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Curriculum Vitae

My complete CV can be downloaded here: pdf


2007 - present Ph.D. candidate at the Leipzig School of Human Origins (International Max Planck Research School)
Dissertation title: “The socioecological function of vocal communication in gorillas- A comparative study of mountain gorillas Gorilla b. beringei and western lowland gorillas Gorilla  g. gorilla”
Supervisor: Dr. Martha Robbins.
2007 Dipl. Biologist (German equivalent to M.Sc.), degree: very good, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany
Diploma thesis: “The acquisition of food processing skills in gorillas- the nettle technique” at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department for Developmental and Comparative Psychology.
Supervisors: Dr. Josep Call (MPI- EVAN), Prof. Stefan Halle (FSU Jena).


Professional experience

2010 Consultant for WWF in the Primate Habituation Project of the Dzanga- Sangha Nature Reserve, Central African Republic
Managment of habituation, research and ecotourism activities
2007- 2009 Data collection on the vocal behaviour of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, and western lowland gorillas in Dzanga- Ndoki National Park, Central African Republic
2005 - 2007 Intern and Student research assistant at the Wolfgang Köhler Primate Research Centre, Leipzig
Participation and conduction of cognitive experiments with great apes at the WKPRC, but also Wilhelma Zoo, Stuttgart, Germany and Burgers Zoo, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
2004/2005 Field research training at the Soutpansberg Conservancy, South Africa
Habituation of Chacma baboons Papio ursinus, data collection of home range patters and social interactions