Philipp Hirsch, PhD


Programm MGU
Universität Basel
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel
+41 61 207 04 07

Research interests

Current collaborations

  • Hydropower Economics
    Hannes Weigt (CH)
  • Animal Personality
    Tomas Brodin (SE)
  • Invasion biology
    Mikael Deurs (DNK)
  • Phenotypic plasticity and epigenetics in fish
    Jasminca Behrmann-Godel (D)


I have been teaching at university for more than 10 years in more than 10 courses of different formats.
At my current position my teaching includes the following courses:

  • Global Change Ecology, 3 credit points
  • Modern Biomarkers, 3 credit points
  • Adaptations of aquatic communities to climate change and hydropower, 3 credit points
  • Freshwater Fish of Europe – Biology and Management, CAS-course

As part of my engagement in teaching, I have supervised 16 undergraduate and one graduate student.

Professional Experience

I have experience in publishing research both within specialized subjects of ecology and across scientific disciplines.  
The basis of my professional experience is a profound education with a M.Sc. degree in biology from the University of Konstanz in Germany and a PhD in limnology from Uppsala University in Sweden.
I have experience from working in a variety of contexts through studies at three universities in Germany, PhD-projects in Sweden and Poland, and Post-doc projects in Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany.
My recent experiences increasingly cross disciplinary boundaries and include work on socio-ecological questions and the combination of ecology and economics.

Link to CV

Water is the actual habitat of this planet. Sometimes I look at fish and I long to be as much at home on this planet as they are.

Personal information

I am a married father of two.