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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 299

Curriculum Vitae

Born: March 11, 1980 in Zwickau, Germany

1998 – 2003 

Study of Biology (Zoology, Behavioral Physiology, Ecology, Psychology), University of Bayreuth and University of Leipzig, Department of Biological Sciences

Diploma thesis: "Object choice experiments with chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus)" [in German]

Prof. M. Tomasello, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig
Prof. K. Schildberger, University Leipzig

2004 - present   

Dissertation: "Sociality and ranging in wild West African female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus)"

Supervisor: Prof. C. Boesch, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

2012 - present 

Consultant of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, Tasks: fundraising, report writing, webpage updates, conservation education projects (Club P.A.N., School-projects Germany/Côte d’Ivoire)

Professional history


Volunteer for Ecology ("Freiwilliges Ökologisches Jahr") in the Zoo Görlitz, Germany

2001 - 2004   

Student assistant, MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2003 - 2004 

Volunteer for the Taї Chimpanzee Project Ivory Coast, Habituation of a chimpanzee group

2001 - present

Guided tours for school classes, students or other visitors, Zoo Leipzig, Germany

2004 - present

Member of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation, Tasks: fundraising, conservation education projects (Club P.A.N., Partnerschoolproject Germany/Côte d’Ivoire)


Instructor for the seminar on Behavioral Ecology:
University of Leipzig Department of Biological Science, Germany


Instructor for the Seminar on Wild Chimpanzees:
Gymnasium Ortenberg, on the occasion of the Max Planck Society annual meeting in 2006, Germany


Research at Tchimpounga Sanctuary, Republic of Congo
Research on cognition in chimpanzees

2006 - present

Co-founded the Conservation Group of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Projects have included a conservation education program with the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (Club P.A.N.), primate-focused sustainable logging and primate reintroduction literature reviews.

Awards and honours

In 2011 Julia Riedel won the Yves Rocher Fondation „Trophée de femmes“ award in Germany for the Club P.A.N. environmental education project. The award honours women working with environmental projects with the common goal of creating a future worth living.