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Human Origins of Self-Regulation

Esther Herrmann - Curriculum Vitae

Carreer and Education

2019-presentSenior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2013-2019Research group leader of the Minerva Group on Human Origins of Self-Regulation, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2010-presentCoordinator for research in African chimpanzee sanctuaries
2009-2013Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
2009PhD in Biology (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Leipzig, Germany
2005–2009PhD student in the Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (Advisor: Prof. M. Tomasello) 
2003Diploma in Biology, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
1997-2003  Student of Biology, Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Field Work

2017-presentChina: Joint research project with Chinese Academy of Sciences
2015-present   Namibia, Central African Republic, Bolivia, Argentina: Collaboration with field sites and coordination of cross-cultural research project
2012-presentKenya (various cross-cultural field sites): Establishment, coordination and research
2011-present  Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Nanyuki, Kenya: Field site establishment, coordination and research
2005-2007Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo: Field site establishment, coordination and research
2004-presentNgamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Entebbe, Uganda: Assistance with field site establishment, coordination and research
2007-2008Lola ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: Research
2004Khao Yai National Park, Thailand: Research assistance for behavioral observations of white handed gibbons
1999-2000Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Phuket, Thailand: Internship

Other Work Experience

2003-2004Research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2003-presentGuided tours for students and other visitors, Leipzig Zoo (Pongoland)
2002-2003Student assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
2001-2001Intern at Wolfgang Koehler Primate Research Center, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Funding

2017-2022ARCUS Foundation Grant (Co-PI with Dr. J. Engelmann)        ‘Social relationships of chimpanzees’
2013-2019Minerva Research Group, Max Planck Society
2010-2012Postdoctoral research position, Max Planck Research Award (Dr. Tomasello)
2009-2010Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cluster Languages of Emotions, Freie Universität Berlin
2008-2009Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Society
2005-2007Doctoral fellowship, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation)

Teaching Experience

2011Lecture on primate cognition (part of the module ‘Primate Behavioral Ecology’ of the MSc program of Biology, University Leipzig, Germany)
2009Instructor for the module Behavioral Ecology, University of Leipzig, Germany, Department of Biological Sciences
2001Teaching assistance for animal physiology course, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
2000-2001Co-Instructor for the seminar on Social Behavior of Primates and Other Mammals, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Nuremberg Zoo, Germany

Mentoring and advising

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology:

  • Hagen Knofe (PhD student, present)
  • Jan Engelmann (M.A. and PhD student, 2014); Robert J. Glushko Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (2016)
  • Rebecca Koomen (PhD student, 2017)
  • Diotima Rapp (PhD student, 2017)
  • Yvonne Lambach (PhD student, 2010) 
  • Jeremy Clifft (Visiting student, 2017)
  • Lou Haux (B.A., M.A. student, 2014) 
  • Ulrike Kachel (M.A. student, 2014) 
  • Sarah Nagel (M.A. student, 2013)
  • Anne Schaffranke (M.A. student, 2012) 
  • Antonia Misch (M.A. student, 2011) 
  • Christiane Markmann (M.A. student, 2010) 
  • Helene Pettersson (M.A. student, 2009) 
  • Stefanie Keupp (M.A. student, 2009) 
  • Sarah Hastings (Intern, 2005)

External:

  • Sonja Ebel (PhD student, 2019), University of St. Andrews
  • Lou Haux (PhD student, present), Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  • Johanna Eckert (PhD student, 2018), University of Göttingen & Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Miriam Sima (PhD student, 2018), Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
  • Victoria Wobber (PhD student, 2012), Harvard University

Ad hoc Reviewer

Journals:
Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Behaviour, Current Biology, Developmental Science, Developmental Psychology, International Journal of Comparative Psychology, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Neurobiology of Aging, PloS One, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Psychological Science

Funding Bodies:
Leakey Foundation, Graduiertenkolleg Göttingen