Doctoral Students



PhD Net Representative

Hester Brønnvik

Hester Brønnvik

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Awarded Students

NeuroDoWo 2022
Katja Slangewal received the best poster award for her work "Integrating multiple sources of information, how does the brain do it?", and Yannick Günzel received the best talk award for his presentation "Hopper by name, hopper by nature. The state-dependent startle response of the desert locust." more

Current Doctoral Students

Atharva Andhare

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Cecilia Baldoni

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Council

Nadia Balduccio

IMPRS Doctoral Student

I am an ecologist specialized in tropical ecosystems. I investigated a diverse array of wildlife in South America, Africa and Asia, putting conservation at the forefront of my work. In my PhD, I focus on the effect of human (Homo sapiens) hunting on mammal abundance and movement patterns. In the wider study site of the LuiKotale Bonobo Project, DRC, I assess the mammal community across areas that have been protected for different lengths of time.

Conservation • Monitoring • Mammal Community • Hunting

Maria Camila Calderon

IMPRS Doctoral Student

I study group foraging in the Neotropical greater spear-nosed bat. In collaboration with Teague O'Mara and the Dechmann lab, I map resource distribution and combine it with high-resolution movement and acoustic data of whole groups of bats. I investigate how group foraging decisions can be facilitated by social information and the social interactions of the groups.


Group foraging • High-resolution spatial and acoustic data • Bats

Chi Hsin Chen

I am a behavioral ecologist with training in comparative psychology and ethology. Broadly, I am interested in social cognition, communication, and decision-making in animal societies. For my PhD, I will be studying how spotted hyenas communicate to obtain relevant information that further shapes their decision-making on group coordination. I am excited to combine acoustic, GPS, and accelerometer data to address questions on the social decision-making process in spotted hyenas.

Luigi Colin

IMPRS Doctoral Student
University Konstanz

Maya Dagher

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Francesca Decina

IMPRS Doctoral Student

I am interested in mechanisms driving sexual selection, the strategies of individuals to overcome constrains deriving from intra-sexual mate competition and mate choice. In my PhD I will investigate the strategies of male bonobos to enhanced mating and reproductive success and the response of females towards different male mating strategies. I am also interested in the nature of social relationships between males and females, and how demography and kinship affect life history profiles and fitness of individual males.


Mating strategies Reproductive success Social relationships

Melanie Dörr

IMPRS Doctoral Student
University Konstanz

Louise Ducroix

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Andrea Fogato

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Narcís Font Massot

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Konstanz

Lester Fox Rosales

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Roberto Garza

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Council

Zoë Goldsborough

IMPRS Doctoral Student

I am a behavioral ecologist, studying the cultural transmission of behaviors and how this relates to socio-ecological, environmental, and individual differences. By combining observations with non-invasive experiments and statistical modeling, I aim to learn more about animal culture. I study social learning of stone tool use in island living white-faced capuchin monkeys, with the aim to discover which factors drive the development of this behavior, as island populations seem to be more prone to develop tool use. 


Tool use Cultural transmission • Thanatology • Capuchins

Andrea Gonsek

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Konstanz University

I am curious about how insects perceive their environment and want to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the processing of sensory information. In my PhD I study how the visual system of nocturnal hawkmoths processes highly dynamic visual inputs based on natural sceneries, and how behavioural strategies might optimise sensory acquisition.

Insect  • nocturna  • vision  • neural processing  • natural environment

Emily Grout

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Representative
Konstanz - Bücklestraße

I am a behavioural ecologist, interested in communication in social mammals. Collaring white-nosed coatis living in Panama, I collect audio, high-resolution accelerometer and GPS data to assemble a call repertoire in combination with observed behaviours. I study the resulting effects of vocalisations on group cohesion, dynamics and movement, and the influence of environmental variation on mechanisms used in communication.


