Friday, September 23, 2011


I am a biological anthropologist with a keen interest in the evolution of behavior and cognition of human and nonhuman primates. I have studied different aspects of culture and cooperation in several nonhuman primates including baboons, orangutans, chimpanzees and bonobos. I am currently extending my research to the behavioral ecology and psychology of cooperation in a human population of Amazonian forager-horticulturalists, the Tsimane of Bolivia. In addition I'm involved in cross-cultural projects on several small-scale human societies.


Field work on orangutans in Indonesia
After an undergrad in biology, I got my Master of Science and PhD from the University of Zurich working with Carel van Schaik at the Anthropological Institute and MuseumSince 2011 I am doing postdoctoral research at the University of California Santa Barbara with Michael Gurven at the Department of Anthropology.
I have also always been interested in collaborations and exchange beyond departmental boundaries: In Zurich I was a member of the Graduate Program for Interdisciplinary Research in Ethics, and at UCSB I was a junior research fellow at the Sage Center for the Study of Mind 

Field work with the Tsimane of Bolivia