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.
I currently work with wild-type Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) and bats, especially the greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata). Both species of mammals are highly social and gregarious. You find details on the research projects by following the links on the left. You can also download all publications as pdfs for free .
My current research questions are:
- Which informations are used by an individual to decide whether to provide help to an unrelated conspecific or not?
- Are informations provided by the receiving individuals honest or manipulative?
- Which olfactory cues are involved during reciprocal cooperation (in collaboration with Gregory Roeder and Ted Turlings, University of Neuchatel)
- What are the genetic drivers of cooperative behaviour (in cooperation with the Department of Evolutionary Genetics of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin)