Student Representatives Members
PhD Net Representative
Nadia BalduccioDoctoral Student
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 CalderonIMPRS 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
Sarah C. DavidsonIMPRS Doctoral Student
Movebank Data Curator
Zoë GoldsboroughIMPRS 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
Alison GovaertsIMPRS Doctoral Student
I am an ecologist, interested in collective behavior and decision-making in African wild dogs. I investigate their vocal repertoire and how vocal communication influences individual and group behavior. I study how group decisions emerge from individual actions, and how this is influenced by the individual’s characteristics and social bonds and the environment. Combining high resolution tracking data with recordings of vocalizations and direct observations, I will investigate how they make decisions, maintain group cohesion and coordinate themselves.
Decision-making • Collective behavior • African wild dogs
Emily GroutIMPRS Doctoral Student
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
Odd JacobsonIMPRS Doctoral Student
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
Pranav MinasandraIMPRS 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 MorenoIMPRS Doctoral Student
IMPRS Student Representative
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
Kathrine StewartIMPRS 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