Cornelia Kraus

Sociobiology/Anthropology
Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institute for Zoology & Anthropology


Research Interests


  • Evolution of life histories
  • Aging and health in the wild
  • Cognition in dogs



Education and Employment

2008 -Research Scientist & Lecturer, Department of Sociobiology/Anthropology, University of Göttingen
2005-2008Research Scientist, Max-Planck-Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
2003-2005Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Animal Behaviour, University of Bielefeld, Germany
2003Dr. rer nat. (Biology), University of Bielefeld, Germany




Selected publications

Hämäläinen A, Dammhahn M, Aujard F, Eberle M, Hardy I, Kappeler PM, Perret M, Schliehe-Diecks S, Kraus C (2014) Senescence or selective disappearance? Age trajectories of body mass in wild and captive populations of a small-bodied primate. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 281: 20140830

Kraus C, van Waveren C, Huebner F (2014) Distractible dogs, constant cats? A test of the distraction hypothesis in two domestic species. Animal Behaviour 93: 173-181

Kraus C, Pavard S, Promislow DEL (2013) The size-lifespan trade-off decomposed: why large dogs die young. The American Naturalist 181: 492-505

Kraus C, Mueller B, Meise K, Piedrahita P, Pörschmann U, Trillmich F (2013) Mama?s boy: sex differences in juvenile survival in a highly dimorphic large mammal, the Galapagos sea lion. Oecologia 171: 893-903

Kappeler PM, Kraus C (2010) Levels and mechanisms of behavioural variability. In: Animal Behaviour: Evolution and mechanisms. (Kappeler PM, ed). Springer, Berlin. pp. 655-684

Roedel HG, von Holst D, Kraus C (2009) Family legacies: short- and long-term fitness consequences of early life conditions in female European rabbits. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 789?797

Kraus C, Eberle M, Kappeler PM (2008) The costs of risky male behaviour: sex differences in seasonal survival in a small sexually monomorphic primate. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 275: 1635-1644