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Department of Biology, Behavioural Physiology
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Contacts

PD Dr. Gerlind Lehmann

Institut für Biologie
Abteilung Verhaltensphysiologie
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin

gerlind.lehmann (at) t-online.de

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Research interests

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Sexual Selection
  • Female Choice
  • Acoustic Communication
  • Parasite-Host-Interactions
  • Parthenogenesis

Methods

  • field studies
  • SEM
  • bioacoustic
  • behavioural experiments

Study species

  • bushcrickets
  • Poecilimon
  • Ormiini
  • Therobia

Evolutionary Ecology
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Heribert Hofer DPhil
PD. Dr. Christian Voigt
Dr. Anne Berger
Dr. Marion East
Dr. Oliver Höner
Dr. Stephanie Kramer-Schadt
Dr. Sylvia Ortmann
Dr. Bettina Wachter

Evolutionary Ecology
Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
Alfred-Kowalke-Str.
10315 Berlin
Germany

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Research interests

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Behavioral physiology
  • Stress and disturbance
  • Olfactory communication
  • Competitive interactions (inter- and intraspecific)
  • Stable isotope ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Nutritional physiology
  • Pathogens and host life histories
  • Behavioural immunology

Methods

  • Behavioural experiments and analysis
  • Stable isotopes
  • Respirometry
  • Radio-telemetry
  • Molecular population genetics
  • Non-invasive measurement of hormones

Study species

  • Carnivores
  • Bats
  • Ungulates

Behavioural Ecology
University of Berne

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Michael Taborsky

University of Berne
Zoological Institute
Behavioural Ecology
Wohlenstrasse 50a
CH-3032 Hinterkappelen/Bern

Tel. +41 31-6319111
Fax +41 31-6319141

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Research interests

  • Evolutionary mechanisms of advanced sociality
  • Alternative reproductive tactics
  • Cooperation
  • Life-history trade-offs

Methods

  • Behavioural field and lab experiments
  • Evolutionary modelling
  • Molecular parentage analysis
  • Energetics, telemetry

Study species

  • Fish (cichlids, labrids)
  • Insects (bark beetles)
  • Birds (cuckoos)
  • Mammals (rats)

Animal Welfare
University of Berne

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel

Abteilung Tierschutz
Vetsuisse Fakultät
Universität Bern
Länggassstrasse 120
CH-3012 Bern
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Research interests

  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Cognition und Emotion
  • Animal welfare
  • Scientific validity
  • 3Rs

Methods

  • Behavioural tests
  • Video tracking
  • Endocrinology

Study species

  • laboratory rodents (mouse, rat)
  • farm animals (chicken, rabbit)
  • companion animals (dog, horse)

 Animal Behavior
University Bielefeld

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger
Dr. Joe Hoffman
Dr. Barbara Caspers
Dr. Peter Korsten
Dr. Nayden Chakarov

Department of
Animal Behavior
Bielefeld University
PO Box 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

Germany

Tel. +49 (0)521 106 2837
Fax +49 (0)521 106 2998

vhf@uni-bielefeld.de

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Research interests

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Life history strategies
  • Sexual Selection and mating systems
  • Sex allocation
  • Heterozygosity-fitness correlations and inbreeding
  • Kin recognition
  • Olfactory communication
  • Parental care
  • Parent-offspring and sibling conflict
  • Development of behaviour
  • Individual variation in behaviour (animal personality)
  • Competitive interactions (inter- and intra-specific)
  • Antipredator Behaviour
  • Applied Ethology
  • Conservation

Methods

  • Behavioural experiments
  • Long-term individual based population studies
  • Radiotelemetry
  • Chemical fingerprinting
  • molecular population genetics
  • High-throughput sequencing
  • Quantitative genetics
  • Comparative approaches
  • Statistical modelling

Study species

  • Birds captive: zebra finches, laying hens
  • Birds wild: common buzzard, goshawk, eagle owl, white-tailed eagle, blue tit
  • Rodents: guinea pigs, cavies
  • Marine mammals: Galapagos sea lions, Antarctic fur seals

