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Curriculum Vitae


Name TOBIAS DESCHNER
Citizenship German

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Primate endocrinology and behavioral ecology

 

EDUCATION

2004 - Present Leader of the Behavioral Endocrinology Lab, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology.
1998-2004 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Germany, PhD thesis in 2004: “The Function of Sexual Swellings in wild West African Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus)”, Supervisor: Christophe Boesch
1992-1993 Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, graduate studies in animal behavior
1991-1996 University of Hamburg, Germany, graduate studies, diploma thesis 1996: social behavior of the olive colobus, Colobus verus (VAN BENEDEN 1838) in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast, Supervisor: Jakob Parzefall
1989-1991 Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, undergraduate studies

 

FIELD AND LABORATORY RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

I have 24 months experience in observational field research on wild chimpanzees at Ta´, Ivory Coast. To train students in the collection of urine and feces samples as well as behavioral data, I have visited a number of field sites where I have observed east African chimpanzees at Budongo, Uganda, bonobos at Lui Kotal, DRC, and white-faced capuchins at Lomas Barbudal, Costa Rica. I gathered experience working in the endocrinology laboratory of Keith Hodges and Michael Heistermann at the German Primate Center in G÷ttingen and, since 2005, have ran the endocrinology lab in the Primatology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. I am skilled in the laboratory techniques required for extracting and analyzing hormones derived from non-invasively collected source materials such as urine, feces, and saliva, including EIA and LC-MS techniques.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2007 - Present Lecturer, International Max Planck Institute Research School of Human Origins.
2006 – 2008 Visiting Lecturer, University of Leipzig Germany.
2005 - Present Thesis supervisor of diploma students in the Behavioral Endocrinology Laboratory and co-supervisor of PhD students in the Primatology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

 

PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE

Ad hoc reviewer:

Journals:

  • Hormones and Behavior
  • Physiology and Behavior
  • International Journal of Primatology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Biological Letters
  • American Journal of Primatology
  • PLoS ONE

Grant applications:

  • The Leakey Foundation
  • The National Science Foundation
  • National Geographic