I am an evolutionary biologist working experimentally on the topic of human social behavior. Since 2008 I am head of the Research Group "Evolution of Cooperation and Prosocial Behavior" at the Courant Research Center "Evolution of social behavior" at the University of Göttingen.
My research focuses on the evolution and maintenance of cooperative behavior in humans. By inviting participants to interact in computer-assisted economic games, we attempt to answer our research questions. These economic games originate from game theory and allow us to investigate cooperation in various conflict situations and ecological settings. Furthermore, the experimental research is underpinned by the development and analysis of evolutionary models and simulations. Moreover, cooperative behavior can be investigated by comparative studies between humans and non-human primates.
Before coming to Göttingen I have worked at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna, Autria, and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Evolutionary Ecology) in Plön, Germany.
PhD and Studies
- 04/2001 - 02/2004 PhD-student at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Evolutionary Ecology), Plön and University of Kiel
- Topic: "Human Cooperative Behavior" (Biology)
- Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Manfred Milinski
- 10/1992 - 03/2001 Study of biology at the University of Hamburg
- Diploma thesis (external, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön)
- Topic: "Experiments of Cooperation through Indirect Reciprocity"
- Main subject: Zoology; Minor subjects: Hydrobiology, Human Biology