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Former Lab Members

Verena Behringer (Postdoc):
  • endocrine correlates of bonobo and chimpanzee ontogeny
Tobias Deschner (Principal Investigator):
  • supervision and development of lab projects
Janette Gleiche (Technician):
  • hormone measurements with Enyzme Immuno Assays
  • support for the development of LC-MS methods
Irene Godoy (Guest Scientist):
  • female reproductive strategies in capuchin monkeys
Therese Löhrich (PhD Student):
  • epidemiology of infectious diseases in wild chimpanzees
Róisín Murtagh (Technician):
  • development of LC-MS methods for the analysis of steroid and peptide hormones
Niina Nurmi (PhD Student):
  • costs and benefits of sociality in wild female bonobos
Anna Preis (PhD Student):
  • proximate mechanisms of consolation and reconciliation in wild chimpanzees
Liran Samuni (PhD Student)
  • Underlying mechanisms of cooperation and social bonds in wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes): a behavioural and physiological perspective
Franka S. Schaebs (PhD Student):
  • endocrinological correlates of male white faced capuchin behavior and development
Vera Schmeling (Technician):
  • hormone measurements with Enyzme Immuno Assays
Erin Wessling (PhD Student):
  • physiological responses to environmental stressors of chimpanzees who inhabit the margins of the distribution range
Doris Wu (PhD Student):
  • stress and health monitoring in wild living chimpanzees
Alan Rincon (Guest Scientist)
  • The role of oxytocin in bonding and cooperation in male Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus)

Former Lab Members

Barbara Hauser, Postdoc 2005-2008:

development of steroid metabolite measurement methods of non-invasive samples from great apes with LC-MS
current position: departmental head Rückstandsanalytik
Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, Forsten und Gartenbau (LLFG)
Landwirtschaftliches Untersuchungswesen, Halle/ Saale

Anja Weltring, Postdoc 2008-2011:

development of steroid metabolite measurement methods of non-invasive samples from great apes with LC-MS
current position: head of department for residue analyses in food, animal feed and environmental samples at Institute for chemical and veterinary investigations, Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Detmold


Sosthene Habumuremy, PhD Student 2009-2016:

female mountain gorilla reproductive strategies
current position: Scientific director New Vision Veterinary Hospital, Musanze, PO Box 8, Northern Province, Rwanda


Liza Moscovice, Postdoc 2012-2016:

endocrine correlates of social bonding and cooperation in female bonobos
current position: Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Anthropology, Emory College of Arts and Science


Martin Surbeck, Postdoc 2011-2015:

male bonobo reproductive strategies and social relationships
current position: Research Group Leader at the Department of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology