curriculum vitae

scientific career

04/19 to date




10/17 – 03/19




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

Lecturer (University of St Andrews, Scotland)

Psychology, Origins of Mind Research Group

Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolution


SNSF 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: 11 published, 1 in press (additional 4 are under review)

As first author (14)

Presentations: 24 talks, 1 symposium, 2 posters, 9 invited talks

As presenting author (18 talks, 1 symposium, 1 poster, 9 invited talks)


06/18 - present

01/15 - present






03/15 - present







Associate editor of Scientific Reports

Grant referee: Ethological Society, Graduate Women in Science

Journal referee: Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, Evolutionary Ecology Research, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Learning & Behavior, Nova Publishers, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, The American Naturalist [see Publons]


Extended council member of the Ethological Society


“The interplay of cooperation and communication”

Symposium at ECBB2016 (Vienna, Austria)

In collaboration with Dr Claudia Wascher


“The theory of cooperation”

ProDoc workshop (Bratsch, Switzerland)

In collaboration with Dr Claudia Kasper

media (selection)
















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.