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • „Behaviour: from Neural Mechanisms to Evolution“
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Neuroethology/Sensory Ecology
University of Bonn

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Gerhard von der Emde
Prof. Dr. Horst Bleckmann
Dr. Jacob Engelmann
PD Dr. Helmut Schmitz
PD Dr. Joachim Mogdans

Institute for Zoology
Neuroethology/Sensory Ecology
University of Bonn
Poppelsdorfer Schloß
53115 Bonn
Germany

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Research interests

  • Sensory perception
  • Sensory Ecology
  • Electromotor behaviour
  • Bionik
  • Animal Cognition
  • Object Recognition
  • Sensory Physiology
  • Behavioural Physiology
  • Neurobiology

Methods

  • Animal Psychophysics
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Neuroethology
  • Behavioural Experiments
  • Field work
  • Biomimetics
  • Electrophysiology
  • Neuroanatomie
  • Particle Image Velocimetry

Study species

  • Weakly electric fish: Gnathonemus petersii, Eigenmannia virescens, Polliymrus adspersus, Petrocephalus sp., Marcusenius sp.
  • Goldfish (Carassius auratus), Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Ray (Potamotrygon motoro)
  • Snakes: Python regius, Spitting cobras (Naja nigricollis, Naja Pallida), Crotalus atrox, Corallus hortulanus, Sea snakes (Lapemis curtus)
  • Insects: Melanophila acuminata, Acanthocnemus nigricans, Merimna atrata

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Bachelor “Biology”
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  • Master Program: “Organismic Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Palaeobiology (OEP-Biology)”
  • Master Program: “Neurobiology”

Institute of Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Celle

Contacts

Dr. Lars Schrader

Dr. Michael Marahrens
Dr. Jutta Berk
Dr. Sabine Dippel
Dr. Joergen Kjaer

Dr. E. Tobias Krause
Dr. Stefanie Petow

Dr. Loc Phi van
Dr. Frank Zerbe

Institute of Animal Welfareand Animal Husbandry
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut
Dörnbergstr. 25-27
29223 Celle, Germany
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Research interests

  • Applied animal behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • Behavioural demands
  • Behavioural disorders
  • Improvement of housing conditions
  • Behavioral physiology
  • Animal transport
  • Stunning and culling procedures
  • Olfactory communication
  • Early life conditions
  • Behavioural ecology

Methods

  • Behavioural experiments
  • Behaviour recording and analysis
  • Physiological measures
  • Tracking systems
  • Learning paradigms
  • Health measures
  • Hormone analysis
  • Molecular techniques

Study species

  • Birds: Chickens (laying hens, broilers), Turkeys, Quails
  • Mammals: Pigs, Cattle

Bachelor and Masters Program

We are open to welcome students for research modules, bachelor or master thesis.

Department Behavioural Physiology
FBN Dummerstorf

Contacts

Prof. G. Manteuffel
PD Dr. Ulrike Gimsa
Dr. Ellen Kanitz
Dr. J. Langbein
Dr. W. Otten
Dr. B. Puppe
Dr. P. Schön
Dr. Margeret Tuchscherer

Forschungsinstitut für die Biologie Landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere
Forschungsbereich Verhaltensphysiologie
Wilhelm Stahl Allee 2
D-18196 Dummerstorf

Tel. +49 (0)38208 68801
Fax +49 (0)38208 68802

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Research interests

  • Bioakustik/Bioacoustics
  • Sozialverhalten und Soziometrie/ Social behaviour and sociometrics
  • Lernverhalten und Emotionen/ Learning and emotions
  • Kognitive Verhaltensanreicherung/ Cognitive enrichment
  • Artgerechte Tierhaltung/ Animal welfare
  • Psychosozialer Stress/ Psychosocial stress
  • Psychoimmunologie/ psychoimmunology

