Academic career & education:
05/2019 -- 04/2021: The Ohio State University, Department for Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, USA; with Gerald Carter.
05/2017 -- 04/2020: Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama; with Rachel Page.
02/2014 -- 04/2019: Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Berlin, Germany; with Frieder Mayer. Since then affiliated as a visiting scientist.
03/2010 -- 01/2014: University of Ulm, Thesis: Effects of habitat fragmentation on movement patterns and population genetics in frugivorous bats; grade: 1.0 (magna cum laude); supervised by Elisabeth Kalko (deceased), Marco Tschapka & Manfred Ayasse
06/2011 -- 06/2012: Ulm University (Chemical ecology of bat fruits)
2008 -- 2010: Ulm University (Biodiversity Exploratories)
Student of Biology
09/2002 -- 07/2008: University of Ulm; diploma in ecology (major), endocrinology & microbiology (minors), grade 1.1 Thesis: Bat community structure and fruit choice of frugivorous bats and tamarins in the Peruvian Amazon; grade 1.0
Abitur (qualification for university entrance)
09/1992 -- 07/2001: Gymnasium bei St. Anna, Augsburg, Germany
Scholarships and project funding
2017: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Studies Awards: Joint proposal of Rachel Page (PI), G Carter, S Ripperger,
F Mayer; Tracking and manipulating cooperative relationships in vampire bats.
2015: MfN Innovation fund (Start up funds at Museum für Naturkunde Berlin): Social information transfer and group decision making in Neotropical bats.
2014: MfN Innovation fund: Using miniaturized sensors for analyzing social interactions among fringe-lipped bats.
2010 -- 2011: DAAD doctoral scholarship for fieldwork in Costa Rica (12 months)
2007: DAAD scholarship for fieldwork for the Diploma thesis in Peru (3 months)
2005 -- 2006: DAAD scholarship for study abroad at the Universidad de Costa Rica (2 semesters)
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Canadian Journal of Zoology
Ecology & Evolution
International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation
Journal of Animal Ecology
Journal of Bat Research & Conservation
Methods in Ecology Evolution
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
Tropical Conservation Science
Zoosystematics and Evolution