Curriculum vitae

Academic career & education:

Post-doctoral positions

   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

Research assistant

   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)

Academic services:

Grant reviewing:

National Geographics

Journal reviewing:

Acta Chiropterologica

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

Biological Conservation



BMC Biology

Canadian Journal of Zoology

Current Biology




Ecology & Evolution


Folia Zoologica


International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation

Journal of Animal Ecology

Journal of Bat Research & Conservation


Mammal Research

Methods in Ecology Evolution

Movement Ecology

PLoS One

PLoS Biology

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

Tropical Conservation Science

Wildlife Biology

Zoosystematics and Evolution