Kowallik Vienna

J-GLOBAL         Last updated: Oct 23, 2019 at 14:04
Kowallik Vienna
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
Ecology and Evolution

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Mar 2017
Postdoc, Ecology and Evolution, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
Jan 2016
Feb 2017
Postdoc, Community Dynamics group, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
Jan 2012
Dec 2015
PhD student, Experimental Evolution group, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Oct 2005
Oct 2011
Study of biology, Christian-Albrechts University Kiel, Germany
Apr 2008
Mar 2010
Educational guide (side job), Zoological museum Kiel, Germany

Committee Memberships

Jun 2013
Jun 2014
International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology (IMPRS)  Elected PhD student representative

Awards & Honors

Best talk award at the internal symposium at the Max-Plack-Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Travel grant to go to the Gordon Research Conference “Microbial Population Biology” in Andover, US
Best talk award at the internal symposium at the Max-Plack-Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Travel grant to go to the International Society for Microbial Ecology in Seoul, South Korea
Travel grant to go to the “European Society for Evolutionary Biology“ conference in Lisbon, Portugal

Published Papers

The feedback between selection and demography shapes genomic diversity during coevolution
Cas Retel, Vienna Kowallik, Weini Huang, Benjamin Werner, Sven Künzel, Lutz Becks and Philine G. D. Feulner
Science Advances   5(10)    Oct 2019   [Refereed]
Quantifying the efficiency and biases of forest Saccharomyces sampling strategies
Boynton, P.J., Kowallik, V., Landermann D., and Stuckenbrock E.H.
Yeast      Mar 2019   [Refereed]
Measuring microbial fitness in a field reciprocal transplant experiment.
Boynton, P.J., Stelkens, R., Kowallik, V., and Greig, D.
Molecular Ecology Resources   17(3) 370-380   Jun 2017   [Refereed]
A systematic forest survey showing an association of Saccharomyces paradoxus with oak leaf litter.
Kowallik V., and Greig D.
Environmental Microbiology Reports   8 833-841   Oct 2016   [Refereed]
The native microbiome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans: gateway to a new host-microbiome model.
Dirksen, P., Marsh, S.A., Braker, I., Heitland, N., Wagner, S., Nakad, R., Mader, S., Petersen, C., Kowallik, V., Rosenstiel, P., et al.
BMC Biology   14(38)    2016   [Refereed]

Conference Activities & Talks

The hidden power within – the honey bee as model system to study host-microbiome relationships [Invited]
Kowallik Vienna
DZG (German zoological society) conference special symposium: Microbes as drivers of animal intra- and interspecific interactions   9 Sep 2019   
Exploring the microbiome’s role in the biological invasion of the African honey bee genotype
Kowallik Vienna
EurBee Congress of Apidology; Belgium   Sep 2018   
Food matters (?) Monocultures, Microbiome and bee health
Kowallik Vienna
Seminar talk Australian National University   Feb 2018   
The hidden power within – Bee-ing healthy [Invited]
Kowallik Vienna
TEDx talk OIST   Oct 2017   
The hidden power within: examining the interplay between host-microbe interactions and host health using the honey bee model
Kowallik Vienna
Gordon Research Conference Animal-Microbe-Symbiosis; USA   Jun 2017   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

The hidden power within -
Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG): independent postdoc fellowship
Project Year: Jan 2019 - Dec 2020    Investigator(s): Kowallik Vienna
The natural ecology of Saccharomyces yeasts
International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology: PhD stipend
Project Year: Jan 2012 - Dec 2015    Investigator(s): Kowallik Vienna

Social Contribution

OIST Science Festival 2018
[Presenter, Organizing Member, Contribution]  Nov 2018
OIST Science Festival 2017
[Presenter, Organizing Member, Contribution]  Nov 2017
Onna/OIST Children School of Science
[Contribution]  Aug 2017


Aug 2013   Organization of PhD science retreat
Organization of IMPRS students retreat with ~50 participants and invited, international scientists
Jun 2012   Organisation of symposium
Organization of internal symposium at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Germany with ~100 participants and invited, international scientists