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I completed my PhD in biological anthropology at the University of Zurich (Department of Anthropology) in 2009. My PhD research involved a pioneering study on the social organization of wild snub-nosed monkeys in China.


Upon completion of my PhD, I commenced work as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/Germany (2009-2011). My postdoc research centered on the behavioral ecology of mountain gorillas in Rwanda.


In 2012 I took up a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the School of Human Sciences at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and I was granted tenure and got promoted in 2014. I hold a joint affiliation with UWA’s Centre for Evolutionary Biology and an Adjunct Professor position at Dali University in China. In 2017 I was offered a Visiting Scholar appointment in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.




Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2009)


Dr. sc. nat. (Ph.D.) at the Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich

National Science Foundation of China Research Fund for International Young Scientists (2011)

2022 UWA School of Human Sciences Mid-Career Researcher Award


Diploma (Master’s) with distinction in biological anthropology at the Anthropological Institute, University of Zurich


‘Vordiplom’ (Bachelor’s) in biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland


UWA Faculty of Science Excellence Award for Media Engagement

2012 UWA Outstanding Young Investigator Award


Senior Lecturer

Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, School of Human Sciences


Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences,

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

35 Stirling Highway (M309), Perth WA 6009, Australia


Adjunct Professor

International Centre of Biodiversity and Primate Conservation, Dali University

Dali, Yunnan 671003, China


Honorary Research Fellow

Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB), College of Science and Technology, University of Rwanda, Huye, Rwanda


Research Fellow

Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC)

The University of Western Australia (UWA)

35 Stirling Highway, Perth WA 6009, Australia

    Associate Editor Frontiers in Mammal Science 
    Member Editorial Board International Journal of Primatology; Zoological Research; Animals; Frontiers in Conservation Science

Member IUCN Primate Specialist Group; Sections: East and Southeast Asia; China; Section on Great Apes

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