Methods

  • Lautanalyse/ Vocal analysis
  • standardisierte Verhaltenstests/ Standardized behavioural tests
  • Erfassung/Analyse soziometrischer Parameter/ Sociometric parameters
  • automatisierte operante Konditionierung/ Automated operant conditioning
  • Hormonanalytik, Immunreaktivität/ Hormone analytic, immunoreactivity
  • Telemetrie/ Telemetry
  • Herzfrequenz/Herzfrequenzvarabilität/ Heart-rate and heart-rate-variability

Study species

  • Rind/Cattle
  • Schwein/Pig
  • Zwergziege/Dwarf goats

Evolutionary Biology & Ecology
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Judith Korb
Dr. Volker Nehring
Dr. Fabian Staubach

Evolutionary Biology & Ecology
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Hauptstrasse 1
79104 Freiburg
judith.korb[at)biologie.uni-freiburg.de

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Research interests

  • Social evolution in insects
  • Cooperation & conflict
  • Co-evolution between species (host-parasites, symbionts)
  • Life history evolution (ageing, fecundity)
  • Socio-genomics
  • Chemical communication
  • Tropical ecology

Methods

  • Behavioral observations
  • Classical genetics (PCR, Sequencing, Microsatellites) for population genetics, relatedness analysis, phylogenetic analyses
  • qt RT PCR, RNA Interference
  • Next generation sequencing/bioinformatics
  • GC-MS
  • field studies

Study species

  • termites & their symbionts
  • ants
  • burying beetles & their mites
  • Drosophila melanogaster & its symbionts

Tierschutz und Ethologie
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel
Dr. Franziska Kuhne

Tierschutz und Ethologie
Institut für Veterinär-Physiologie
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen
38759 Frankfurter Strasse
D-35392 Giessen

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Research interests

  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Abnormal behaviour
  • Animal welfare
  • Companion animal behaviour
  • Behavioural therapy

Methods

  • Behavioural tests
  • Video tracking
  • Endocrinology
  • Behaviour therapy and training

Study species

  • laboratory rodents (mouse, rat)
  • farm animals (chicken, rabbit)
  • companion animals (dog, horse)

Institut für Tierphysiologie/AG Ethologie
Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Contacts

Dr. Dieter Selzer
Verena Behringer

Ethology
Institute of Animal Physiology
Justus-Liebig-University of Gießen
Wartweg 95
D – 35392 Gießen

Phone: +49 641 9935052

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Research interests

  • Applied Ethology
  • Animal Welfare
  • Abnormal Behaviour
  • Chronobiology
  • Social Behaviour
  • Breeding Behaviour
  • Animal Communication
  • Behavioural Ecology

Methods

  • Direct behavioral observations
  • Video and computer aided behavioral analyses
  • Hormon analyses (collaboration)
  • Acoustic analyses

Study species

  • great apes
  • spider monkeys
  • lion, tiger, rusty spotted cat
  • elephant
  • giraffe, okapi
  • wisent
  • mustelids
  • kiwi
  • farm animal (sheep, rabbit)

Department of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
German Primate Center Göttingen

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Heymann
Dr. Claudia Fichtel

Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

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Research interests

  • primate behavior and ecology
  • human ethology
  • phylogeography
  • Madagascar

Methods

  • field observations
  • radio-tracking
  • paternity and kinship analyses
  • endocrinology
  • acoustic playbacks

Study species

  • lemurs
  • tamarins
  • humans

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Bachelor: Biology
  • Bachelor: Biological diversity and ecology
  • Masters: behavioral and Neural science

Department of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
German Primate Center Göttingen

Contacts

Prof. Dr. J. Keith Hodges
Dr. Michael Heistermann
Dr. Thomas Ziegler
Dr. Christophe Abegg

Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

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Research interests

  • Endocrinology
  • Sexual selection
  • Behaviour and Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Indonesian wildlife

