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Dr Ulrike Bauer


2017 - present Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Bristol
2014 - 2016 Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Bristol
2010 - 2013 Henslow Research Fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, University of Cambridge / Robinson College Cambridge
2006 - 2010 PhD (Zoology), University of Cambridge / Trinity College Cambridge
2002 - 2006 Diploma of Biology, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
2000 - 2002 Pre-diploma of Biology, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
1996 - 2000 Horticulturist, Solingen Botanical Garden



My fascination for the biomechanical aspects of plant-insect interactions was sparked off during an undergraduate research project on Asian Nepenthes pitcher plants at the University of Würzburg in 2004. Since then, my research has revolved around the topic of specialised, slippery plant surfaces, gradually broadening in scope and methodology. In 2006, I was awarded an External Research Scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and moved to the Insect Biomechanics Lab of Dr Walter Federle. Many extended field trips to South East Asia followed, during which I supervised project students, gave public lectures, learned to speak Malay, and established a network of lasting scientific and administrative contacts. After graduating with a PhD in Zoology in 2010, I continued my research as an independent Junior Research Fellow, first at the Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge, and since January 2014, at the School of Biological Sciences in Bristol where I currently hold a Royal Society URF. In my quest to understand the 'mechanical ecology' of plants and insects, I currently collaborate with molecular biologists, chemical and mechanical engineers, ecologists and biomechanics researchers in three continents. In my spare time, I like to explore the natural world with a camera and set of binoculars, and push my personal bounderies as a competitive rower and keen climber.