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Chloé Couturier


Lise Meitner Group 'Technological Primates'
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 227
e-mail: chloe_couturier@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Research Interests

Research Interests

For seven years, I am working for great ape conservation, with a background in behavioral ecology and anthropology. During my PhD research, at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Sorbonne University, France), I investigated human-chimpanzee interactions at the northern edge of Kibale National Park, Uganda. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, I explored the influence of proximity to croplands on chimpanzee’s behavior and energy balance, and ways of improving coexistence with farmers and reduce pressures on wildlife. I also have a strong interest in science education, psychology and arts, as important tools to increase public awareness on the current biodiversity crisis.

I am currently working with Dr. Lydia Luncz in the Technological Primate group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. During this postdoctoral position, I aim to explore the mutual influence of two other aspects in chimpanzee behavior: tool-use and sociality. Through the example of the Djouroutou community in Taï National Park, Ivory Coast, I am interested in studying individual and social features leading to high-skilled nut-cracking chimpanzees, and the social strategies influencing this behavior learning.


Krief, S., Spirhanzlova, P., Masi, S., Couturier, C., Okwir, E., Asalu, E., Bustamante, P. & Costantini, D. (2023). High urinary DNA damage in wild chimpanzees ranging in proximity of agricultural fields in Sebitoli area, Uganda. Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Couturier, C., Lacroux, C., Okimat, J. P., Asalu, E., & Krief, S. (2022). Inter-individual differences in crop foraging behavior of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) at a forest-agriculture interface.Journal of Mammalogy, 104(2), 387-400.

Couturier, C., Bortolamiol, S., Ortmann, S., Okimat, J.-P., Asalu, E., & Krief, S. (2022). All-You-Can-Eat: Influence of Proximity to Maize Gardens on the Wild Diet and the Forest Activities of the Sebitoli Chimpanzee Community in Kibale National Park. Animals, 12(7), 806.

Couturier, C. (2022). Chimpanzees in a maize garden: consequences of proximity to crop lands on wildlife and local people. [PhD Thesis]. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Fondation pour la Nature et l'Homme, Sorbonne Université.

Krief, S., Couturier, C., Bonnald, J., Okimat, J. P., Asalu, E., & Krief, J.-M. (2020). COVID-19 and chimpanzees from a field perspective: Mitigation measures, ecological and economical situation after four months in Sebitoli, Kibale National Park, Uganda. Pan African News, 27(2), 16‑20.

Couturier, C. (2016). Variations in energy expenditure of wild chimpanzees in an anthropized environment. Preliminary study in the north of Kibale National Park. [MSc Thesis]. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Master Evolution, Dynamique des Territoires et des Sociétés.