Thilo recently moved to the University of California at Davis, where he is a Professor of Computer Science. Previously he has been a Reader in Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol where he also served as Research Director for one of the two engineering schools. His previous appoints include a group leader postion at the Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and postdoctoral work in Oldenburg, Potsdam, and Princeton. In his work he applies a wild combination of nonlinear dynamics, statistical physics, complex networks and data science to almost everything. His focus is on understanding complex systems in biology, business, social interactions, and particulary in ecology. He is particularly well known for developing new approaches to complex systems, such as generalized models and adaptive networks.