University
  • 2021             Guestprofessor at ETH Zurich
  • 2019             Guestprofessor at UC, Santiago de Chile
  • 2016             Guestprofessor and full faculty member at Praque University
  • 2014             Marsilius fellowship (excellence initiative, DFG/Heidelberg University
  • 2013             Elected member of the „Akademie für ökologische Landschaftsforschung“
  • 1992-1995   Fellow „Studienstiftung Deustches Volk“

Additional Information

  • Reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG), Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), European Research Council (ERC), NSF (USA), Czech Science Foundation (GACR), Polish Academy of Science and others
  • Ad hoc reviewer for Science, Nature, eLIFE, Nature Comm., Nature Plant, New Phytologist, Trends in Plant Science, PNAS (USA), Annals of Botany, and many other journals
  • Editor-in-Chief Plant Perspectives in Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, Advisory board Ruperto Carola
  • Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) member