Communication & Collective Movement • Food For Thought • Coatis 

Sydney Hunt

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Elena Iannino

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Odd Jacobson

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Konstanz

I am a wildlife ecologist, specialized in field-based behavioral research. I am broadly interested in animal movement and space-use in group-living animals. By combining longitudinal data with spatial analytical tools, I investigate how demographic change influences home range behavior in groups of white-faced capuchins. My current research focuses on how sleep site locations can be used to leverage historical data from before GPS technology was introduced. Using this knowledge, I plan to address how within-group energetic requirements and novel spatial information introduced from immigrants drive space-use patterns over the long-term. 


Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project  Capuchins   Immigration   Longitudinal data   Home range 

Youn Jae Kang

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Konstanz ZT 921

Kavitha Kannan

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Council
University Konstanz

Myriam Knöpfle

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Jenna Kohles

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Kajal Kumari

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Council

Etienne Lein

IMPRS Doctoral Student
International Fieldwork Coordinator

Saverio Lubrano

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Adriana Luna

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Laura Lüthy

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Ashrit Mangalwedhekar

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Council

Pranav Minasandra

IMPRS Doctoral Student

I am a computational biologist, interested in collective animal behaviour and movement patterns. My work is focused on social factors that affect synchronisation of wake-sleep cycles in animals. in cooperation with the Jordan lab, I will combine theoretical and experimental approaches to study these factors in cichlid fish. Using a model-fitting approach, I will address questions about the social dimension of synchronisation. 


Behavioural state dynamics Social entrainment Wake-sleep cycle • Spotted hyenas • Cichlid fish

Claudio Manuel Monteza Moreno, M.Sc.

IMPRS Doctoral Student
+49.1515.1878.486
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

I am a field biologist interested in behavior, ecology and natural history of forest mammals. I study the dynamics of biodiversity and the effects of disconnected habitats caused by anthropogenic change. By assessing the occupancy of community of forest mammals in the Panama Canal area, I aim to identify the degree of landscape connectivity across plantation mosaics that are disconnecting forests.


Landscape Connectivity Conservation • Coffee • Capuchins

Akhila Mudunuri

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Council

Hari Narayanan

IMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Representative

Frederic Nowak

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Sonya Pashchevskaya

IMPRS Doctoral Student

My main interest is social behaviour of bonobos (Pan paniscus): its evolution, structure and functions. I am fascinated by the dynamics of bonobo networks: how their properties change with ecological factors and how individuals’ positions vary in the potential influence on network structure. Using my mathematical background, I apply social network analysis to study global and local patterns of associations and interactions between individuals within a community. For my MSc thesis, I focused on how network characteristics influence disease spread in the bonobos of LuiKotale. 


Bonobo Network analysis Social behaviour

August Paula

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Gopika Ranjith

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Eva Riehle

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Emma Rusconi

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Alexandra Schmidt

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Xiong Shi

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Katja Slangewal

IMPRS Doctoral Student
Uni Konstanz ZT902


How does the brain integrate different, often conflicting, sources of information to form a decision? Using the small and transparent larval zebrafish, I study the neural circuits involved in decision-making. To understand these circuits, I combine behavioural experiments, model simulations and 2-photon imaging.


Decision-making  • neural circuits • microscopy • zebrafish

Nora Slania

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Kathrine Stewart

IMPRS Doctoral Student

I am a behavioral ecologist broadly interested in how group-living animals make decisions. Currently, I study foraging decisions by wild bonobos (Pan paniscus) to better understand how individuals optimize their nutrient intake and energetic costs as food availability varies, and how these individual foraging decisions influence group fission-fusion dynamics. I am also investigating how social and environmental factors influence groups’ decisions about when and how to interact with one another. 


Decision-making • Foraging Behavior • Bonobos 


Stephen Tyndel

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Tamara Volkmer

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Anja Wegner

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Guanwen Wei

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Weihan Zhao

IMPRS Doctoral Student

Alumni
including those from the former school IMPRS for Organismal Biology

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