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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Curriculum Vitae

Name
Barbara Ingrid Fruth

Citizenship
German

Recent Positions

Since 09/2012 Senior Research Scientist of long-term projects on bonobo socio-ecology and floral diversity & guest at MPIEVAN.
2011 – 2012 Senior Research Scientist of long-term projects on bonobo socio-ecology and floral diversity & part-time at MPIEVAN.
2010 – 2011 Senior Research Scientist of long-term projects on bonobo socio-ecology and floral diversity & guest at MPIEVAN. Candidate for Habilitation (post-doctoral lecture qualification) at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
2004 - 2010 Senior Research Scientist (group leader), Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPIEVAN), Leipzig, Germany
2001 - 2004 Research Scientist (group leader), Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Seewiesen, Germany

Education

1996 – 2001 Post-Doc, Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Seewiesen (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wickler)
1995 – 1997 Post-Doc, Miami-University Oxford, OH (Mentor: Prof. Dr. William C. McGrew) & Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioural Physiology, Seewiesen (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wickler)
1990 – 1995 Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.) Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neuweiler) & Max-Planck Research Unit for Human Ethology, Erling (Mentor: Prof. Dr. Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt); “Nests and Nest Groups in Wild Bonobos (Pan paniscus): Ecological and Behavioural Correlates.”
1988 – 1990 Diploma (M.S.) Ludwig Maximilians University Munich (Mentors: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neuweiler; external: Prof. Dr. Christian Vogel & Dr. Christophe Boesch): "Nests, Nutcracking Sites and Population Density of Chimpanzees: Studies on Regional Differences in the South Western Part of Ivory Coast (Rép. de Côte d'Ivoire).
1983 – 1988 Studies in Biology
majors: ecology, ethology
minors: botany, palaeontology

Research & Fieldwork

2010 to date Continuation of management and scientific supervision of long-term projects on bonobo socio-ecology, floral diversity and medicinal plants. Focus on CBD-implementation, conservation of biodiversity, prevalence and control of diseases including self-medication of wild bonobos in the DRCongo. Founding, management and scientific supervision of projects with focus on environmental education and conservation. Co-direction of the LuiKotale Bonobo Project.Candidate for Habilitation (post-doctoral lecture qualification) at LudwigMaximilians University, Munich.
2001 - 2010 Founding, management and scientific supervision of the project „The Cuvette Centrale” as a reservoir of medicinal plants, with focus on investigations of the biodiversity in the central Congo basin. This includes establishment of:
  • International cooperation between research institutions of DR Congo, Belgium and Germany.
  • a laboratory to allow plant extraction and simple phytochemical analyses (TLC) in Kinshasa.
  • a herbarium shared between Brussels, Kinshasa, and eventually Munich University including support of infrastructure & personnel for Kinshasa.
  • a healing garden in proximity to Kinshasa.
  • capacity building.
Funding: Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
Founding and co-direction of research project on bonobo socio-ecology (Pan paniscus) at LuiKotale, DR Congo.
1997 – 2000 Experimental investigations of bonobo dominance behaviour across different German zoos. Conceptual design and tutorial for diploma and master theses; teaching. Funding: University of Munich & Max-Planck-Society (MPG).
1995 – 1997 Continuation of long-term project on bonobo socio-ecology in DR Congo. Research and teaching in Oxford (Ohio), Seewiesen and Munich. Funding: Miami University and Max-Planck-Society (MPG).
1990 – 1995 Founding and co-direction of research project on bonobo socio-ecology (Pan paniscus) at Lomako, DR Congo (then, Zaïre); Work was honoured in 1997 with the research award: "Therese-von-Bayern Preis". Conceptual design and tutorial for diploma and master theses. Funding: Max-Planck-Society (MPG).
1988 - 1990 Research in the frame of the project "Tradition in West African Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)" at Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire) (direction: Dr. Ch. & H. Boesch, Univ. of Zurich). Funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) & Leakey Foundation.