Thomas Hoffmeister, born in 1958, studied biology at the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) in Kiel. While still a student, he worked at the then Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control in Delémont in Switzerland. As a research associate in the Department of Ecology at the University of Kiel, he received his doctorate in 1992 and then took up another position as a research assistant at the CAU. From 1995 to 1996, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Behavioral Ecology Research Group at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. After his habilitation in 2000 and until his appointment to the University of Bremen in 2004, he was a senior research assistant at the CAU Kiel. In July 2004, he was appointed to a professorship in population and evolutionary ecology in Faculty 2 of Biology/Chemistry of the University of Bremen.
Thomas Hoffmeister is Deputy Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Bird Research in Wilhelmshaven and, among others, a member of the German Zoological Society (DZG), the Society for Ecology (GfÖ), and the German Society for General and Applied Entomology (DGaaE), where he was Vice President from 2005 to 2007. At the University of Bremen, he chaired the examination boards for the bachelor’s degree in biology from 2005 to 2010, the master’s degree in ecology from 2008 to 2014, and the master’s ISATEC from 2013 to 2014, and was Erasmus Coordinator Biology from 2004 to 2010. From 2007 to 2010, he was a member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Biology/Chemistry, of which he was Vice Dean from 2010 to 2012 and Dean from 2012 to 2014. Since 2014, he has held the office of Vice President Academic at the University of Bremen. He was responsible for obtaining system accreditation for the university in 2016 and the application for the Quality Pact for Teaching 2017 to 2020 for research-based learning.