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Mirjam Minkner
 
Mirjam Minkner

Mirjam Minkner
Position: PhD student

Jr. Research Group of Primate Kin Selection
University of Leipzig
Faculty of Bioscience, Pharmacy and Psychology
Institute of Biology
Behavioral Ecology Research Group
Talstraße 33
D-04103 Leipzig
Germany

and

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig
Germany

e-mail: mirjam_minkner (at) eva.mpg.de


Research interests

The determinants of male reproductive success in primates are widely studied in species with male dominance. However, studies on species where females seem to have much power and are able to choose their mating partner are rare. To comprehend the social system of a female dominated species, it is important to understand the factors that influence male reproductive success. I intend to determine male reproductive success of the vervet monkey, Chlorocebus aethiops pygerythrus, a species with powerful females. In the Samara Private Game Reserve, South Africa, I will collect blood and faecal samples from mother-infant pairs and all potential sires to test paternity. These data will be complemented by individual life history data and observational data to determine which factors influence male access to fertile females.