We investigate animal and human behaviour on a systemic level, integrating behavioural, ecological, physiological and molecular approaches in order to address mechanistic and functional questions from an evolutionary perspective. Main research topics are social complexity, cooperation, communication, seasonal adaptations, reproductive strategies, stress responses and interspecific interactions. Our model organisms range from mites to humans including fishes, birds, rodents, wolves, dogs and primates. We conduct field and lab based studies using experimental setups under natural, semi-natural and laboratory conditions. Our expertise in behavioural endocrinology represents the basic line for most projects in the respective context. As physiological measurements from non-invasive sources are crucial requisites for both field and lab studies we are intensively engaged in the development, improvement and validation of these techniques. Beyond the transmission of information to a wider public to highlight the importance of basic research and applied aspects, Citizen Science has been successfully integrated and is part of relatively complex research topics such as population dynamics and life history strategies.

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Interview mit Verhaltensforscherin und START-Preisträgerin Petra Sumasgutner

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“Comparative cognition in cichlids”

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Journal of Evolutionary Biology

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Communications Biology

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Verenas Waldis & der Wert der Vielfalt

Alle zehn Minuten stirbt eine Art. Der Waldrapp war in Europa bereits ausgestorben, doch Forscher:innen wollen ihn jetzt wieder ansiedeln. Kann das...

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Frontiers in Genetics

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Journal of Mammalogy

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Parasitology Research

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Measuring salivary mesotocin in birds - Seasonal differences in ravens' peripheral mesotocin levels

Hormones and Behavior

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Exposure to artificial light at night alters innate immune response in wild great tit nestlings

The Journal of Experimental Biology

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Food utilization depending on fatty acid content and storability in common hamsters

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Energy allocation strategies in common hamsters

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Current Zoology

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Journal of Applied Ecology

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Journal of Animal Ecology

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Current Zoology

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Oryx

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Animals

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Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

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Biology