Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
phone: +49 341 3550 207
e-mail: deschner[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]eva.mpg.de
Individual great apes and humans display extraordinary variation in their hormonal profiles, and I am interested in how these patterns may be shaped by ecological and social factors. For example, species may have different endocrinological profiles in response to varying food availability, and food availability in turn is also linked to social behaviors, such as the use of flexible fission fusion grouping patterns. In addition to reflecting energy metabolism, hormonal profiles also give insights into reproductive states and associated behaviors.
My primary interest is in wild populations of great apes across Africa, which are increasingly affected by human activities and so the impact of human disturbance on stress levels and general health must also be considered.