Short CV/Education and training

Professional experience

  • 1995
    Costa Rica; Project: Protection of Margays

  • 1997
    National Park Berchtesgaden; Germany; Project: Influences of breeding success of the Golden Eagle.

  • 1997 – 1998
    Taï Monkey Project, Ivory Coast. Field research on sooty mangabeys, a terrestrial monkey species.

  • 2000 – 2002
    Taï Monkey Project, Ivory Coast. Field research on sooty mangabeys, a terrestrial monkey species.

  • 2002
    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany; Project: Training to conduct acoustic analyses of non-human primate vocalizations

  • 1999 – 2000
    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Employed as technical assistant to summarize empirical and theoretical data about differences in female-female relationships between chimpanzees and bonobos.

  • 2004 – 2005
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Konrad-Lorenz Institute for Ethology, Gruenau, Austria. During 5 months I carried out several experiments concerning the individual learning ability of ravens and how learning speed relates to personality.

  • 2005 – 2008
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurobiology and Cognition, University of Vienna, European Community’s Sixth Framework Programme: NEST 012929, ‘Evolution, Development and Intentional Control of Imitation’. I was employed as the main researcher in this project and responsible for the design, the conducting and the analyses of experiments in marmosets, keas and dogs.

  • 2008
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Neurobiology and Cognition, University of Vienna, Austrian Science Fond, ‘Understanding and use of social relationships’

  • Since 2008
    Director of the Wolf Science Center; involves the responsibility for the research station including financial as well as administrative issues. Since 2010, I am the president of the scientific society.

  • 2009 – 2011
    Project leader, Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austrian Science Fond, ‘Cognitive tools and emotional context in canine cooperation’. This is an independent grant I applied for as the PI and which paid my salary the last 3 years. I am responsible for the scientific as well as financial issues concerning this project.

  • Since 2011
    Employed as University Assistant (Scientific leader of the Clever Dog Lab) at the Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Medical University Vienna, and University of Vienna.

Education

  • 1992 – 1998
    Masters at the University of Bayreuth (Dept. of Animal Physiology), Germany

  • 2000 – 2004
    PhD at the University of Pennsylvania (Dept. of Psychology), USA

  • 2013
    Habilitation at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Title: Social monitoring in domestic dogs

Selected publications

  • Range, F. & Virányi, Z. (2015) Social attentiveness in dogs and wolves: Tracking the evolutionary origins of dog-human cooperation. Focused review invited contribution to Front. Psychol. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01582

  • Range, F. & Virányi, Z. 2014. Wolves are better imitators of conspecifics than dogs. PLoS ONE, 9, e86559.

  • Mazzini, F., Townsend, S. W., Virányi, Z., & Range, F. (2013). Wolf Howling Is Mediated by Relationship Quality Rather Than Underlying Emotional Stress.Current Biology, 23(17):1677.

  • Horn, L., Range, F. & Huber, L. (2013). Dogs? attention towards humans depends on their relationship, not only on social familiarity. Animal Cognition. 16(3): 435-443

  • Utrata, E., Virányi, Zs. & Range, F. (2012) Quantity discriminationin wolves (Canis lupus). Front. Psychology 3:505. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00505

  • Huber, L., Range, F., Virányi, Zs. (2012) Dogs imitate selectively, not necessarily rationally: reply to Kaminski et al. (2011). Animal Behaviour 83: e1-e3

  • Range, F., Möslinger, H., Virányi, Zs. (2012) Wolves? and dogs? understanding of means-end relations in a string-pulling task. Animal Cognition DOI 10.1007/s10071-012-0488-8

  • Müller, C.A., Dörrenberg, S., Mayer, C., Huber, L., Range, F. (2011) Female but not male dogs respond to a size constancy violation. Biology letters. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0287

  • Range, F. & Viranyi, Zs. (2011) Gaze following abilities in wolves (Canis lupus). PLoS ONE 6(2): e16888. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016888

  • Faragó, T., Pongrácz, P., Miklósi, A., Huber, L., Virányi, Zs., Range, F. (2010) Dogs? Expectation about Signalers? Body Size by Virtue of Their Growls. PLoS ONE 5(12): e15175. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0015175


Selected projects

  • Understanding the Proximate Mechanisms of Canine Cooperation. ERC Starting grant funded by the EU, 2013-2018

  • Proximate Mechanisms of Canine Cooperation: Prosocial attitudes and inequity aversion. Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2013-2016

  • Can nutrition reduce cognitive aging in pet dogs. Funded by a company, 2013-2016

  • The effect of early experience on physical cognition in dogs. Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2010-2012

  • Cognitive tools and emotional context in canine cooperation. Funded by FWF, 2009-2012

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Additional qualifications

  • Management of the Wolf Science Center


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 kids


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