Methods

  • Hormone analysis
  • Field observations
  • Genetic analysis
  • Acoustic analysis and playbacks
  • GIS

Study species

  • Apes
  • Macaques
  • Langurs
  • Lemurs
  • Rhinos
  • Elephants

Research Group Cognitive Ethology
German Primate Center Göttingen

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Julia Fischer
Dr. Kurt Hammerschmidt
Dr. Elisabeth Scheiner
Dr. Dietmar Zinner

Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen

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Research interests

  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Social Behavior
  • Evolution of Speech

Methods

  • Acoustic Analysis
  • Playback Experiments
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Modeling
  • GIS
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal Analysis (collaboration)

Study species

  • Papio spp.
  • Macaca spp.
  • Humans
  • Mice (collaboration)
  • Dogs (collaboration)

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Bachelor Biology; Focus on Behavioural and Neural Science
  • M.Sc. in Behavioral and Neural Science (as of 2009)
  • B.Sc, M.Sc. Biological Diversity and Ecology

Zoologisches Institut und Museum: Allgemeine und vergleichende Zoologie
Universität Greifswald

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Uhl
Prof. Dr. Michael Schmitt
Dr habil. Carsten Müller
Dr. Peter Michalik
Dr. Monika Eberhard

University of Greifswald
General and Systematic Zoology
J.-S. Bachstraße 11/12
D-17489 Greifswald

 

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Research interests

  • Reproductive strategies of invertebrates
  • Morphology of reproductive organs
  • Fitness related anatomical traits
  • Communication (chemical, vibratory)
  • Sexual selection & sexual conflict
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Dispersal strategies

Methods

  • Behavioural experiments in laboratory and field
  • Histology
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Xray Micro Computer Tomography
  • Paternity analysis (sterile males and microsatellite markers)
  • Population genetics

Study species

  • Spiders
  • Beetles
  • Heelwalkers (Mantophasmatodea)
  • Myriapods

Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle
Grünau

Contacts

Kurt Kotrschal
Thomas Bugnyar
Isabella Scheiber
Katharina Hirschenhauser
Christine Schwab
Chris Schlögl
Claudia Wascher
Brigitte Weiss

Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle
Fischerau 11
4645 Grünau im Almtal
Austria

Tel. 0043-7616-8510
Fax: 0043-7616-85104

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Research interests

  • Social complexity in vertebrates, notably birds
  • The biology of cognition in vertebrates, notably birds, including social cognition and cooperation
  • Human-Animal Interactions

Methods

  • Quantitative behavioural biology
  • Non-invasive measurements of steroid hormones, mostly from bird faeces
  • Touch-screen work with birds

Study species

  • free-living greylag geese (Anser anser)
  • free-living and aviary ravens (Corvus corax) and jackdaws (Corvus monedula)
  • free-living Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita)
  • wolves (; Canis lupus; to come) in enclosures
  • humans, cats and dogs

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • We invite applications for cooperation in our projects. This can also be in fulfillment of PhD, masters or bachelors programs at a particular home university (individual arrangements). K. Kotrschal in cooperation with the other KLF researchers is entitled to supervise such projects in case students are enrolled at the University of vienna.

 

Institue of Biology/Zoology, University Halle

Contacts

Dr. Peter Fritzsche
PD Dr. Karsten Neumann
PD Dr. René Weinandy
PD Dr. Dietmar Weinert

Institute of Biology/Zoology
Domplatz 4
06108 Halle
Germany

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Research interests

  • Sociobiology
  • Social stress
  • Reproductive strategies
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Chronobiology
  • Hormonhysiology
  • Phylogeography
  • Hamster systematics

Methods

  • Telemetry
  • Video analysis
  • RFID-based activity registration
  • Heart rate and body temperature registration
  • Histology
  • Hormonal analysis
  • Molecular Biology

Study species

  • Hamster (Cricetinae)
  • Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • General Zoology
  • Behavioral Biology

