curriculum vitae

professional experiences

10/17 – 04/19




05/17 – 08/17




03/17 – 09/17




10/13 – 03/17




09/16 – 10/16




09/12 – 06/13




03/12 – 04/12




09/11 – 10/11




04/11 – 06/11




04/08 – 07/13

Postdoctoral research fellow (University of St Andrews, Scotland)

Collaborator: Prof. Josep Call

"Social factors mediating reciprocal cooperation in chimpanzees"


Research stay (Chimfunshi, Zambia)

Collaborator: Prof. Josep Call

"Cooperative problem solving in chimpanzees"


Postdoctoral researcher (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Collaborator: Prof. Michael Taborsky

"The social life of rats"


PhD thesis (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Supervisor: Prof. Michael Taborsky

“Whom to help, how and why? Reciprocal trading among Norway rats”


Research stay (Centre de Recherche de Primatologie Simenti, Senegal)

Collaborator: Prof. Julia Fischer

“The multilevel society of Guinea baboons”


Diploma thesis (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Supervisor: Prof. Michael Taborsky

“Proximate mechanisms of reciprocal cooperation in Norway rats”


Internship (Konrad Lorenz Research Station, Austria)

Supervisor: Prof. Thomas Bugnyar

“Behavioural differences in social interactions of wild ravens”


Internship (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany)

Supervisor: Prof. Susanne Foitzik

“Moving in Temnothorax nylanderi


Field assistant (Konrad Lorenz Research Station, Austria)

Supervisor: Prof. Kurt Kotrschal

“Social factors and parasite burden in hand-raised greylag goslings”


Studies in Biology (Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany)

Majors: Behavioural Ecology, Zoology, Botany, Psychology

research output





Scientific articles: 9 published, 1 in press (additional 4 are under review)

As first author (9)

Presentations: 24 talks, 1 symposium, 2 posters, 7 invited talks

As presenting author (17 talks, 1 symposium, 1 poster, 7 invited talks)


Since 06/18


Since 03/15







Editorial Board member for Scientific Reports


Extended council member of the Ethological Society


Organisation of the symposium

The interplay of cooperation and communication

(ECBB2016, Vienna, Austria)


Organisation of the workshop

“The theory of cooperation”

(ProDoc, Bratsch, Switzerland)












CHF 85'363 (Swiss National Science Foundation)

200            (Ethological Society)

960            (Incoming Grant by the Leibniz-Science Campus)

200            (Ethological Society)

US$ 700       (International Society for Behavioural Ecology)

400            (Ethological Society)

CHF 1’000    (Swiss Zoological Society)

100            (Forum Scientiarum)

200            (Ethological Society)

CHF 1’000    (Promotion of young scientists by the University of Bern)






03/14 – 03/16







10/10 – 02/11




04/10 – 07/10

Behavioural ecology special seminar [co-organiser: 32h, M.Sc. level]

University of Bern, Switzerland

"Inheritance of behaviour: from parental effects to cultural evolution"


Practical course “Behavioural ecology” [assistant: 4x 160h, B.Sc. level]

University of Bern, Switzerland

“The behavioural ecology of wild-type Norway rats”

“Cognitive mechanisms involved in reciprocal cooperation of rats”

“Social bonds in female Norway rats”

“Kin discrimination in male Norway rats”


Practical course [assistant: 1x 60h, B.Sc. level]

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany



Practical course [assistant: 2x 60h, B.Sc. level]

Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany


public outreach
















Austrian TV, short documentary on geese, ORF2 (AT)

Daily Planet: features scientific news in TV, Discovery Channel (CA)

Einstein: popular science TV show, SRF (CH)

Faszination Wissen: TV documentary on rats, BR/ ARD (DE)

Planet Wissen: popular science TV show, BR/ SWR/ WDR/ ARD (DE)

Xenius: TV documentary on rats, ARTE/ ARD (DE, FR)

Nano: German short TV report on recent scientific results, 3sat (DE)

BBC World Service Radio (US), BR5 (D), Energy Bern/Basel/Zürich (CH), Kingdom FM (UK), Antena3 (ES), SRF2 (CH), SRF4 (CH)

BBC Wildlife Magazine (UK), Daily (UK), Daily Star (UK), Express (UK), i (UK), Kurier (AT), Metro (UK), 20 Minuten (CH), Terra Mater (AT), the Courier (UK), the Herald (UK), The Press & Journal (UK), The Scotsman (UK), Süddeutsche Zeitung (D), The Sun (UK), Tiroler Tageszeitung (AT), Yorkshire Post (UK)

My work has been featured online in more than 25 countries.