Research associate staff at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Staff scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Research assistant in the department of Ecophysiology and Animal Movement (Prof. M. Wikelski) at the University of Konstanz, Germany
Research Fellow of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
DFG-Postdoc, Evolutionary Ecology, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research at the Smitshonian Tropical Research Institute
Sales & Marketing representative, NewBehavior AG, Zürich
SNF-Postdoc, Neuroanatomy and Behavior, Institute of Anatomy, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Ph.D., Animal Behavior, Zoological Institute, University of Zürich, Switzerland
MS of Science (Systematics & Ecology), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, Switzerland
If I had categorize myself, I would call myself a classical behavioural ecologist with a passion for evolution.
My scientific interest revolves around the central question:
Why do animals live in groups? And how do the ecological niche and energetic constraints play a role in that?
I focus on short and long distance movements and their reciprocal link with the evolution of
sociality. I’m particularly interested in comparing knowledge gathered from geographical comparisons such
as the tropics and the temperate zones. This allows us to test many current theories we have
explaining the evolution of sociality and mating systems excluding confounding influences of
seasons and seasonal behaviours such as migration and hibernation.
As a secondary research focus down the avenue of energetic constraints and ecological niche, I
am also interested in the evolution of brain size.
Publication list [available by clicking]
- Alex Widmer, DNA barcoding of diet from feces
- Jan Taylor (University of Bialystok), Moritz Hertel (MPI Seewiesen), Chet Sherwood (George Washington University), adult neurogenesis and seasonal brain size changes
- Arne Ludwig, IZW Berlin, the link between colouration and social structure in bats
- Jakob Fahr (University of Ulm), Richard Suu-Ire (Ghana Wildlife Services) migration in the Straw-coloured flying fox, Eidolon helvum
- Irek Ruczynski (Mammal Research Institute, Bialowieza), evolution of sociality in male bats and migration of European bats
- Kamran Safi (MPIO), Jeroen Smaers (University College London), evolution of brain size
- Elisabeth Yohannes (Universität Konstanz), stable isotopes in bat feces
- Christian Voigt (Institut für Zoo und Wildtierforschung, Berlin), energy metabolism of bats