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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

Curriculum Vitae


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”
Supervisors: Dr. Roman Wittig, Dr. Catherine Crockford, and Dr. Tobias Deschner


MSc. Animal Behaviour
Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Thesis title: “The habituation process and its effects on a wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) community”
Supervisor: prof. Joseph Terkel

2007 – 2010 

Honours BSc. Life Science
Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Work and Field experience

2011 – 2012 

Budongo Conservation Field Station, Budongo forest, Uganda

Habituation team leader – Tracking and observing wild chimpanzees.
Field work included the collection of behavioural and demographic data, as well as recordings of chimpanzee vocalizations for acoustic analysis.

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.