Department of Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone.: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299
|2012 - present|
PhD Student at International Max Planck Research School, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
Dissertation: Proximate mechanisms of conflict management in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus).
Biology diploma (Masters equivalent) at MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
Titel of thesis: Androgen levels in serum and urine of east African chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii).
|2003 - 2009|
Study of Biology, Georg August University Goettingen, Germany
Main subjects: Zoology, Evolutionary Anthropology, Conservation
Work and Field Experience
|2011 - 2012|
Parc National de Loango, Gabon
Field Research Assistant: Habituation of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes). Behavioral and camera trap (long term monitoring and tool use) data collection.
|2009 - 2010|
Research Assistant: Endocrinology Lab at MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, run by Dr. Tobias Deschner.
Extraction of steroids in wild chimpanzee and bonobo urine samples and analyses of LC-MS results.
Student Assistant at MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, Dr. Gottfried Hohmann
Literature research and data management.
University Field Trip: La Foret des Singes – Rocamadur, France
Subject: Aggression and reconciliation in adult male Macaca sylvanus. Supervisors: Prof Dr. Julia Fischer, Dr. Kurt Hammerschmidt.
Lajuma Research Centre, South Africa
Subject: Feeding ecology of Sykes Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis). Supervisor: Dr. Ian Gaigher
Field of expertise/Range of methods
Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS)
Extraction and analyses of steroid hormones from urine and serum of chimpanzees and bonobo urine, especially gonadal and adrenal androgens, as well as glucocorticoids.
- Testosterone (urine and serum)
- Cortisol (urine and serum)
- Oxytocin (urine)