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Mirjam Young (née Minkner)

Position: PhD student 

Research Group "Primate Behavioural Ecology"
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture
Deutscher Platz 6 
D-04103 Leipzig 
Germany

and

University of Leipzig Faculty of Life Science 
Institute of Biology
Behavioral Ecology Research Group 
Talstrasse 33 
D-04103 Leipzig 
Germany

e-mail: mirjam_young@~@eva.mpg.de

Research Interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research Interests

The determinants of male reproductive success in primates are widely studied in species with male dominance. However, studies on species where females seem to have much power and are able to choose their mating partner are rare. To comprehend the social system of a female dominated species, it is important to understand the factors that influence male reproductive success. I intend to determine male reproductive success of the vervet monkey, Chlorocebus aethiops pygerythrus, a species with powerful females. In the Samara Private Game Reserve, South Africa, I will collect blood and faecal samples from mother-infant pairs and all potential sires to test paternity. These data will be complemented by individual life history data and observational data to determine which factors influence male access to fertile females.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

since 08/2014PhD student at the University of Leipzig
in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (MPI EVA)
Dissertation title: Determinants of paternity in wild male vervet monkeys
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig (University of Leipzig)
10/2011-09/2013Master of Science in Biology (with focus on Neurobiology and Behavior, in particular Behavioral Ecology in Primates)
Thesis title: "In the eyes of the opponent – measuring kinship information in rhesus macaque faces"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig (University of Leipzig)
10/2008-10/2011Bachelor of Science in Biology
Thesis title: "Sozialverhalten einer Gruppe Afrikanischer Elefanten (Loxodonta africana) im Zoo Halle"
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dietmar Weinert and Dr. Peter Fritzsche (Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)

Work experience

12/2013-07/2014Research Assistant at the University of Leipzig;
Assistance in literature research and organization for a research project on inbreeding of rhesus macaques and as well as scientific writing

Publications

2021

Young, M. M. I. (2021). Determinants of paternity in male vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus). PhD Thesis, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig.
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2020

Young, M. M. I., Winters, S., Young, C., Weiß, B. M., Troscianko, J., Ganswindt, A., Barrett, L., Henzi, S. P., Higham, J. P., & Widdig, A. (2020). Male characteristics as predictors of genital color and display variation in vervet monkeys. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 74(2): 14.
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2019

Young, C., McFarland, R., Ganswindt, A., Young, M., Barrett, L., & Henzi, S. P. (2019). Male residency and dispersal triggers in a seasonal breeder with influential females. Animal Behaviour, 154, 29-37.
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2018

Minkner, M., Young, C., Amici, F., McFarland, R., Barrett, L., Grober, P., Henzi, S. P., & Widdig, A. (2018). Assessment of male reproductive skew via highly polymorphic STR markers in wild vervet monkeys, Chlorocebus pygerythrus. Journal of Heredity, 109(7), 780-790.
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2017

Widdig, A., Muniz, L., Minkner, M., Barth, Y., Bley, S., Ruiz-Lambides, A., Junge, O., Mundry, R., & Kulik, L. (2017). Low incidence of inbreeding in a long-lived primate population isolated for 75 years. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 71(1): 18.
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