MS of Science (Ecology and Evolution) at the University of Konstanz and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany
BS of Science (Biological Sciences), University of Konstanz, Germany.
My scientific interests range from conservational biology to evolutionary and behavioral ecology. For my bachelor thesis I have been working on shoaling behavior and population genetics of perch in Lake Constance. Besides helping in a conservational project for cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea as a research assistant, I participated in a neuroecology camp in Poland and was involved in a
bat research project about social foraging in Panama as a field assistant of Yann Gager.
For my Master thesis, I am currently investigating the link between personality and predation risk in free flying homing pigeons. To approach this question, we collected data from predation events during homing flights and are looking at different variables such as personality and biometrics to investigate their role in survival of an individual. Additionally, I am involved in a project focusing on leadership hierarchies in flocks of homing pigeons by the use of high rate GPS- and AccelerometerTracking-Techniques. The aim of this study is to disentangle the factors causing individuals to emerge as leaders or followers during flock flights. Both projects are part of the scientific focus of David Carlos Santos who is – together with Dina Dechmann – supervising my work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology.