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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299


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Seiler, N. (2010). SEM-Atlas of hair structures of South-African mammals. Mammalia, 74 (3): 281-290.
Frontier Tanzania (2008). Seiler, N., Alexander, B. E., Steer, M. D., Fanning, E. (Eds.). Savanna Biological Research Methods Manual. Frontier Tanzania Environmental Research Report 121. The Society for Environmental Exploration, UK and the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Scientific Presentations

Seiler N. & Robbins M.M. (2015). Behavioral flexibility by mountain gorillas when ranging on community land and feeding on crops. 6th European Federation for Primatology Meeting, Rome, Italy.

Seiler N. & Robbins M.M. (2015). Research can inform management practices to deter crop raiding by mountain gorillas. 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB), Montpellier, France.

Seiler N. & Robbins M.M. (2015). Ranging on community land and crop-raiding by mountain gorillas. 14th conference of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie, Leipzig, Germany (3rd prize for student presentation).

Seiler N. & Robbins M.M. (2014). Human Gorilla Conflict around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Poster Presentation. 25th Congress of the International Primatological Society, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Seiler, N. (2013). Spatial and temporal patterns of habitat utilization in Bwindi mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei).  Information Sharing Workshop, Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation (ITFC) , Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda.

Seiler, N. (2012). Why do gorillas move the way they do? Ranger based monitoring workshop, International Gorilla, Conservation Programme (IGCP), Gisenyi, Rwanda.

Seiler, N. (2012). Socioecological influences on spatial and temporal patterns of habitat utilization in Bwindi mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). Gorillas Across Africa Workshop, Musanze, Rwanda.


  • Gorilla ranging outside the protected area and crop raiding in Bwindi’, Bridging Seminar SS 16: Close to research, part of Master of Science: Behavioral Ecology in Primates SS16, University Leipzig, 2016.
  • Tutor for statistical modelling course in R, Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, 2016.
  • Introduction to Field Sites. Lecture for the IMPRS (International Max Planck Research School), Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, 2016 and 2015.
  • Mentor for BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) diploma and certificate students, 2008-2009.
  • Tutor and scientific assistant, University Karlsruhe, 2003-2006.

Public Outreach

  • "Plündernde Berggorillas in Bwindi". Presentation at the annual meeting of the Berggorilla und Regenwald Direkthilfe e.V., Hannover, Germany, 2016.
  • Study gauges use of tea as buffer crop to curb mountain gorilla raids, Mongabay Series: Great Apes, 2016. (website of Mongabay)
  • The amazing world of gorillas. Several presentations (German and English) for schools on behalf of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, 2013-2016.
  • "Bwindi Gorilla Forschungsprojekt". Presentation at Zoo Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2015.
  • "Menschenaffenwaisen." Online Article on great apes orphans for the Mondberge-Projekt, 2014. (website of the Mondberge-Project)
  • "Bitte Abstand halten! Gorillaforscherin in Uganda." Report on my work with gorillas in Spiegel Online, 2013. (article)
  • "Den sanften Riesen auf der Spur: Eine Pfälzerin erforscht Berggorillas in Uganda." TV-report on my work with gorillas in Im Grünen, 2012. (video)