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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

Current position

Since August 2010 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig, Germany.

Theoretical expertise:

  • Group living and social stress and coping mechanisms
  • Ontogeny, aging, and life history
  • Nutrition and energy balance

Labor expertise:

  • Measuring and quantifying physiological marker system on stress (glucocorticoids, alpha amylase), reproduction (sex steroids), nutrition (C-peptide), health (Neopterin), and development (thyroid hormones, sex steroids, DHEAS-)
  • Assay validation and -modification
  • Extraction methods e.g., to analyze hormones in serum, saliva, feces, and urine

Education

Since January 2014Postdoctoral fellow Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig, Germany.
July – December 2013Postdoctoral fellow Postdoctoral fellow Royal Zoological Society Antwerp, Belgium (KMDA)
August 2010 – July 2013Postdoctoral fellow Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig
January 2007 – March 2011JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
PhD, magna cum laude.
"Influence of different keeping conditions of the behavior and stress hormones in zoo housed gorilla (Gorilla g. gorilla), Sumatran orangutans (Pongo abelii) and pygmy chimpanzees (Pan paniscus)"

 

Relevant professional experience

June – July 2010ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY
Volunteer involved in observation and experimental studies with chimpanzee, squirrel monkeys and capuchins.
Learning NODLUS observer software.
October – January 2010UNIVERSITY ZÜRICH and FRANKFURT ZOO
Scientific project in cooperation with Dr. Thomas Geissmann, Anthropological Institute, University Zürich-Irchel, Switzerland.
Title: “Self-cover behavior in Primates“
March 2006 – January 2007JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
Scientific project
Title: “Investigation of the regurgitation and reingestion behavior in three zoo housed great ape species (Gorilla g. gorilla, Pongo abelii, Pan paniscus“
Since January 2008ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FRANKFURT (ZSF)
Graduate assistance
  • Support for the project “Naturschutz-Botschafter” (“Environment Ambassadors”)
  • Public and press relations
  • Marketing and Fundraising 
May until June 2009FRANKFURT ZOO
Trainee-Assistant
  •  Animal management
     Public and press relations 
March 2007 – March 2010JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
Graduate assistance
  • Support and management of courses: Institute of animal physiology, working group Ethology
  • Support and management of Diploma and Bachelor theses 
2006 – 2010UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE VIENNA, Austria
Hormon analyzing in apes saliva with an Enzyme-Immuno-Assay (EIA) as well preparing fecal samples for EIA.
  • Institute of Biochemistry, University of veterinary medicine, Prof. Dr. Erich Möstl
August 2006FRANKFURT ZOO
Zoo veterinary trainee
  • Keeping and nutrition in zoo animals, surgery, endoscopy, parasitology and preparation of animal transport 
August 2003OPEL-ZOO, Georg von Opel-Freigehege für Tierforschung e.V. (Georg von Opel outdoor enclosure for animal research)
  • Trainee animal keeping, keeping and care of ungulates, monkeys, carnivores, birds and pets

Professional and Public Service

Ad hoc reviewer:
Journal:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Behaviour
  • Clinical Interventions in Aging
  • General and Comparative Endocrinology
  • International
  • Journal of Primatology
  • Journal of Zoo & Aquarium Research
  • Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • PloSOne
  • Primates
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology
  • Scientific reports
  • Zoo Biology

Vocational training

February 2010EUPRIM-NET, Network Activity 4, German Primate Center, Göttingen
  • “Course of essential“ (inter alia diversity, social behavior, communication, nutrition, parasites in primates), 1.-4. February 2010 
2008EUPRIM-NET, Network Activity 4, German Primate Center, Göttingen
  • Course 3: “Primate nutrition“, 4.-7. February 2008
  • Course 4: “Stress and its implication on primate welfare”, 13.-16. October 2008 
2007EUPRIM-NET, Network Activity 4, German Primate Center, Göttingen
  • Course 1: “Primate diversity, morphology and natural history”, 16.-19. April 2007
  • Course 2: “Primate behaviour, environmental enrichment and ethical aspects”, 29. October – 1. November 2007 
February 2007 DOCTORATE PROGRAMME OF GERMAN ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY (DZG)-PROFESSIONAL GROUP BEHAVIOR BIOLOGY, Göttingen, German Primate Center and University Göttingen
28. February 2007BASIC WORKSHOP: ANIMAL-TRAINING, Frankfurt Zoo
24. January 2004INSITUTE OF ANTHROPOLOGY, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Primate ecology course
2003 – 2004JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
“Methods for animal experiments for biologists “ to obtain a license for laboratory animal science
Summer 2003JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
Student assistance, Institute for General and Special Zoology
  • Cell biology and cell culture methods
  • Analyzing with Immunohistochemistry 

Volunteer Work

Since 2010RETTET DEN DRILL e.V. (Society for the prevention of drills)
Media officer
2. leader
June 2009FRANKFURT ZOO and ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FRANKFURT
Volunteer, “Gorilla Symposiums“
Year of the Gorilla, 9.-11. June 2009
2007 – 2009FRANKFURT ZOO “Dreamnight at the zoo”
Volunteer
September 2008ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FRANKFURT
Volunteer, conference: “Making Conservation Count/ One Goal with Different Approaches to Making Parks Work“
2007ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN ZOOKEEPERS
Member of the “Working group Madagascar“, Association of German zookeepers (BDZ) for EAZA- Madagascar- Campagne