Timothy Higham Awarded Humboldt Fellowship

Timothy Higham

Timothy Higham, an associate professor of biology who focuses on the origin and evolution of innovations, integration, and complexity, has received the Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.

The approximately 40,000 Euro fellowship will allow him to spend a year at the University of Freiburg, Germany.  He will also work with the Museum Koenig in Bonn.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious fellowship that is relevant to my goals,” said Higham, an expert on geckos, who will leave for Germany in August 2017. “I will be studying the detailed interactions between gecko feet and the surfaces on which they move. I am excited to have the opportunity to work at the University of Freiburg with a fantastic plant biomechanics group that studies plant-animal interactions.”

Named after Alexander von Humboldt, a Prussian naturalist and explorer, the Humboldt Fellowship allows researchers to carry out long-term research (six to18 months) in Germany on a topic of research chosen by them and their academic host. Higham will stay in Germany for a year.

The Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 Humboldt Research Fellowships for postdoctoral researchers and experienced researchers annually.

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