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Bridge professorship

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

Jr. Research Group of Primate Kin Selection 
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
Department of Primatology 
Deutscher Platz 6 
D-04103 Leipzig 


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

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

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. In recent years my focus has been on quantitative genetics to disentangle environmental, parental and genetic sources of variation in social behavior. My current research aim is to study the evolutionary ecology of social behavior in primates from a quantitative genetic perspective. The rhesus macaques of Cayo Santiago provide the rare opportunity to address quantitative genetic questions about social life in free-living animals thanks to long-term data on parentage and individual life histories. Using so called "animal models", I will analyze these long-term data to determine to what extent mothers and fathers influence their offspring's behavior, either directly or through their genes. I am further interested in assessing the evolutionary potential of social behavior in rhesus macaques by relating genetic variation to fitness.