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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Journal of Ornithology

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BMC Evolutionary Biology

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Journal of Evolutionary Biology

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PLoS ONE

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Scientific Reports

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PeerJ

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Scientific Reports

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Book: Life Cycle and Development of Diptera [Working Title]

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PLoS ONE

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Open-Access Zeitschrift für Kinder

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American Journal of Primatology

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Of course, humans are not unique!

Animal Sentience

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Science News

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Parental effects of male alternative reproductive tactics

Functional Ecology

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Morphology, Behavior, and Neurophysiology of Sexual Attractiveness

Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology

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Journal of Ornithology

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Inflammatory protein biomarkers

Analytical Biochemistry

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Umweltverschmutzung stresst arktische Tierwelt

Überreste verlassener Kohleminen in der Arktis beeinflussen Stressverhalten und Physiologie junger Gänse