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Aisha C. Bründl

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture 
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

E-mail: aisha_bruendleva.mpgde

Current Research
Curriculum Vitae

Current Research

Developmental trajectories have large effects on later life-history parameters such as fecundity and survival. As part of the inter-disciplinary Evolution of Brain Connectivity project under Dr Roman Wittig and Dr Catherine Crockford, I investigate questions related to the role of social cognition and communication development on later capacities in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus). The population under study inhabits the Taї National Park, Côte d’Ivoire.

Curriculum Vitae

2019-present Postdoctoral research fellow within the “Evolution of Brain Connectivity (EBC)” project at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig: “Assessing social cognition and communication development and capacities in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus)”. PIs: Dr Roman Wittig and Dr Catherine Crockford
2013-2018 PhD in Biological Sciences, ‘Cotutelle’-joint degree from the Universities of Exeter, United Kingdom, and Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III), France – Thesis: “Parental investment across an altitudinal gradient in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus)”. Advisors: Professor Dr Andrew Russell and Dr Alexis Chaine
2009-2012 B.Sc. in Zoology (first class Honours) from the University of Bristol

Fields of interest:
Behavioural ecology, life-history theory, ontogeny, parental care, social cognition and communication


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Lejeune, L. A., Savage, J. L., Bründl, A. C., Thiney, A., Russell, A. F., & Chaine, A. S. (2019). Environmental Effects on Parental Care Visitation Patterns in Blue Tits Cyanistes caeruleus. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7. 356. 10.3389/fevo.2019.00356.

Bründl, A. C., Sorato, E., Sallé, L., Thiney, A. C., Kaulbarsch, S., Chaine, A. S., & Russell, A. F. (2019). Experimentally induced increases in fecundity lead to greater nestling care in blue tits. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286: 20191013.


Basari, N., Bründl, A. C., Hemingway, C. E., Roberts, N. W., Sendova-Franks, A. B., & Franks, N. R. (2014). Landmarks and ant search strategies after interrupted tandem runs. Journal of Experimental Biology, 217: 944-954.