Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data


Name Jörg Arthur Freyhof
Date of birth 4 November 1964
Nationality German
  married, two children








September 2016 – May 2019

Scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin (


Past Positions

March 2014August 2016

Executive Director of the Group of Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON, at the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

April 2011 – February 2014
Coordinator of the Fish Work Package in the SAW project Freshwater Diversity Identification for Europe (FREDIE):

March 2010 – February 2014
Working coordinator of the EU project BioFresh:

June 2000 – April 2014
Research scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin

  • Diversity, systematics and conservation of Eurasian freshwater fishes
  • Ecology and natural history of postglacial evolving fish species pairs 
  • Ecology of fish communities in large rivers

June 1993 - Mai 2000
Research assistant at the Zoological Research Institute and Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn
Collection management assistant and head of research projects:

  • Diversity and perspectives of sustainable use of the fish fauna in the Central Mountain massifs of Vietnam
  • Long-term fluctuations of fish-community structures in the River Rhine basin

Participating in research project:

  • Freshwater fishes of the Rumpi hills, Western Cameroon (GTZ)

June 1993 - September 1997
doctorate in Zoology at the University of Bonn

  • Habitat structures and fish communities in the Rivers Sieg, Germany

February 1993
Diploma in Biology (Zoology) at the University of Bonn

  • Habitat choice of 0+cyprinids in the Rivers Sieg, Germany