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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

Catherine Crockford

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

e-mail: crockfor@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I investigate questions related to the evolution of sociality and social cognition. In terms of social cognition, in collaboration with Roman Wittig, I examine questions related to the evolution of language, and use field playback experiments to address questions about the social mind of chimpanzees and baboons. In terms of the evolution of sociality, I examine underlying physiological and cognitive mechanisms that may explain patterns of cooperation or aggression between non-kin as well as kin. Here, in collaboration with Tobias Deschner, we link single social interactions to urinary hormone levels, and in collaboration with Kevin Langergraber, we determine kinship from faecal samples.

This work has been conducted with chimpanzees from the Tai National Park, Ivory Coast in collaboration with Christoph Boesch, chacma baboons in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana, in collaboration with Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney and chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, Uganda, with Klaus Zuberbühler. This work has been supported by the Max Planck Gesellschaft, the British Academy, the Leakey Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Current Lab Members

Post doctoral Researchers
  • Dr. Cedric Gerard-Buttoz: Variation in cooperation between wild chimpanzees and bonobos
  • Dr. Pawel Fedurek: Explaining heritable variation in social bonding capacities in chimpanzees 
  • Dr. Ruth Sonnweber: The influence of social cognition variation on social bonding capacities in chimpanzees
  • Dr. Patrick Tkaczynski: The influence of hormonal variation on social bonding capacities in chimpanzees
PhD Students
  • Anna Preis: Physiological costs of aggression and benefits of reconciliation in chimpanzees, Taï National Park, CI.
  • Liran Samuni (awarded Minerva Student Stiftung €27,000): Underlying mechanisms of cooperation and social bonds in wild chimpanzees - a behavioral and physiological perspective.
  • Alex Mielke: Assessing social complexity and social cognition in sympatric chimpanzees and mangabays, Taï National Park, CI.
  • Veronika Beeck: Behavioural and physiological differences between orphaned and mother-raised chimpanzees, Tai National Park, CI