I’m a behavioural ecologist interested in the effects of group living on primate health and fitness. The transitions from a solitary lifestyle to group living have resulted in several new health-related costs and benefits of sociality. In my PhD, I examine correlations between group size and ecological, social, physiological and health variables in wild Verreaux’s sifakas. During many months of behavioural observations and faecal sample collections and analyses, I acquired methodological skills in the areas of endocrinology, microbiology and parasitology and gained valuable experiences concerning field work.
Before I started my PhD, I worked on animal cognition with a major focus on the evolution of, and factors favouring, particular cognitive abilities or enhanced intelligence. During my masters, I examined cognitive skills in Douc langurs in Vietnam, using tests from the Primate Cognition Test Battery. Additionally, I investigated inhibitory control in wild Grey mouse lemurs in Madagascar.