Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
D - 04103 Leipzig, Germany
phone: +49 341 3550 262
e-mail: liran_samuni@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
My primary research interest is in the evolution of sociality, communication and social cognition. In particular, I am interested in the link between cooperation and the formation and maintenance of enduring social-bonds, in highly gregarious species that maintain complex social systems. Despite the prevalence of cooperative behaviour between kin and non-kin individuals among different taxa, and its role in shaping unique cognitive features, little is known regarding the underlying mechanisms that support it. Therefore, I find particularly interesting the interaction between physiology and behaviour, and its potential role in shaping and promoting extreme forms of positive social interactions, such as cooperative acts usually reserved for kin.
I am currently investigating different aspects of cooperative behaviour, and its association with the strength and stability of social bonds, studying wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus), at the Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire.
This project is funded by the Max Planck Society and the Minerva Stiftung
© L. Samuni
|2013 – present|
PhD candidate Leipzig School of Human Origins student at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig Germany
Dissertation: “Underlying mechanisms of cooperation and social bonds in wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes): a behavioural and physiological perspective”
MSc. Animal Behaviour
Thesis title: “The habituation process and its effects on a wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) community”
|2007 – 2010|
Honours BSc. Life Science
|2011 – 2012|
Budongo Conservation Field Station, Budongo forest, Uganda
Habituation team leader – Tracking and observing wild chimpanzees.
|2005 – 2011|
Zoological center “Safari”, Ramat-Gan, Israel
Zoo keeper – Preparing balanced diet, keeping the enclosure clean and safe, and providing environmental enrichment to captive zoo animals.
Zoo teacher/guide – Teaching zoology, conservation and sustainability.
Israeli Zoo Association & Tel-Aviv university, Israel
Research assistant – Collecting behavioural data for a project investigating stereotypic and abnormal behaviour in captive non-human primates.
“Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi”, Ambu Ari, Bolivia
Volunteer – Rehabilitation wildlife refuge. Supporting sheltered animals and participating in environmental education programs at the surrounding communities.
Wild chimpanzee foundation
Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Budongo conservation field station
© C. Hobaiter, L. Samuni