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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


Brigitte Schlögl (née Weiß)

Position: Scientific Assistant

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

phone: +49 341 97-36754
fax: +49 341 97-36848
e-mail: brigitte_schloegl@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research interests
Curriculum Vitae
Publications

Research interests

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Present position

since 03/2014

Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Biology,
Behavioural Ecology Group,
University of Leipzig;
in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig (MPI EVA)

Postdoctoral projects

11/2013-02/2014Visiting scientist
at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies,
Behavioural Ecology and Self-organization,
University of Groningen (NL),
with a visitors grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Science Research (NWO).
Research project: Effects of social support on stress hormones in barnacle and greylag geese
04/2011-10/2013Associated scientist
at the Institute of Evolution and Ecology,
Comparative Zoology group,
University of Tübingen.
Research Project: Quantitative genetics of social behaviour and cognition in greylag geese
01/2011-03/2011 Scientific Assistant
at the Institute of Evolution and Ecology,
Comparative Zoology group,
University of Tübingen.
Research Project: Quantitative genetics of dominance and aggressive behaviour in greylag geese
04/2009-12/2010at the University of Neuchâtel (CH).
Research Project: Quantitative genetics of dominance and aggressive behaviour in greylag geese
Supervisor: Prof. Katharina Foerster, University of Neuchâtel/University of Tübingen

Degrees of the University of Vienna, Austria

10/2000-03/2008

Ph.D. in Behavioural Biology
Thesis: The social significance of dialects in Northern resident orcas (Orcinus orca)
Supervisor: Ao. Prof. Friedrich Ladich
10/1994-06/2000 Diploma in Biology
Thesis: Social support in juvenile greylag geese (Anser anser)
Supervisor: Ao. Prof. Kurt Kotrschal

Teaching

since 2017Primate Evolution & Taxonomy lecture (IMPRS - PhD)
since 2014Zoological practical course (BSc)
Behavioural Ecology lecture (BSc)
Behavioural Ecology practical course (BSc & MSc)
Introduction to Statistics in R, seminar & practical course (BSc & MSc)
former classesBayesian Animal models in R, seminar & practical course (MSc)
Behavioural Biology practical course (MSc)
Behavioural day excursions (BSc+MSc)

Referee to scientific journals

  • Animal Behaviour, Animal Cognition, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, BioEssays, Biology Letters, Ibis, Journal of Ornithology, Marine Mammal Science, Naturwissenschaften, PLoS One

Publications

(All work published under Weiß)