Behavioural Ecology
University Hamburg

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Jutta M. Schneider

University of Hamburg
Biozentrum Grindel
Behavioural Ecology
Martin-Luther-King Platz 3
D-20146 Hamburg

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Research interests

  • Evolution of sociality
  • Reproductive strategies
  • Sexual selection & sexual conflict
  • Sexual cannibalism
  • Life history

Methods

  • Behavioural field and lab experiments
  • Paternity analysis using sterile males

Study species

  • Spiders (orb-web spiders and social spiders)

Institue of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Elke Zimmermann

Prof. Dr. Ute Radespiel

Dr. Marina Scheumann

Dr. Daniel Schmidtke

PD Dr. Sabine Schmidt

PD Dr. Karl-Heinz Esser

Prof. Dr. Heike Pröhl

Dr. Ariel Rodriguez

Institute of Zoology
Buenteweg17
30559 Hannover
Germany

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Research interests

  • Biocommunication
  • Cognitive Ethology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Plasticity
  • Phenotypic and Genomic Adaptation and Evolution
  • Conservation
  • Husbandry and Welfare (tropical bats, nonhuman primates (mouse lemurs))

Methods

  • Field and laboratory studies
  • Bioacoustics
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Ethometry
  • Videometry
  • Operant conditioning
  • Radiotelemetry
  • Molecular genetics
  • Phylogenetics
  • Statistic modelling

Study species

  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Bats
  • Nonhuman Primates (in particular nocturnal lemurs)

Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Contacts

Dr. Michael Tomasello
Dr. Josep Call
Henriette Zeidler, Department Secretary

Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

Phone +49 341 9952 400
Fax +49 341 9952 444

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Research interests

  • Primate Cognition
  • Primate Communication
  • Primate Cooperation
  • Primate Social Learning
  • Social Cognition in Domestic Dogs

Methods

  • Observational
  • Experimental

Study species

  • All 4 great ape species
  • Domestic dogs

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Accept applications for both Masters and PhD (directly to department)

Taï Chimpanzee Project
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Contacts

Dr. Roman Wittig
Dr. Catherine Crockford
Claudia Nebel, Department Secretary

Taï Chimpanzee Project
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

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Research interests

  • Social Behaviour
  • Competition
  • Cognition
  • Communication
  • Tool use
  • Culture
  • Conservation

Methods

  • Behavioural Observations
  • Non-invasive hormone sampling (analysis in-house)
  • Field experiments
  • Microbiological / genetic sampling(analysis in-house and in cooperation)
  • within and between species comparison
  • Long-term data (> 30 years)

Study species

  • Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus / P.t. schweinfurthii)
  •  for comparison: Bonobo (Pan paniscus), Sooty mangabey (Cercocebus atys), Chacma baboon (Papio ursinus)

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Leipzig School of Human Origins (International Max Planck Research School)
  • Supervision of MSc Projects (University Leipzig)

Animal Behaviour
John Moores University Liverpool

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Filippo Aureli
Dr. Nicola Koyama
Dr. Claudia Mettke-Hofmann

School of Natural Sciences & Psychology
Liverpool John Moores University
James Parsons Building
Byrom Street
Liverpool, L3 3AF
United Kingdom

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Research interests

  • Evolution of cognitive abilities in animals
  • Evolution of social behaviour
  • Fission-fusion societies and cognitive evolution
  • Conflict resolution
  • Animal welfare
  • Conservation

Methods

  • Behavioural and endocrinological field and lab experiments
  • Behavioural observations
  • Telemetry, GIS, metabolite profiling, morphological measurements, habitat assessment

Study species

  • Birds – songbirds, parrots
  • Primates – spider monkeys, macaques, chimpanzees, humans

Institut für Zoologie: Evolutionsbiologie
J. Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Susanne Foitzik
Dr. Florian Menzel
Dr. Christoph Grüter
Dr. Joel Meunier

Institute of Zoology
Evolutionary Biology
J. Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Joh.-von-Müller-Weg 6
55128 Mainz

