Since August 2010 Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig, Germany.
Postdoctoral fellow: Measurements of: salivary alpha-amylase and cortisol in saliva of great apes to establish a stress marker,
C-Peptide in urine of great apes for energetic output, DHEA-S in urine of bonobos to investigate adrenarche.
Group living and social stress and coping mechanisms
Ontogeny, aging, and life history
Nutrition and energy balance
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
|July – December 2013||Postdoctoral fellow Postdoctoral fellow Royal Zoological Society Antwerp, Belgium(KMDA)|
|August 2010 – July 2013||Postdoctoral fellow Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig|
|January 2007 – March 2011||JUSTUS-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)"
|September 2000 – March 2006||JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
Major subjects: Animal physiology, Anthropology and Microbiology
Title: “Enriching the life of zoo housed Western Lowlandgorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla) at Frankfurt Zoo“
Relevant professional experience
|June – July 2010||ST. ANDREWS UNIVERSITY
Volunteer involved in observation and experimental studies with chimpanzee, squirrel monkeys and capuchins.
Learning NODLUS observer software.
|October – January 2010||UNIVERSITY 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 2007||JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
Title: “Investigation of the regurgitation and reingestion behavior in three zoo housed great ape species (Gorilla g. gorilla, Pongo abelii, Pan paniscus “
|Since January 2008||ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FRANKFURT (ZSF)
|May until June 2009||FRANKFURT ZOO
|March 2007 – March 2010||JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
|2006 – 2010||UNIVERSITY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE VIENNA, Austria
Hormon analyzing in apes saliva with an Enzyme-Immuno-Assay (EIA) as well preparing fecal samples for EIA.
|August 2006||FRANKFURT ZOO
Zoo veterinary trainee
|August 2003||OPEL-ZOO, Georg von Opel-Freigehege für Tierforschung e.V. (Georg von Opel outdoor enclosure for animal research)
Professional and Public Service
Ad hoc reviewer:
- Animale Welfare
- Clinical Interventions in Aging
- General and Comparative Endocrinology
- Methods in Ecology and Evolution
- Zoo Biology
|February 2010||EUPRIM-NET, Network Activity 4, German Primate Center, Göttingen
|2008||EUPRIM-NET, Network Activity 4, German Primate Center, Göttingen
|2007||EUPRIM-NET, Network Activity 4, German Primate Center, Göttingen
|February 2007||DOCTORATE PROGRAMME OF GERMAN ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY (DZG)-PROFESSIONAL GROUP BEHAVIOR BIOLOGY, Göttingen, German Primate Center and University Göttingen|
|28. February 2007||BASIC WORKSHOP: ANIMAL-TRAINING, Frankfurt Zoo|
|24. January 2004||INSITUTE OF ANTHROPOLOGY, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
Primate ecology course
|2003 – 2004||JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
“Methods for animal experiments for biologists “ to obtain a license for laboratory animal science
|Summer 2003||JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITY GIESSEN
Student assistance, Institute for General and Special Zoology
|Since 2010||RETTET DEN DRILL e.V. (Society for the prevention of drills)
|June 2009||FRANKFURT ZOO and ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FRANKFURT
Volunteer, “Gorilla Symposiums“
Year of the Gorilla, 9.-11. June 2009
|2007 – 2009||FRANKFURT ZOO “Dreamnight at the zoo”
|September 2008||ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FRANKFURT
Volunteer, conference: “Making Conservation Count/ One Goal with Different Approaches to Making Parks Work“
|2007||ASSOCIATION OF GERMAN ZOOKEEPERS
Member of the “Working group Madagascar“, Association of German zookeepers (BDZ) for EAZA- Madagascar- Campagne