Short CV/Education and training

  • Meike Köhler is ICREA Senior Research Professor at the Catalan Institute of Paleontology (Barcelona, Catalonia) and head of the Group of Evolutionary Paleobiology of this centre. She is Associated Professor at the Department of Ecology at the University of Barcelona (UB). She studied Geology and Paleontology at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and made her PhD in Paleontology at the same university.

    Her research area is Evolutionary Paleobiology of mammals, with a special focus on the evolution of ecosystems with limited energy resources such as islands. Her lines of research combine areas such as Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, and Evolutionary Ecology. She is especially interested in the evolution of demographic traits in general and the evolution of life histories in particular. In her research group, she introduced and developed mammalian osteohistology as a basic, yet hitherto little utilized tool to reconstruct life history traits, physiology and demographic traits in extant and fossil mammals.

    She published about a hundred of peer-reviewed papers, many of them in prestigious journals such as Nature, Science, Current Biology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Proc. Natl. Acad. Science USA, Proc. Royal Soc., Brain Behaviour and Evolution, Am. Journal Phys. Anthrop., J. Human Evol. and others.

    She was PI in 8 international and national research projects, amongst them ?Researching Hominid Origins Initiative? funded by the National Science Foundation US (NSF-BCS-0321893) as well as in projects funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation; she received 6 grants.

Selected publications

  • 2012 Köhler, M., Marín-Moratalla, N., Jordana, X. and Aanes, R. Nature, 487: 358-361 doi: 10.1038/ nature 11264 (cited by 7)(deserved a "News & Views?" in Nature 487, 310-311)

  • 2011 Quintana, J., Köhler, M. and Moyà-Solà, S. J Vert. Paleont., 31(2):231-240 (cited by 6) (Featured Article, "Highlight" in Nature 472, 9)

  • 2009 Köhler, M., Moyà-Solà, S. P Natl Acad Sci, 106, 48, 20354-20358 (26 citations)

  • 2008 Köhler M., Moyà-Solà S. & Wrangham R. W. TREE 23 (1): 6-7 (DOI:10.1016/j.tree.2007.10.002) (14 citations)

  • 2005 Moyà-Solà,S., Köhler, M., Alba, D. M., Casanovas, I. & Galindo J. Science 308: 199 (203d online) (32 citations)

  • 2004 Köhler, M. & Moyà Solà, S. Brain, Behav., Evol. 63: 125-140 (63 citations)("News & Views" Nature 428, 34) (63 citations)

  • 2004 Moyà-Solà,S., Köhler, M., Alba, D. M., Casanovas, I. & Galindo J. Science 365: 1339-1344. (109 citations) (comments in Science 306, 1273, Nature 432)

  • 1999 Moyà-Solà,S., Köhler, M. & Rook, L. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 96: 56-59. (54 citations) (comments in The Lancet, 353: 214, Nature)

  • 1998 Köhler, M., Moyà Solà, S. & Agustí, J. Nature 393: 126-127 (11 citations)

  • 1997 Köhler, M. & Moyà Solà, S. Nature 388: 327-328.(category: News & Views)

  • 1996 Moyà Solà, S. & Köhler, M. Nature, 379: 156-159 (137 citations) (deserved Cover, "News and Views" Nature, 379: 123-124, in Science, 271: 151)

  • 1993 Moyà Solà, S. & Köhler, M. Nature 365 (6446): 543-545. (75 citations) (deserved a "News & Views" Nature, 365: 494 and Science)

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

PI Funded research projects:

  • The evolution of mammalian life histories in energy-limited environments: a paleobiological focus MCINN-CGL2012-34459/BTE. 141.000 euros / 11 researchers, 2013 – 2016

  • La evolución de patrones de life-history en mamíferos insulares y continentales fósiles y recientes: un enfoque comparativo. MCINN-CGL2008-06204/BTE. 14.520 euros/ 8 researchers, 2012 – 2013

  • La evolución de patrones de life-history en mamíferos insulares y continentales fósiles y recientes: un enfoque comparativo. CGL2008-06204/BTE . 97.800 euros/ 8 researchers, 2008 – 2011

  • El factor energético y los patrones de evolución en mamíferos insulares y domésticos. CGL2005-03159/BTE 56.000 euros / 7 researchers, 2005 – 2008. This project has been finalized because the Principal Investigator took up an appointment at ICREA that involved changing the host institution. Administrative reasons made a transfer of the project unviable.

  • Revealing Hominid Origins Initiative (RHOI). (

    National Science Foundation (USA). Contextual Project "Vallès-Penedès". Amount received: 60.000 euros / 27 researchers, 2003 – 2009

  • Energy Optimization and the Evolution of Mammals under Insular Conditions. BTE 2001-1076 41.136,86 euros / 5 researchers, 2001 – 2005

  • Excavation and study of the new Dryopithecus skeleton from Can Llobateres, 1998 – 1999. Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Gr. 6261, Amount received: 14.900$.

  • Excavation and study of the new Dryopithecus skeleton from Can Llobateres. Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Gr. 5916, Amount received: 14.900$. 1995 – 1996

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • HFSP International Human Frontier Science Program Organization, Strasbourg

  • NRF National Research Foundation of South Africa

  • Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

  • DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft)

  • CAICYT (Comisión Asesora de Investigación Científica y Técnica. Ministry of Education and Science)

  • AGAUR (Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris I de Recerca, Generalitat de Catalunya)

  • Fritz-Frank-Förderpreis

Media coverage

  • TV, broadcasting, and newspapers / journals; national and international


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