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Curriculum Vitae


Name Ruth Maria Thomsen
Citizenship German and Swiss
Languages German, English, Japanese

 

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT

2014 ~ Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2009 - 2013 Scientist and Lecturer
Department of Biology, University of Leipzig
2006 - 2008 Research Associate
Department of Anthropology, University College London
2002 - 2006 Post-Doc
LeibnizInstitute for Zoo- and Wildlife Research, Berlin

 

EDUCATION

1997 - 2001 PhD, Zoology
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and Kyoto-University, Japan
PhD thesis: Sperm competition and the function of masturbation in Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata)
1992 - 1996 Undergraduate Studies
Physical Geography, Anthropology and Zoology                   
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Diploma thesis: An ecological comparison of the homeranges of two troops of Japanese macaques ranging on Yakushima Island, Japan
1989 - 1992 Undergraduate Studies
Japanese language and culture
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

 

PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE

Ad-hoc reviewing:

Journals
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Chemical Senses, Ethology, Folia Primatologica, International Journal of Primatology, Journal of Reproduction and Fertility, Primates, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London - Ser. B

Book projects
Sommer, V. & Paul Vasey (eds.) (2006). Homosexual Behaviour in Animals: Evolutionary Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press

Grant applications
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
The Leakey Foundation

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2006 Patent device for carrying out a minimally invasive withdrawal of blood from animals by using blood-sucking assassin bugs
2005 German top-ten winner of the McKinsey business plan tournament with
easyblood corp.
2004 - 2005 Stipend of the city of Berlin for the promotion of women in science
2003 - 2005 EEF-fonds, German Ministry for Education and Science (BMBF)
2002 - 2004 German Science Foundation (DFG, co-applicant)
1996 - 1999 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship
1993 - 2013 Shimadzu corp., Suzuki corp., Kiyocera corp., JSPS pilot, Canon Foundation

 

COLLABORATIONS

 

CONSULTING

  • National Geographic
  • Geo
  • Galileo

 

LAB SKILLS

  • Semen analysis
  • GC-MS analysis
  • Minimally-invasive blood sampling using blood-sucking insects (Reduviidae)