I am Sebastian Stockmaier (he/him/his). I grew up in a tiny town in southern Germany. I study the intersect of animal behavior and pathogen biology. I love bats!

Upcoming: Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (starting in January 2023)


Postdoctoral Researcher at the Ohio State University (with Gerry Carter)

Postdoctoral affiliate at the University of Texas at Austin


PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Texas at Austin
(2015 – 2020)
Dissertation on sickness behaviors and social interactions in common Vampire bats with Daniel Bolnick, Rachel Page, Gerald Carter, and Mike Ryan.

MSc in Biological Sciences at the Universität Konstanz and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (Germany)
(2012 – 2015)
Thesis work on the innate immune response of a neotropical insectivorous bat with Dina Dechmann, Martin Wikelski, and Teague O’Mara.

BSc in Bio- and Process Engineering at the Hochschule Furtwangen (Germany)
(2008 – 2012)
Thesis work on Paramyxoviruses circulating in African fruit bats.

Previous and present institutional affiliations:

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama (2013-present); Texas Department of State Health Services (2019, internship); Institute Pasteur, Paris (2012-2013, internship); Robert-Koch Institute, Berlin (2011-2012, Bachelor thesis); Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (2010-2011, internship).