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Curriculum Vitae


Name Hjalmar S. Kühl
Date of Birth 01.03.1973
Place of Birth Bochum, Germany
Current Position Senior scientist
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig, Germany

Recent and current activities

  • Project manager A.P.E.S. database
  • Supervision of PhD students
  • Ape/large mammal monitoring projects using camera traps and acoustic devices in Taï NP, Côte d’Ivoire, and Loango NP, Gabon
  • Set up of ‘Pan African research and monitoring program’ to fill gaps in available ape population information
  • Conducting or consulting on ape surveys in Moukalaba Doudou NP, Gabon; Nouabalé-Ndoki NP, Rep. Congo; Taï NP, Côte d’Ivoire; Loango NP, Gabon; Gola forest and nationwide, Sierra Leone; Sangaredi, Haut Niger, Guinea;  Gunung Leuser NP, Indonesia;
  • Training and data analysis workshop in survey methodology in Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and Sumatra.

Fields of expertise

  • Design of monitoring programs
  • Development of survey methods, including acoustic and camera trapping methods
  • Statistical analysis of survey data
  • GIS and Remote sensing
  • Statistical modeling
  • Meta- and large scale data analysis
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Epidemiology and infectious disease dynamics


2008 – 2010 Postdoc in the Department of Primatology at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2003 – 2008 PhD student in the Department of Primatology at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2002 – 2003 Research assistant in the Department of Primatology at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2001 – 2002 Research assistant for habituation of chimpanzee group in the Taϊ Chimpanzee Project, Côte d’Ivoire
1994 – 2000 Study of biology at the universities of Freiburg and Konstanz, Germany
1992 – 1994 Civilian national service in ornithological station, Karlsruhe, Germany
1983 – 1992 High school, Karlsruhe, Germany