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Contact

Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

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

e-mail: cissewski@eva.mpg.de


Curriculum Vitae

Education

2018-presentPhD Candidate,
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, Culture
2018-presentMSc,
Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME).
Uppsala University, Sweden
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany
2012-2015BASc,
Arts and Sciences, with First Class Honours.
University College London, UK

Research Experience

March-
August 2017
Uppsala University,
with Dr. Katerina Guschanski.
Prepared 16S rRNA libraries for microbial DNA in faecal samples of Grauer’s gorillas; developed lab protocols, bioinformatic pipelines and assessed effects of social group, age, sex and diet on microbial profiles
September 2016-February 2017Emory University,
with Dr. Adrian Jaeggi.
Conducted a study on polygyny in a human cross-cultural sample, implementing phylogenetic comparative methods in R
May-August
2016
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität,
with Dr. Barbara Fruth.
Organised six years of unstructured field observations on indicators of health in two communities of wild bonobos; analysed social and ecological correlates of health issues

Awards and achievements

2015-2017Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarship, funded by the EU
2015Dean’s List for Academic Excellence, University College London (UCL)
2013-2014Best Academic Performance Per Pathway; years 1 and 2 at UCL
2011CIE Outstanding Learner Award - Top in India, Across 5 AS Levels
2011CIE Outstanding Learner Award - Top in India, Literature in English

Related Experience

September-December 2017Divemaster Trainee, Dive Blue Motion/ Luminocean, Banda Islands, Indonesia.
Trained as SSI Divemaster; collected data for Luminocean’s marine conservation research projects
January-March 2016Field Assistant, Gashaka Primate Project, Gashaka-Gumti National Park, Nigeria.
Conducted focal observations of habituated baboons; collected and analysed data on chimpanzee nest trees to calculate decay and reuse rates of sleeping nests
September 2013-July 2015UCL Student Ambassador, University College London, UK.
Conducted workshops and events to help motivate young people to pursue Higher Education, and improve their reading, writing and presentation skills
January-August 2015Personal Tutor, Tavistock Tutors, London, UK.
Privately tutored A-level and GCSE students in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and English

Skills

DataR (proficient), ArcGIS, Python (basic)
LaboratoryDNA library preparation

Languages

EnglishNative
FrenchIntermediate B2