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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: Vittoria Estienne
Citizenship: Italian

Education

2012-present  PhD Student at International Max Planck Research School, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.
Dissertation title: Tool use for the extraction of underground honey by central African chimpanzees in Loango National Park (Gabon)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Christophe Boesch; Dr. Roger Mundry and Dr. Hjalmar S. Kühl
2008-2010  M.Sc. with Distinction in Animal Conservation and Biodiversity; University of Torino, Italy
Thesis Title: Acoustical and structural development associated with age in the indri’s song
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Cristina Giacoma, Dr. Marco Gamba and Dr. Viviana Sorrentino
2005-2008 B.Sc. in Biology; University of Torino, Italy
Main subjects: biology, zoology, ecology, behavioral ecology
Thesis title: Sex differences in the song of Indri indri
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Cristina Giacoma, Dr. Marco Gamba and Dr. Viviana Sorrentino

Field experience

May 2011-Jan 2012 Responsible for wild gibbon population survey in collaboration with the conservation NGO Huro Program in the Garo Hills, Megalaya, India
Activities: auditory survey and evaluation of habitat quality; rescue of pet primates and public awareness campaigns.
June-Sept 2010 Field assistant for population survey of wild Italian wolf in the Appennino Tosco- Emiliano National Park, Italy (Life EX-TRA Project)
Activity: wolf-howling
Sept-Dec 2009 Research assistant in Madagascar: study of behavior and vocal communication of Indri indri lemur
Activities: vocalization recording, behavioral data collection; habituation of wild lemur groups
Mar-Apr 2009 Internship funded by Leonardo da Vinci EU Grant for international mobility “TRAVELSTAGE XII”
Project: collaboration with NI Conservation Volunteer in Derry, NI,UK.
Activities: gardening, reforestation, environmental education

Conference presentations

2016 Estienne, V. and Boesch, C. Extraction of underground bee nests by central African Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes troglodytes) in Loango National Park, Gabon: technique and individual differences. Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists, August 21-27, Chicago, USA (Oral communication)
2015 Estienne, V. and Boesch, C. Underground honey extraction by chimpanzees, honey badgers and forest elephants in Loango National Park, Gabon. 6th European Federation for Primatology Meeting / XII Italian Association of Primatology Congress, August 25-28, Rome, Italy (Oral communication)
Estienne, V. and Boesch, C. Underground honey extraction by chimpanzees, honey badgers and elephants. 14th Conference of the Gesellschaft Fur Primatologie, February 11-13, Leipzig, Germany (Poster)
2011 Estienne V., Sorrentino V., Gamba M. and Gicoma C. Acoustical and structural development associated with age in the indris’ song. XX Italian Association of Primatology Congress, April 10-13, Bussolengo, Italy (Oral communication)