Foitzik[at]uni-mainz.de
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Research interests

  • Behaviour
  • Evolution and Ecology of social insects
  • sociobiology
  • host-parasite coevolution
  • personality
  • division of labor
  • genetic basis of behavior
  • fecundity and longevity
  • chemical ecology
  • tropical ecology

Methods

  • Behavioral experiments,
  • field experiments,
  • transcriptomics,
  • population genetics,
  • gaschromatography and Mass spectrometry,
  • community ecology,
  • bioinformatics,
  • statistics

Study species

  • ants (Temnothorax nylanderi, T. longispinosus, T. rugatulus),
  • slavemaking ants (Protomognatus americanus, T. pilagens, T. duloticus),
  • Myrmica,
  • Lasius,
  • tropical ant communities (Menzel),
  • earwigs (Meunier),
  • Honey bees (Grüter)

 

Department of Biology II: Behavioural Ecology
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Niels J. Dingemanse
Dr. Cristina Tuni

Behavioural Ecology
Department of Biology II
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Grosshaderner Str. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried
Germany

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Research interests

  • Animal Personality
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Social Evolution
  • Sexual Selection
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Urbanisation

Methods

  • Artificial breeding
  • Behavioural experiments
  • Large-scale field manipulations
  • Pedigree-based analysis

Study species

  • Passerine birds (great tits)
  • Insects (European field crickets, Southern field crickets)
  • Spiders (social spiders)

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Bachelor in Biology at the LMU read more
  • Master in Evolutionary Genomics, Ecology and Systematics
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Department of Behavioural Biology
University of Münster

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser
Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser
Dr. Helene Richter

Department of Behavioural Biology
University of Münster
Badestr. 13
D-48149 Münster

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Research interests

  • Evolution of Social & Mating Systems
  • Domestication
  • Stress & Welfare
  • Neuroendocrine and Molecular Basis of Behaviour
  • Gene X Environment Interaction
  • Behavioural Development
  • Dialogue: Life Sciences & the Humanities

Methods

  • Direct observations, video and computer aided behavioral analyses
  • RFID based monitoring and tracking
  • Determination of endocrinological measures from blood, saliva and faeces (ELISA, RIA)
  • Genetic fingerprinting
  • Genotyping (PCR)

Study species

  • Domestic and different species of wild guinea pigs
  • Different strains of mice, including knockout and transgenic mice
  • Different zoo and farm animals

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Graduate Program “Otto-Creutzfeldt-Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience”
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Department of Behavioural Biology
University of Osnabrück

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Chadi Touma

Dr. Oliver Ambrée

Department of Behavioural Biology
University of Osnabrück
Barbarastr. 11
D-49076 Osnabrück

Tel.:  +49 (0)541 969 2847 (secretariat)

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Research interests

  • Hormones, Brain and Behaviour
    – molecular, genetic and neuroendocrine bases of behaviour
  • Function and Regulation of the Stress Hormone Systems
    – focus: alterations in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders
  • Gene – Environment Interactions, Epigenetics
    – modulation of genetic predispositions by social and non-social environmental factors
  • Regulation of Energy Metabolism and Neuronal Functions
    – impact of metabolic changes on behavioural and neurobiological endophenotypes

Methods

  • Behavioural analysis and test paradigms
    – emotionality and coping styles
    – activity rhythms, learning and memory
    – social behaviour, parental care
  • Neuroendocrine investigations
    – testing reactivity and feedback regulation of the HPA axis
    – hormone measurement in plasma samples and microdialysates from specific brain areas (quantifying steroids, neuropeptides and neurotransmitters)
    – non-invasive monitoring of steroid hormone metabolites in faecal samples
  • Functional neuroanatomy and pharmacology
    – gene expression profiling in different brain areas (microarray, in situ hybridisation, real-time PCR)
    – neuronal plasticity measures and microdialysis
    – effects of neuromodulatory substances and drugs on emotionality and neuroendocrine responses

