Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology & University of Leipzig
Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig
e-mail: anja_widdig@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de
phone.: ++49 (0)341 9736 707
Position: Post-doc researcher
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
Various species use olfactory cues for social communication and there is increasing evidence even for primates, which possess smaller olfactory structures in comparison to other mammals, that they use odours to communicate in various contexts as well. I am mainly interested in females communicating their menstrual cycle state to male conspecifics using their odours. During my PhD project, I validated suitable sampling techniques for collecting odour samples from (free-ranging) mammals and contributed to the understanding of olfactory fertility cues in two primate species: common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) and chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). In my future work, I will focus on the verification of putative identified substances using chemical standards and on unravelling their metabolic origin.