Academic career & education:
05/2019 -- 04/2021: The Ohio State Univerity, 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
2008 -- 2010: 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)
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
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)
Tropical Conservation Science
Zoosystematics and Evolution