He previously held the post of Keeper of Botany at the Natural History Museum in the United Kingdom from 2004 to 2012.He is notable for his resplendent handlebar moustache. He was educated at Bielefeld University and Peterhouse, Cambridge. From 1982 to 1984 Vogel was a professional soldier in the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Germany.
In 2009/10 the family were part of a recreation of Darwin"s voyage on the Beagle for the Dutch television show Beagle: In Darwin"s Wake} (Dutch: Beagle: In het kielzog van Darwin) on board of the sailing ship Stad Amsterdam.
Vogel is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (American Association for the Advancement of Science) (2010).