Study species

  • Laboratory mice
    – animal models of neurodegnerative and affective disorders (generated by selective breeding or targeted genetic manipulation)

Animal Ecology, University of Potsdam

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Jana Eccard
Dr. Melanie Dammhahn
Dr. Christiane Scheffler

Institut für Biologie und Biochemie
Abteilung Tierökologie und Humanbiologie
Universität Potsdam
Maulbeerallee 1
14469 Potsdam
Germany

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Research interests

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Foraging Behaviour
  • Interspecific interactions
  • Life history and behavioural trade offs
  • Phenotypic plasticity in behaviour, animal personalities
  • landscape structure and space use of animals
  • behavioural ecology and deseases, host-pathogen
  • human behaviour

Methods

  • field studies
  • automated tracking
  • behavioural experiments

Study species

  • wild small mammals

 Biologie I
Universität Regensburg

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heinze

Biologie I
Universität Regensburg
D-93040 Regensburg

juergen.heinze@biologie.uni-regensburg.de

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Research interests

  • social evolution
  • kin conflict, conflict resolution, and “reconciliation”
  • evolution of life histories and reproductive strategies in social insects
  • phylogeography and phylogeny of ants
  • proximate mechanisms of hierarchy formation and reconciliation
  • chemical communication (fertility signaling, genetic and environmental determinants of chemical signals)
  • sexual selection in social insects

Methods

  • DNA amplification, sequencing of nuclear and mtDNA
  • Microsatellites; population genetic and sociogenetic analyses
  • Behavioral observations and experimental manipulations
  • Gas chromatography, mass spectrometry
  • Histology, electron microscopy etc.

Study species

  • Various ant genera, including Cardiocondyla, Chalepoxenus, Leptothorax, Myrmoxenus, Pachycondyla, Platythyrea, Temnothorax

Bachelor and Masters Program

  • Bachelor Biology and Master Biology, with emphasis on “Evolutionary Biology and Molecular Ecology”


Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen

Contacts

Dr. Henrik Brumm
Prof. Dr. Niels Dingemanse
Dr. Wolfgang Forstmeier
Prof. Dr. Manfred Gahr
Dr. Holger Goerlitz
PD Dr. Wolfgang Goymann
Prof. Dr. Michaela Hau
Prof. Dr. Bart Kempenaers
Dr. Stefan Leitner
Dr. Simone Pika
Dr. Niels Rattenborg

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Eberhard-Gwinner-Strasse 82319 Seewiesen
Germany
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Research interests

  • Acoustic communication
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Behavioural endocrinology
  • Behavioural physiology
  • Ecology
  • Neurobiology of behavior
  • Sensory ecology
  • Evolutionary ecology

Methods

  • Behavioral observations & experiments
  •  Electrophysiology
  • Histology
  • Field studies
  •  Genetics
  •  Immunoassays
  • Microscopy
  • Modeling
  • Radio-telemetry

Study species

  • Birds
  • Crocodiles
  • Bats
  • Insects

Bachelor and Masters program

  • Bachelor and Master projects in particular with the LMU and University of Konstanz; structured PhD program within the International Max Planck Research School for Organismal Biology (visit web site).

Humboldt Research Group „Comparative Gestural Signalling“
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Contacts

Dr. Simone Pika

Humboldt Research Group „Comparative Gestural Signalling“
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Eberhard-Gwinner-Strasse 82319 Seewiesen
Germany

spika@orn.mpg.de

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Research interests

  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Social Behaviour
  • Evolution of language

Methods

  • Field observations
  • Video analyses
  • Behavioural experiments

Study species

  • Human and non-human primates
  • Corvids (Corvus corax, Corvus frugilegus, Pica pica)

Bachelor and Masters program

  • We invite applications for cooperation in our projects. This can also be in fulfillment of PhD, masters or bachelors programs at a particular home university (individual arrangements).

