Christian Sturmbauer is Professor for Zoology and Evolutionary Biology and the Head of the Department of Biology at the University of Graz and Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on patterns of speciation and eco-morphological diversification during adaptive radiation, addressed by a combination of genomic and comparative morphological approaches using East African cichlid species flocks as model system. Thereby the focus lies on the evolution of critical adaptive traits, shaped by the combined action of natural and sexual selection. The role of hybridization events boosting the pace of speciation is also topic of his research. The documentation of the Central European biodiversity is a second focus of research, manifesting in a leading role in the project initiative Austrian Barcode of Life (ABOL), his membership in the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and his commitment in the editorial boards of Bioinformatics and Ecology Series of the OEAW, Hydrobiologia and Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research.