Curriculum Vitae


Date of Birth: 11-08-51 in St Gallen, Switzerland
Nationality: French and Swiss
Marital status: Married, two children (1983, 1988)
Languages: French, English, German



Secondary school 1965-68: Lycée François Villon, Paris
1968-70: Collège Calvin, Genève
degree: Maturité scientifique.
University of Geneva, Switzerland 1970-75: Faculty of Biology,
Diplôme de biologiste, 1975: supervisor: Prof. Hans Huggel
University of Zürich, Switzerland 1979-1984: Department of Ethology and Wildlife Research
Ph.D. degree, 1984: Title: "Nut-cracking behaviour of wild chimpanzees", supervisor: Prof. Hans Kummer.
University of Basel, Switzerland Habilitation degree (Privat Dozent): 1994. supervisor: Prof. Stephen Stearns.


Professional experience

1973 3 months of census work on the Mountain Gorilla in the Virunga National Park, Rwanda. Supervised by Dr. Dian Fossey. This work was the basis of my diplom master thesis.
1975 and 1977 Teaching biology at a secondary school, Collège Moderne, in Geneva.
1976 8 months in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast, for a preliminary study of the nut-cracking behaviour of wild chimpanzees and an evaluation of the feasibility of a long-term study.
1978 4 months assistant at the Department of Ethology and Wildlife Research (Prof. Hans Kummer) at the University of Zürich.
1979-ongoing Long-term study of the wild chimpanzees in the Taï National Park in the Ivory Coast. Principal themes under study; ecology, social organisation, tool-use, hunting, cooperation, food-sharing, inter-community relationships, cognitive capacities.
1984-1990 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Ethology (Prof. Hans Kummer) at the University of Zurich.
1987-1989 4 months visit at the Department of Population Biology (Prof. Stephen Stearns), University of Basel.
1990 and 1992
(April to July)
Comparative field study on the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania.
January 1991-
September 1997
Assistant professor at the department of Population Biology (Prof. Stephen C. Stearns), University of Basel (Switzerland).
1995 Spring Visiting Professor, University of Rennes, France.
1996 Spring Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.
1997- ongoing Director, Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
1999 (August to October) Comparative field study on the chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania.
1999- ongoing Honorary Professor, Dept. of Zoology, University of Leipzig, Germany.
2000- ongoing Founder and President of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation.


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Teaching experience

Directing field work of students: Diplom thesis: 16 students of different European universities. Ph. D. thesis: 24 students from European and American universities. Post-doctoral work: 8 students from European universities.
Teaching at the University of Basel: Spring 1991: Behavioural Ecology of Primates (2 hours per week).

Winter semester (1991- 1997):
Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (4 hours per week).
Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology (2 hours per week).
Seminar on Population Biology (1 hour per week).

Summer semester (1992-1997):
Field course in Population Biology (2 weeks).
Field course in Evolutionary Biology (1 week)
Teaching at the University of Leipzig: Summer semester (1999-ongoing):
Behavioural Ecology (2 hours per week)


Offices and advisory work

Grant reviewer: NIH, National Science Foundation (USA), Swiss National Science Foudation, Leakey Foundation, National Geographic Society, Fulbright Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation,

Ad Hoc Reviewer: Behavioural and Brain Sciences, Animal Behaviour, Nature, Behaviour, Ethology, Primates, International Journal of Primatology, American Journal of Primatology, Folia Primatologica, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Current Anthropology, Behavioural Ecology, Proceedings of the National Academy Science, Serie B, Quaterly Review of Biology, American Naturalists, Journal of Human Evolution, Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, Journal of Evolutionary Biology.


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Awards and other honours

1985 Prix Cortaillod for talented Swiss scientists under 35 years old, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
1987 Great Apes Fellowship of the Leakey Foundation, Pasadena.
1989 Great Apes Fellowship of the Leakey Foundation, Pasadena.
1999 Phillip Morris Research Price, München.
2013 Medal "Officier de l'Ordre National" by the president of Côte d’Ivoire Alassane Ouattara 2013


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