Primate Behavioural Ecology
We are interested in the interplay between behavior, ecology, genetics and fitness which we investigate in several species of primates (e.g., rhesus macaques, crested macaques, Southern pig-tailed macaques, vervet monkeys and Sumatran orangutan), but also in other mammals (e.g. meerkats, Damaraland mole-rats) and birds (e.g. barn swallows).
The Cuvette Centrale as Reservoir of Medicinal Plants
Our research of terrestrial biodiversity intends to identify and quantify the flora of specific sites in the Central Congo Basin (Cuvette Centrale) with respect to the historic, current and potential future anthropogenic use. In the long run, identification of these socio-cultural and economic aspects of biodiversity may help to better conserve endangered refuges of local and global significance.
ERC project: The influence of early life experience on later social skills in chimpanzee
In mammals, social bonding success in life impacts on health, survival and fitness. We examine the extent to which early and later social experience, and heritable factors, determine social bonding abilities in adulthood. We examine how variation in social bonding behaviour, and underlying hormonal and cognitive mechanisms, impact on reproductive success in our closest living relatives, chimpanzees.