I am an evolutionary biologist who has always been fascinated by how animals organise their social life. Most social
interactions within and between species are characterised by peaceful cooperation. However, the evolution of cooperation is not straightforward. Why do individuals help others instead of
selfishly keeping the resources? I study such social interactions in the light of evolution both in the lab and in the field. Thereby, my main focus lies on cognitive and emotional processes that
shape the decision to help. My studies are based on predictions derived from game theoretical models that I test experimentally. Besides, I have always been interested in welfare and conservation
Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.