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Human Origins of Self-Regulation

Esther Herrmann - Curriculum Vitae

Carreer and Education

2013-presentResearch group leader of the Minerva Group on Human Origins of Self-Regulation,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2010-presentCoordinator for research in African chimpanzee sanctuaries
2010-presentPostdoctoral researcher in the Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2009PhD in Biology (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Leipzig
2005–2009PhD student in the Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Advisor: Prof. M. Tomasello)
2003Diploma in Biology, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
1997-2003   Student of Biology, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Teaching Experience

2011Lecture on primate cognition (part of the module ‘Primate Behavioral Ecology’ of the MSc program of Biology, University Leipzig)
2009Instructor for the module Behavioral Ecology, University of Leipzig, Department of Biological Sciences
2001Teaching assistance for animal physiology course, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
2000-2001Co-Instructor for the seminar on Social Behavior of Primates and Other Mammals, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Nuremberg Zoo

Field Experience

2012-presentCross-cultural research, Kenya
2011-presentResearch at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Nanyuki, Kenya
2004-presentResearch at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Entebbe, Uganda
2007-2008Research at Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
2005-2007Research at Tchimpounga chimpanzee sanctuary, Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo
2004 Research assistance for behavioral observations of white handed gibbons, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
1999-2000Internship at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket, Thailand

Other Work Experience

2011-presentSetup and coordination of research site at Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Nanyuki, Kenya
2005-2007Setup and coordination of research site at Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo
2004-presentSetup assistance and coordination of research site at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Entebbe, Uganda
2003-2004Research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2003-presentGuided tours for students and other visitors, Leipzig Zoo (Pongoland)
2002-2003 Student assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2001-2001Intern at Wolfgang Koehler Primate Research Center, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Funding

2013-presentMinerva Research Group, Max Planck Society
2010-2012Postdoctoral research position, Max Planck Research Award (Dr. Tomasello)
2009-2010Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cluster Languages of Emotions, Freie Universität Berlin
2008-2009Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Society
2005-2007Doctoral fellowship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)

Supervision

  • Anne Schaffranke (M.A. student) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello)
  • Antonia Misch (M.A. student) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello)
  • Yvonne Lambach (Ph.D. student) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello)
  • Christiane Markmann (M.A. student) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Dr. Vaish)
  • Helene Pettersson (M.A. student) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Dr. Kaminski)
  • Stefanie Keupp (M.A. student) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Dr. Vaish)
  • Lou Haux (B.A. student) (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Jan Engelmann)
  • Ulrike Kachel (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Marie Nitzschner)
  • Sarah Nagel (Co-supervision with Dr. Tomasello and Marie Nitzschner)

Ad hoc Reviewer

  • Developmental Science
  • Developmental Psychology
  • International Journal of Comparative Psychology
  • Animal Cognition
  • Animal Behaviour
  • PloS One
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • Current Biology
  • Neurobiology of Aging