Josh Van Buskirk

Obituary PD Dr. Josh Van Buskirk

Obituary PD Dr. Josh Van Buskirk


For those of us who knew about his two-year struggle against cancer, the news should not have come as a total surprise; yet the message that Josh Van Buskirk had succumbed to the disease has deeply shaken us. We had never given up the hope that Josh would recover. We refused to believe that this friendly, enthusiastic, energetic and brilliant man would have to go at the age of 61 and leave behind his family, many friends and colleagues. We were particularly thinking how unfair and painful his untimely passing would be for his wife, two sons, his mother and two sisters. But our wishful thinking was in vain. On August 20, Josh lost his battle. One thing, however, has not gone with him: the memory of what he meant to many of us.
The following text (PDF, 1 MB) with some photos and the subsequent quotes from friends and colleagues may help in keeping his memory alive.

Research Interests

Population and community ecology; evolution of plasticity; conservation genetics


Education and Professional Positions

2006 - 2021 Research Associate, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2003 - 2006 Lecturer, Zoology Department, University of Melbourne, Australia
1996 - 2003 Oberassistent, Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1994 - 1996 Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, USA
1994 - 1996 Research Fellow, University of Michigan, USA
1992 - 1994 Cary Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA
1991 - 1992 Research Associate, North Carolina State University, USA
1989 - 1991 Lecturer, Duke University, USA
1984 - 1991 Ph.D., Zoology Department, Duke University, USA