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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Citizen science and animal behaviour

Ethology

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How wolves became important partners for humans

People and Animanls

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Acoustic communication in fishes: Temperature plays a role.

Fish and Fisheries

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Affiliative interactions in northern bald ibis

PLOS ONE

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β-HSD expression in the CNS of a manakin and finch

General and Comparative Endocrinology

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Fatty acids affect juvenile development in guinea pigs

Scientific Reports

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Plasma fatty acids affect the guinea pig oestrous cycle

Reproduction, Fertility and Development

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Konrad Lorenz

Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior

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Short-term stress in birds: Comparing different endpoints

Physiology & Behavior