I am a German biologist specialised in animal behaviour, ecology, and physiology. While I really loved working as a scientist, it was especially during my Ph.D. that I started to see clues of what I actually enjoyed doing: crafting presentations and posters, editing videos, and presenting my work to both, fellow researchers and the public. I also started participating in Science Slams across Germany. Bridging the gap between science and the public is now more important than ever, which is why I decided to pursue a career as a science communicator.
During my master’s studies, I examined the cognitive capabilities of wild mouse lemurs (Microcebus murinus) in Madagascar and douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus and P. cinerea) in Vietnam. To do so, I applied tests of the “Primate Cognition Test Battery”, a comprehensive set of experiments addressing physical and social cognitive skills.
After finishing my master’s degree in “Behavioural Biology” at the University of Göttingen and the German Primate Center, I completed my Ph.D. thesis (2016-2020) entitled “Health consequences of group living in wild Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi)”. I examined various aspects of wild Verreaux’s sifakas’ social life, i.e. group size, group membership, rank, affiliative and agonistic interactions, and their potential associations with activity and ranging patterns, parasite infections, measures of faecal glucocorticoid metabolites (fGCMs) and gut microbial communities collected. Thereby, I gained valuable experiences concerning fieldwork as well as data management and I acquired methodological skills in endocrinological, microbiological, and parasitological analyses.
After finishing my Ph.D., I took courses on project and quality management, and am now completing correspondence courses at the Freie Journalistenschule in “Public Relations”. Currently, I work as a press officer at the MPI for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen.
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