*equally contributed as first authors

Articles

Marcillo, A., Weiß, B. M., Widdig, A., & Birkemeyer, C. (2020). Challenges of fast sampling of volatiles for thermal desorption gas chromatography – mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A,1617: 460822.
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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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Dell'Anna, F., Llorente, M., Weiss, B. M., von Fersen, L., & Amici, F. (2020). The effect of individual and food characteristics on food retrieval and food sharing in captive Guinea baboons (Papio papio). American Journal of Primatology,82(1): e23078.
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Kücklich, M., Weiß, B. M., Birkemeyer, C., Einspanier, A., & Widdig, A. (2019). Chemical cues of female fertility states in a non-human primate. Scientific Reports,9: 13716.
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Jänig, S., Weiß, B. M. *., Birkemeyer, C., & Widdig, A. (2019). Comparative chemical analysis of body odor in great apes. American Journal of Primatology,81: e22976.
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Holzner, A., Ruppert, N., Swat, F., Schmidt, M., Weiß, B. M., Villa, G., Mansor, A., Sah, S. A. M., Engelhardt, A., Kühl, H. S., & Widdig, A. (2019). Macaques can contribute to greener practices in oil palm plantations when used as biological pest control. Current Biology,29(20), R1066-R1067.
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Scheiber, I. B. R. *., Weiß, B. M. *., de Jong, M. E., Braun, A., van den Brink, N. W., Loonen, M. J. J. E., Millesi, E., & Komdeur, J. (2018). Stress behaviour and physiology of developing Arctic barnacle goslings (Branta leucopsis) is affected by legacy trace contaminants. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences,285(1893): 20181866.
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Jänig, S., Weiß, B. M., & Widdig, A. (2018). Comparing the sniffing behavior of great apes. American Journal of Primatology,80(6): e22872.
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Ruiz-Lambides, A. V. *., Weiß, B. M. *., Kulik, L., & Widdig, A. (2018). Which male and female characteristics influence the probability of extragroup paternities in rhesus macaques? Animal Behaviour,140, 119-127.
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Weiß, B. M., Kücklich, M., Thomsen, R., Henkel, S., Jänig, S., Kulik, L., Birkemeyer, C., & Widdig, A. (2018). Chemical composition of axillary odorants reflects social and individual attributes in rhesus macaques. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology,72(4): 65.
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Weiß, B. M., Marcillo, A., Manser, M., Holland, R., Birkemeyer, C., & Widdig, A. (2018). A non-invasive method for sampling the body odour of mammals. Methods in Ecology and Evolution,9(2), 420-429.
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Kücklich, M., Möller, M., Marcillo, A., Einspanier, A., Weiß, B. M., Birkemeyer, C., & Widdig, A. (2017). Different methods for volatile sampling in mammals. PLoS One,12(8): e0183440.
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Scheiber, I. B. R., Jong, M. E. d., Komdeur, J., Pschernig, E., Loonen, M. J. J. E., Millesi, E., & Weiß, B. M. (2017). Diel pattern of corticosterone metabolites in Arctic barnacle goslings (Branta leucopsis) under continuous natural light. PLoS One,12(8): e0182861.
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Ruiz-Lambides, A., Weiß, B. M., Kulik, L., Stephens, C., Mundry, R., & Widdig, A. (2017). Long-term analysis on the variance of extra-group paternities in rhesus macaques. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology,71(4): 67.
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Scheiber, I. B. R., Weiß, B. M., Kingma, S. A., & Komdeur, J. (2017). The importance of the altricial – precocial spectrum for social complexity in mammals and birds – a review. Frontiers in Zoology,14: 3.
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Weiß, B. M., Kulik, L., Ruiz-Lambides, A., & Widdig, A. (2016). Individual dispersal decisions affect fitness via maternal rank effects in male rhesus macaques. Scientific Reports,6: 32212.
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Birkemeyer, C. S., Thomsen, R., Jänig, S., Kücklich, M., Slama, A., Weiß, B. M., & Widdig, A. (2016). Sampling the body odor of primates: Cotton swabs sample semivolatiles rather than volatiles. Chemical Senses,41(6), 525-535.
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Grimm, A. *., Weiß, B. M. *., Kulik, L., Mihoub, J.-B., Mundry, R., Köppen, U., Brueckmann, T., Thomsen, R., & Widdig, A. (2015). Earlier breeding, lower success: does the spatial scale of climatic conditions matter in a migratory passerine bird? Ecology and Evolution,5(23), 5722-5734.
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Weiß, B. M., & Foerster, K. (2013). Age and sex affect quantitative genetic parameters for dominance rank and aggression in free-living greylag geese. Journal of Evolutionary Biology,26(2), 299-310.
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Weiß, B. M., & Scheiber, I. B. R. (2013). Long-term memory of hierarchical relationships in free-living greylag geese. Animal Cognition,16(1), 91-97.
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Schloegl, C., Schmidt, J., Boeckle, M., Weiß, B. M., & Kotrschal, K. (2012). Grey parrots use inferential reasoning based on acoustic cues alone. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences,279(1745), 4135-4142.
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Wascher, C. A. F., Weiß, B. M., Arnold, W., & Kotrschal, K. (2012). Physiological implications of pair-bond status in greylag geese. Biology Letters,8(3), 347-350.
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Scheiber, I. B. R., Hohnstein, A., Kotrschal, K., & Weiß, B. M. (2011). Juvenile greylag geese (Anser anser) discriminate between individual siblings. PLoS One,6(8): e22853.
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Kehmeier, S., Schloegl, C., Scheiber, I. B. R., & Weiß, B. M. (2011). Early development of gaze following into distant space in juvenile Greylag geese (Anser anser). Animal Cognition,14(4), 477-485.
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Weiß, B. M., Kotrschal, K., & Foerster, K. (2011). A longitudinal study of dominance and aggression in greylag geese (Anser anser). Behavioral Ecology,22(3), 616-624.
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Weiß, B. M., Symonds, H., Spong, P., & Ladich, F. (2011). Call sharing across vocal clans of killer whales: Evidence for vocal imitation? Marine Mammal Science,27(2), E1-E13.
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Kralj-Fišer, S., Scheiber, I. B. R., Kotrschal, K., Weiß, B. M., & Wascher, C. A. F. (2010). Glucocorticoids enhance and suppress heart rate and behaviour in time dependent manner in greylag geese (Anser anser). Physiology & Behavior,100(4), 394-400.
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Weiß, B. M., Kehmeier, S., & Schloegl, C. (2010). Transitive inference in free-living greylag geese, Anser anser. Animal Behaviour,79(6), 1277-1283.
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Kralj-Fišer, S., Weiß, B. M., & Kotrschal, K. (2010). Behavioural and physiological correlates of personality in greylag geese (Anser anser). Journal of Ethology,28(2), 363-370.
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Hirschenhauser, K., Weiß, B. M., Haberl, W., Moestl, E., & Kotrschal, K. (2010). Female androgen patterns and within-pair testosterone compatibility in domestic geese (Anser domesticus). General and Comparative Endocrinology,165(2), 195-203.
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Hemetsberger, J., Scheiber, I. B. R., Weiss, B. M., Frigerio, D., & Kotrschal, K. (2010). Influence of socially involved hand-raising on life history and stress responses in greylag geese. Interaction Studies,11(3), 380-395.
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Weiß, B. M., Kotrschal, K., Möstl, E., & Hirschenhauser, K. (2010). Social and life-history correlates of hormonal partner compatibility in greylag geese (Anser anser). Behavioral Ecology,21(1), 138-143.
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Scheiber, I. B. R., Kotrschal, K., & Weiß, B. M. (2009). Serial agonistic attacks by greylag goose families, Anser anser, against the same opponent. Animal Behaviour,77(5), 1211-1216.
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Wascher, C. A. F., Scheiber, I. B. R., Weiß, B. M., & Kotrschal, K. (2009). Heart rate responses to agonistic encounters in greylag geese, Anser anser. Animal Behaviour,77(4), 955-961.
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Scheiber, I. B. R., Kotrschal, K., & Weiß, B. M. (2009). Benefits of family reunions: Social support in secondary greylag goose families. Hormones and Behavior,55(1), 133-138.
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Weiß, B. M., Poggemann, K., Olek, K., Foerster, K., & Hirschenhauser, K. (2008). Isolation and characterization of microsatellite marker loci in the greylag goose (Anser anser). Molecular Ecology Resources,8(6), 1411-1413.
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Scheiber, I. B., Weiß, B. M., Hirschenhauser, K., Wascher, C. A., Nedelcu, I. T., & Kotrschal, K. (2008). Does 'relationship intelligence' make big brains in birds? The Open Biology Journal,1, 6-8.
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Weiß, B. M., Symonds, H., Spong, P., & Ladich, F. (2007). Intra- and intergroup vocal behavior in resident killer whales, Orcinus orca. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,122(6), 3710-3716.
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Weiß, B. M., Ladich, F., Spong, P., & Symonds, H. (2006). Vocal behavior of resident killer whale matrilines with newborn calves: The role of family signatures. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,119(1), 627-635.
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Scheiber, I. B., Weiß, B. M., Frigerio, D., & Kotrschal, K. (2005). Active and passive social support in families of greylag geese (Anser anser). Behaviour,142(11-12), 1535-1557.
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Weiß, B. M., & Kotrschal, K. (2004). Effects of passive social support in juvenile greylag geese (Anser anser): A study from fledging to adulthood. Ethology,110(6), 429-444.
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Frigerio, D., Weiß, B. M., Dittami, J., & Kotrschal, K. (2003). Social allies modulate corticosterone excretion and increase success in agonistic interactions in juvenile hand-raised graylag geese (Anser anser). Canadian Journal of Zoology,81(10), 1746-1754.
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Frigerio, D., Weiß, B. M., & Kotrschal, K. (2001). Spatial proximity among adult siblings in greylag geese (Anser anser): Evidence for female bonding? Acta ethologica,3(2), 121-125.
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Books

