Dr. Josefine Kalbitz

Main scientific interests

  • Evolution of Social Relationships
  • Group Dynamics
  • Cooperation and Communication
  • Animal Cognition


  • October 2003 – July 2009: Studied Biological Science, University of Leipzig.
    Thesis: „Reciprocal Altruism in Chimpanzees” at the MPI-EVA, supervised by Prof. M. Tomasello and Prof. Julia Ostner

Professional history and field experience

  • May 2011 - October 2016: PhD Student, CRC Evolution of Social Behaviour. Social Bonds in Assamese Macaques
  • October 2003 – March 2011: Research Assistant and HIWI at the WKPRC, MPI-EVA
  • July 2005 – October 2007: Volunteer work with chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos in different zoos and in the field, supervised by the Humboldt-University, Berlin, St. Andrews University, GB, Oxford-University, GB, and the Jane-Goodall-Institute, UGA