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)
Winner UWA 2012 Outstanding Young Investigator Award
Diploma (Master’s) with distinction in biological anthropology at the Anthropological Institute,
University of Zurich
‘Vordiplom’ (Bachelor’s) in biology
HONOURS AND AWARDS
UWA Research Collaboration Award 2016
I completed my PhD degree in biological anthropology at the University of Zurich/Switzerland in 2009.
My research was aimed at understanding the evolutionary determinants of multilevel societies in primates and included 20 months of observations on wild snub-nosed monkeys in China, complemented with comp
arative cross-species analyses.
Subsequently I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/Germany and conducted a field study on the feeding ecology and feeding competition in mountain gorillas in Rwanda between 2009 and 2010. This was done in collaboration with the Karisoke Research Center.
In 2012, I took up a position at the University of Western Australia, and in 2014 I was granted tenure.