Scheiber, I. B. R., Weiß, B. M., Hemetsberger, J., & Kotrschal, K. (Eds.). (2013).The social life of greylag geese: Patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Book Chapters

Scheiber, I. B. R., & Weiß, B. M. (2018). Girls of a feather flock together: Spatial proximity in adult kin in greylag geese (Anser anser). In O. P. Jenkins (Ed.), Advances in Animal Science and Zoology, Vol. 11 (pp. 111-147). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
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Hemetsberger, J., Weiß, B. M., & Scheiber, I. B. R. (2013). Greylag geese: From general principles to the Konrad Lorenz flock. In I. B. R. Scheiber, B. M. Weiß, J. Hemetsberger, & K. Kotrschal (Eds.), The social life of greylag geese: Patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system (pp. 3-25). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Scheiber, I. B. R., & Weiß, B. M. (2013). Beyond the pair bond: Extended family bonds and female-centred clan formation. In I. B. R. Scheiber, B. M. Weiß, J. Hemetsberger, & K. Kotrschal (Eds.), The social life of greylag geese: Patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system (pp. 105-118). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Scheiber, I. B. R., Kotrschal, K., & Weiß, B. M. (2013). The greylag goose as a model for vertebrate social complexity. In I. B. R. Scheiber, B. M. Weiß, J. Hemetsberger, & K. Kotrschal (Eds.), The social life of greylag geese: Patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system (pp. 191-201). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Weiß, B. M. (2013). Alternative social and reproductive strategies. In I. B. R. Scheiber, B. M. Weiß, J. Hemetsberger, & K. Kotrschal (Eds.), The social life of greylag geese: Patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system (pp. 88-104). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Weiß, B. M. (2013). Causes and consequences of aggressive behaviour and dominance rank. In I. B. R. Scheiber, B. M. Weiß, J. Hemetsberger, & K. Kotrschal (Eds.), The social life of greylag geese: Patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system (pp. 121-141). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Weiß, B. M., Schloegl, C., & Scheiber, I. B. R. (2013). How to tell friend from foe: Cognition in a complex society. In I. B. R. Scheiber, B. M. Weiß, J. Hemetsberger, & K. Kotrschal (Eds.), The social life of greylag geese: Patterns, mechanisms and evolutionary function in an avian model system (pp. 172-188). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Weiß, B. M., Kotrschal, K., & Frigerio, D. (2008). Birds of a feather stay together: Extended family bonds, clan structures and social support in greylag geese. In R. N. Ramirez (Ed.), Family relations issues and challenges (pp. 69-88). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
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Kotrschal, K., Hemetsberger, J., & Weiß, B. M. (2006). Making the best of a bad situation: Homosociality in male greylag geese. In V. Sommer (Ed.), Homosexual behaviour in animals: An evolutionary perspective (pp. 45-76). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
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Meeting Abstracts

Kehmeier, S., Scheiber, I. B. R., Schloegl, C., & Weiß, B. M. (2009). Gaze following in hand-raised greylag goslings. Primate Report,Special Issue, 20-20.
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Weiß, B. M., Kehmeier, S., Mikolasch, S., & Schloegl, C. (2009). Transitive inference in greylag geese. Primate Report,Special Issue, 38-38.
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Weiß, B. M., Möstl, E., & Hirschenhauser, K. (2005). Within-pair testosterone compatibility as a currency for pairbond quality in greylag geese? Hormones and Behavior,78, 133-133.
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Weiß, B. M., & Kotrschal, K. (1997). Humans as social allies: Interspecific social support in greylag geese (Anser anser). In M. Taborsky (Ed.), Advances in Ethology 32 (pp. 150-150). Berlin [u.a.]: Blackwell Sciences.
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