I am a wildlife biologist interested in the behavioural and physiological aspects of group living in vertebrates. I consider myself to be somewhat of a “research chimera”, as I use methods from different fields to adress a variation of questions in the framework of evolutionary ecology.
Within the last years, I have used a multidisciplinary approach to study aspects of sociality in mammals, such as:
– Personality development under high population density in voles.
– Costs and benefits of reciprocal cooperation in rats.
– Physiological adaptations to costs of group living, such as the immune system of bats.
Generally, I investigated how the condition of an individual can be influenced by various factors and eventually signalled to other group members. I aim at combining these two aspects by focusing on the importance of physiological adaptations to group living, as well as signaling of individual quality among conspecifics.
You can find details on current and past research projects by following the links on the left. All resulting publications are available as pdfs for free.