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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

Franka Simea Schaebs

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

phone: +49 341 3550 234
e-mail: franka_schaebs@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interest

My current research focuses on social behavior and endocrinological correlates in male white faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus). In my study I will examine the effect of mother and father rank, aggressive interactions, influence of other group members and general group dynamics on testosterone and cortisol levels throughout development in male white faced capuchins. The main topics of my research are endocrine correlates of:

  • Development
  • Adult male behavior
  • Migratory dynamics and rank acquisition

I use Enzyme Immuno Assays to measure hormone levels in non-invasively collected fecal samples. The samples stem from approximately 80 male white faced capuchins collected in Lomas Barbudal, Costa Rica since 2006. By linking testosterone and cortisol levels to behavioral data, I hope to get a better understanding about the life history decisions of male white faced capuchins.

If you are interested in my research, please contact me at franka_schaebs@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de