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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

Chimpanzee and bonobos are two closely related species with a broad range of ecological and social similarities but they differ greatly in their level of broad scale coordinated actions (i.e. coordinate actions of several individuals towards a common goal). Whereas chimpanzees regularly engage in broad scale coordinated actions (e.g. border patrols or hunting) and derive direct benefits from it, bonobos have not been reported to engage in such actions. Using those species differences my current post-doctoral project investigates the link between group level cooperation, reciprocity in the exchange of services at the dyadic level and the emotional and cognitive mechanisms triggering the expression of cooperative acts. For this project I combine endocrinological and behavioural data on wild bonobos and Western chimpanzees with field experimentations. The first part of the project focuses on assessing whether social and genetic factors affect short and long-term reciprocity differently in both species. The second part uses a snake model presentation paradigm to pinpoint the mechanisms triggering the exchange of information between individuals around a danger.

This project is conducted in close collaboration with Dr. Martin Surbeck, Dr. Catherine Crockford, Dr. Roman Wittig, Dr. Gottfried Hohmann, and Dr. Christophe Boesch which allows for combining data from several field sites collected over extended time periods. Therefore, this project will not only provide a deep understanding of the relationship between social structure, level of broad scale cooperation and service exchange mechanisms in bonobos and chimpanzees but it will also be a valuable contribution to our understanding of the evolutionary origin of human cooperation diversity.

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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