Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Connecticut (2001) and subsequent career development at Universities of Potsdam and Konstanz (2001-2008). A former Heisenberg fellow by the German Research Foundation (2007-2008) and visiting professor at Ca'Foscari University of Venice (2019). Specializes in formal and experimental syntax and sentence processing in natural language where he conducts cutting-edge theoretical and experimental research on cognitive bases of hierarchical structure and syntactic dependencies, recently extending this line of research to animal communication, in particular, bottlenose dolphins' broadband click vocalizations. PI of a number of national and EU-funded research grants and collaborations for the total research budget of ca. 1.44mil euro. Recognized with an "Excellent in Science" notation of the Slovenian Research Agency (2020).