Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & University of Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig
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phone.: ++49 (0)341 9736 707
Position: Scientific Assistant
Research Group "Primate Behavioural Ecology"
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6
University of Leipzig Faculty of Life Science
Institute of Biology
Behavioral Ecology Research Group
phone: +49 341 97-36754
fax: +49 341 97-36848
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My research revolves around the central theme of social complexity in birds and mammals, which I have studied from many different angles including behavior, cognition, acoustics, and physiology. I have further used quantitative genetics to disentangle environmental, parental and genetic sources of variation in social behavior. In recent years, my focus has been on chemical communication in various species of primates and cooperatively breeding mammals such as meerkats and mole-rats. I am particularly interested in assessing the social information content of animal scents, which I study using behavioural tests (so-called bioassays) and gas chromatography – mass spectrometry. In this context I also optimize and evaluate different sampling methods to allow non-invasive collection of animal scents in the field, and systematically assess the suitability and power of different statistical approaches for analyzing the highly complex, multi-dimensional chemical profiles.