Special Issue "A Themed Issue in Honor of Prof. Dr. Michael Wink on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday: Medicinal Plants, Ornithology and Evolution"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 12101
Interests: molecular evolution; dynamic of communities and populations; plant-insects interactions, ecology; tools: Mitochondrial DNA; ISSR; cuticular hydrocarbons; field ecology; model organisms: Lepidoptera; diptera; spiders
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This Special Issue is dedicated to Prof. Dr. Michael Wink, Professor at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, Heidelberg University, Germany, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, and in honor of his achievements in the fields of medicinal plants, ornithology, chemical ecology and evolution.
From 1971 to 1977 he studied biology and chemistry at the University of Bonn. In 1980, Michael Wink became a Dr. rerum naturalium at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He then continued to work there as a postdoc and habilitated in 1984/85 for "Pharmaceutical Biology".
From 1986, he worked as a Heisenberg scholarship holder of the DFG at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, and at the Gene Center of the LMU in Munich, until, in 1988, he accepted a call from the University of Mainz to become a C3 professor of Pharmaceutical Biology. In 1989, he moved to Heidelberg University as Professor of Pharmaceutical Biology (C4). Michael Wink was a director of the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, Dept. of Biology, until 2019. From 1990 to 2002, he was dean or vice dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy; from 1999 to 2005 and from 2012 to September 2018, he was the founder and dean of studies in Molecular Biotechnology (BSc, MSc); from 2005 to 2007, Wink worked as vice dean for Research, Faculty of Biosciences. Since October 2019, Michael Wink has been a Senior Professor at Heidelberg University. He is a guest professor at Northeast Forestry University (Harbin, China) and IPN/CEPROBI (Yautepec, Morelos, Mexico).
Michael’s over 32 years of professorship have not only been very successful and productive (over 1200 original papers, many book chapters and more than 20 books, 125 PhD students, and innumerable MSc and undergraduate students), but also, and this we know from our own experience, has at all times been governed by modesty, by humanness, and friendliness towards all his students, coworkers, and colleagues. One of Michael's main strengths is his openness, providing students and colleagues from all over the world with opportunities to work in his lab. It was not uncommon to find more than 15 different nationalities in his institute, many of them from emerging countries on all continents. The scientific wealth associated with the cultural diversity of his co-workers partly explains the international success story of the institute.
We, therefore, gladly dedicate this Special Issue to Prof. Dr. Michael Wink, and we really hope you will enjoy it.
Dr. Luc Legal
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- chemical ecology
- molecular ecology
- plant–insect relationships