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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

Wittig & Crockford Lab

Members of the Wittig & Crockford Lab summer 2017 (starting from left): Janette Gleiche, Frauke Olthoff, Ramona Beuth, Clement Gba, Alexander Mielke, Roman Wittig, Catherine Crockford, Cedric Girard-Buttoz, Doris Wu, Isaac Schamberg (guest), Sylvain Lemoine.

In the field: Pawel Fedurek, Virgile Manin, Kamilla Pleh, Patrick Tkaczynski, Prince Vale

(missing: Therese Löhrich, Anna Preis, Liran Samuni, Ruth Sonnweber)

Members of the Wittig & Crockford Lab summer 2016 (starting from left): Veronika Beeck, Anna Preis, Pawel Fedurek, Patrick Tkaczynski, Catherine Crockford, Roman Wittig, Cedric Girrard-Buttoz, Liran Samuni.

In the field: Alexander Mielke, Therese Löhrrich, Sylvain Lemoine, Clement Gba, Ruth Sonnweber, Doris Wu.

Principle Investigators

Research Staff

Dr. Cedric Girard-Buttoz

Variation in cooperation between wild chimpanzees and bonobos





Dr. Pawel Fedurek

Explaining heritable variation in social bonding capacities in chimpanzees





Dr. Ruth Sonnweber

The influence of social cognition variation on social bonding capacities in chimpanzees





Dr. Patrick Tkaczynski

The influence of hormonal variation on social bonding capacities in chimpanzees




PhD Students

Clement Gba

Food competition and sociality in mangabeys

 (in Abidjan)





Kamilla Pleh

Localizing an infective source in the Taï National Park

 (in the field)




Sylvain Lemoine

Intergroup relationships between four neighbouring chimpanzee communities





Therese Löhrich

Influence of infection symptoms on sociality in chimpanzee infants (health monitoring)





Virgile Manin

Link among sociality, oxytocin, glucocorticoids and health in wild chimpanzees






Alexander Mielke

Assessing social complexity and social cognition in sympatric chimpanzees and mangabays





Anna Preis

Physiological costs of aggression and benefits of reconciliation in chimpanzees





Liran Samuni

Underlying mechanisms of cooperation and social bonds in wild chimpanzees - a behavioral and physiological perspective




Prince Valé

Energy balance in wild chimpanzees

(in the field)





Doris Wu

Causes and effects of malaria in wild chimpanzee



MSc students

Ramona Beuth



Technical Staff

  • Sonja Dietschi (TCP Behavioural Data - South group)
  • Janette Gleiche (Lab Technician: Hormone analyses)
  • Francie Kaldun (TCP Behavioural Data - East group)
  • Tina Knittel (TCP Behavioural Data - North group)
  • Virgile Manin (Project Manager TCP)
  • Frauke Olthoff (Urine and Feacal Samples)
  • Lara Southern (Research Assistant TCP)


2011 - 2015 Dr. Helen DeNys (University of Gent, Belgium)

2013 - 2015 Dr. Martin Surbeck (MPI EVA)

2012 - 2016 Jan Gogarten PhD (McGill University, Montreal, CAN)

2012 - 2016 Dr. Marleen Fröhlich (MPI Ornithology, Seewiesen, GER)

2013 - 2016 Dr. Robert Power (MPI EVA)