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Susann Schunack

Curriculum vitae


  • Apr 2013 - current: PhD student at the University of Leipzig in collaboration with the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (MPI EVA)
    Dissertation title: Chemical signalling in chimpanzees
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig (University of Leipzig)
  • Oct 2010 - Sep 2012: Master of Science in Biology (with focus on Ecology and Behavioural Ecology in Primates)
    Thesis title: " Method development to assess olfactory profiles via GC-MS analysis in the great apes"
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig (University of Leipzig)
  • Oct 2007 - Sep 2010: Bachelor of Science in Biology
    Thesis title: Beschreibung und Vergleich des Paarungsverhaltens zweier Deroceras-Arten (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Agriolimacidae) aus Malta
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Willi Xylander (Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz)


Work experience

  • Feb 2008 – Sep 2012: Student Assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology; Conduction and assistance of observational and experimental behavioural studies in great apes (Pan troglodytes verus, Pan paniscus, Gorilla gorilla gorilla, Pongo abelii), management of enrichment programme for great apes, management of photo database, maintaining tours and lectures for pupils, students and guests
  • Sep 2012 - Nov 2012: Research Assistant at the University of Leipzig; Assistance in conducting acoustic experiments with rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) on Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico, under the supervision of Dr. Dana Pfefferle