Research Group of Ecology and Behavioural Biology
University of Siegen

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Klaudia Witte

Institute of Biology
University of Siegen
Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2
57068 Siegen
Germany

witte@biologie.uni-siegen.de

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Research interests

  • sexual selection
  • cultural evolution
  • public information
  • mate-choice copying
  • sexual imprinting
  • maternal effects
  • nature conservation
  • population ecology
  • life history

Methods

  • Mate choice experiments
  • Video playback experiments
  • Conditioning experiments
  • DNA fingerprinting

Study species

  • sailfin mollies
  • atlantic mollies
  • amazon mollies
  • zebra finches
  • swifts
  • bison

Behavioural Ecology
Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Marc Naguib
Dr. Camilla Hinde
Dr. Bas Rodenburg
Dr. Bonne Beerda

Behavioural Ecology Group, Department of Animal Sciences
Wageningen University,
De Elst 1,
6708 WD Wageningen,
The Netherlands

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Research interests

  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Applied Animal Behaviour/Animal Welfare
  • Animal communication
  • Social networks
  • Animal Personality
  • Animal Cognition
  • Sexual selection
  • Behavioural development
  • Parental care
  • Family conflicts
  • Maternal effects
  • Dog-Owner interactions

Methods

  • Behavioural experiments
  • Bioacoustics
  • Radiotelemetry
  • Ornithological field methods
  • Video and Audio analysis
  • Social network analysis

Study species

  • Songbirds
  • Poultry / Laying hens
  • Quail
  • Dogs

Bachelor and Masters Program

NIOO-KNAW

Contacts

Prof. Dr. Marcel Visser
Dr. Kate Lessels
Prof. Dr. Marc Naguib
Prof. Dr. Arie van Noordwijk
Dr. Kees van Oers

Department Animal Ecology
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

P.O. Box 40
6700 AB Wageningen
The Netherlands

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Research interests

  • Life history strategies
  • Animal communication
  • Behavioural ecology, sexual selection
  • Behavioural and evolutionary conflicts
  • Parental care
  • Genetics and development of behaviour
  • Personalities

Methods

  • Behavioural experiments
  • Bioacoustics
  • Respirometry
  • Radiotelemetry
  • Quantitative genetics

Study species

  • Song birds (great tits, blue tits, pied flycatchers, nightingales)

Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies
University of Zurich-Irchel

Contacts

Prof. Wolf U. Blanckenhorn

Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies
University of Zurich-Irchel
34 (building)-J (floor) -98 (office)
CH-8057 Zurich

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Research interests

  • Evolution of body size and sexual size dimorphism
  • Thermal Adaptation
  • Life History Evolution
  • Evolutionary & Community Ecology
  • Sexual & Natural Selection
  • Sperm Competition
  • Mating Behavior
  • Population Biology
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Physiological Ecology
  • Functional Morphology
  • Dung Biodiversity Research

Methods

  • Quantitative & Population Genetics
  • Laboratory & Field Experiments
  • Phylogenetic Methods
  • Behavioral Assays & Experiments
  • Physiological Methods

Study species

  • Primarily Insects; in particular
  • Yellow Dung Flies (Scathophagidae)
  • Various Sepsid Flies (Sepsidae; Schwingfliegen)

Bachelor and Masters Program

Animal Behaviour, Institute of Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies
University of Zurich

Contacts

Prof. Barbara König
PD Dr. Anna Lindholm
University of Zurich
Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich
Switzerland

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Research interests

  • Communal nursing in wild house mice (Mus musculus domesticus)
  • Energetics and immunology of lactation
  • Social selection through female social partner choice
  • Kin recognition and kin discrimination
  • Sociogenetics of cooperation
  • Social interactions and diseases
  • Conservation biology and animal welfare
  • Selfish genetic elements
  • Evolutionary genetics

Methods

  • We work both in the field and in the laboratory, and we use behavioural, ecological, physiological and molecular genetic methods

Study species

  • Mainly house mice (Mus musculus domesticus)

Bachelor and Masters Program