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Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 315
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@eva.mpg.de

Cédric Girard-Buttoz

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

e-mail: cedric_girard@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Current Research
Curriculum Vitae


Current Research

I am a behavioural ecologist interested in the proximate mechanisms that shape wild animal behaviours with a particular focus on non-human primates. My research interests span a broad range of fields including social behaviour, social-cognition, endocrinology and communication. I conduct research in the field using a combination of behavioural observations, ecological measures, non-invasive endocrine sample collection, sound and video recordings and experimental approaches.

Currently, I work as part of two large projects. I investigate the behavioural, physiological and socio-cognitive costs of early life adversity, including maternal loss, in wild chimpanzees as part of Catherine Crockford’s ERC grant ‘Ape Attachment’. In parallel, and since the beginning of 2021, I took up a new post-doctoral position as part of a Max Planck collaboration, the Evolution of Brain Connectivity Project, which examines the complexity of primate vocal communication and correlates with relevant white matter tract size and projections in the brain. This project is comparative, operating at species, population, individual and ontogenetic levels.

In a previous post-doctoral position, I studied the differences in cooperation structures, social dynamics, and social cognition between our two closest relatives, bonobos and chimpanzees. Our project highlighted novel species-level differences in social (e.g., affiliative exchange patterns and social partner selectivity) and within-group cooperation dynamics (e.g., the motivation to inform conspecifics about a danger).

Curriculum Vitae


2013PhD in Biology, German Primate Centre and Georg August University – Göttingen – Germany
Dissertation: “Costs of mate-guarding in wild male long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis)”.
Advisors: Dr. Antje Engelhardt and Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer.

Master’s Degree in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution – Paul Sabatier University – Toulouse – France.
Dissertation: “Functional links between landscape pattern and community structure on insect and bird communities in rural landscapes”.

2004Bachelor degree in Organic Biology – University Montpellier II – France

Research and field experiences

Nov. 2008 – Jul. 2011   Costs of mate-guarding in wild male long-tailed macaques
Field work for my PhD thesis, Aras Napal and Ketambe, Gunung Leuser National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia
Duties: Focal animal sampling, phenology/demography/GPS data collection, faecal and urine sample collection and processing for hormonal and genetic analysis, assistant training and team management.
Feb. – Dec. 2007Vocalisations and scent marking behaviour of  Milne-Edwards Sifaka (Propithecus edwardsi)
Field research assistant of Erik Patel (Cornell University, USA)
Ranomafana National park, Madagascar.  
Duties: Acoustical recording, Spectrographic analysis, Focal animal sampling, GPS data collection and data analysis.
Nov. 2005 - Jun. 2006             Functional links between landscape pattern and community
structure on insect and bird communities in rural landscapes

Master’s research trainee with the INRA (National Institute of Research in Agronomy), Toulouse, France (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Gérard Balent, Dr. Annie Ouin)
Duties: Ecological modelling, GIS analysis, script writing for statistical software. 
Aug. – Sept. 2005          Pairbond attachement in titi monkeys (Callicebus brunneus)
Field research assistant for PhD Student (Columbia University,USA)
Rio Los Amigos Reserve, CICRA Research Station, Peru
Duties: Focal animal and scan sampling, playback experiment.
Feb. - May 2005           Habituation of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) to human presence
Trainee with the INRA, laboratory CEFS (Behaviour and Ecology of Wild Animals), Toulouse, France
Duties: Scan animal sampling, data analysis, multivariate statistical analysis.
Jul. 2004                                               Olfactory communication of dung beetles (Scarabeus laticollis)
Trainee with CEFE (Centre of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology)
Montpellier, France
Duties: Odour preference experiments, data analysis.
Jul. 2003                          Protection of iguanas
Voluntary work with “Iguana station”, Utila Island, Honduras
Duties: Animal feeding, tourist conservation information, eco-touristic visit in the primary forest, releasing animals, behavioural data collection.
Aug. 2002                       Protection of marine turtles
Voluntary work with "Archelon" Association, Crete, Greece.
Duties: Morning and night surveys on the beach, nest and birth recording, tourist conservation information.

Grants awarded

2009 $13.442 Research Grant of the Leakey Foundation
2008€145.900 Evolutionary Biology Grant for PhD, VolkswagenStiftung
2008             $24.992Dissertation fieldwork Grant of the Wenner Gren Foundation.

Reviewing activity

International Journal of Primatology, Plos One, Leakey foundation.



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