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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

My complete CV can be downloaded here: pdf.

Professional Profile

  • Biologist with scientific and conservation background withmore than four years of experience implementing field-based research and conservation projects
  • Highly proficient in data collection, management and analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Supervisory and administrative experience


2007-2015 Ph.D. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and University Leipzig
Thesis: „Acoustic structure and contextual correlates of mountain and western gorilla close distance vocalizations -a syntactic approach”
1999-2007 Dipl. Biologist (German equivalent to M.Sc.) University Jena
Thesis: „The acquisition of food processing skills in gorillas –the nettle technique“ at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Professional experience

Oct. 2015-present Project Assistant Wildlife Crime, WWF Germany
Research, management and distribution of information related to international wildlife crime; Preparation of info material to facilitate decision making in politics and private sector; Liaising with governmental, non-governmental partner institutions & donors
Sept. 2015-present Guest Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Scientific collaborations on gorilla and gibbon behavior
July 2015-present Wildlife Monitoring Advisor, The Aspinall Foundation
Analysis of camera trap data to assess mammal species occurrence and distribution; Preparation of scientific publication
May 2014-May 2015 Coordinatorof bio-monitoring program, The AspinallFoundation, ProjetProtection des Gorilles,BatékéPlateauNational Park (Gabon)
Conceptualizedand implemented study design and data collection protocols for the monitoring of mammal species occurrence and behavior as well as tree species productivity; Expanded program through initiating collaboration with the PanAfricanProgram; Supervised and trained field assistants and volunteers; Monthly reporting; Supported senior personnel in preparing funding proposals and press releases
Jan.-May 2010 Consultant for WWF Primate Habituation Project, Dzanga-Sangha Nature Reserve (CAR)
Managed gorilla habituation, research and ecotourism; Supervised and trained volunteers and field assistants; Bookkeeping and reporting
Sept. 2007-Jan. 2010 Ph.D. Fieldwork in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda) & Dzanga-NdokiNational Park (CAR)
Collected data on mountain and western gorilla social behavior and vegetation density; Trained field assistants; Mentored undergrad student; Active role in upkeep of research camp facilities and work routine
May 2005-April 2007 ResearchAssistantat Primate Research CenterofMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany)
Conducted cognitive tests on great apesin three European zoos
Sept. 2004-May 2005 Intern at LajumaResearch Center, SoutpansbergConservancy (South Africa)
Habituation and data collection on ranging patterns and social behaviorof chacmababoons

Additional work

May 2010Co-founder of `Kamba tiBaAka´
Co-initiated collaboration with WWF Germany to implement long-term medical care for the indigenous Aka people of the Dzanga-Sangha Nature Reserve (CAR) through marketing their traditional jewelry in Europe; Prepared promotional and educational material; Interacted with private sector
Since April 2007Member of Max Planck Conservation Group
Co-initiated collaborations with NGOs and national authorities of five African countries to implement a poster campaign fighting the illegal trade of great apes; Prepared promotional and educational material


  • Fieldwork 
    Camera trapping,phenology, behavioral observation, non-invasive biological sampling, audio-recording, vegetation density assessment, vegetation plots, habitat type classification, identification of mammal, tree and herbaceous plant species, utilization of GPS device and compass
  • Written and oral communication
    Scientific publications, reports, funding proposals, research proposals, permit applications, promotional and educational materials, presentations to specialized and broader audiences, interactions with the media 
  • Supervisory skills
    Training and overseeing work of volunteers and field assistants,mentoring high-school, undergradand postgrad students
  • Administrative skills
    Bookkeeping, budget preparation, work plan development, field camp logistics
  • Data analysis
    Non-parametric tests, generalized linear mixed models, descriptive statistics
  • Computer
    Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), GIS software (QGIS), R programming language, image manipulation software (GIMP), audio-processing software (Avisoft, LMA)
  • Languages
    German (native language), English (oral & written, fluent), French (oral & written, basic), Sango (oral, basic)
  • Funding
    Leakey Foundation Research Grant (USD 13,000), Max Planck Doctoral Stipend (USD 98,000)
  • First Aid Certificate (German Red Cross)
  • Driver’s license