Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990
    Abitur, Berlin

  • 1996
    Diploma in Biology, Humboldt-University Berlin

  • 1993 – 1994
    Non-graduate student, University of Edinburgh (UK)

  • 2002
    PhD, Humboldt University Berlin

Selected publications

  • Widdig, A. et al.: Paternal relatedness and age proximity regulate social relationships among adult female rhesus macaques. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 98, 2001. S. 13769-13773.

  • Widdig, A. et al.: A longitudinal analysis of reproductive skew in male rhesus macaques. In: Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 271, 2004. S. 819-826.

  • Widdig, A. et al.: Consequences of group fission for the patterns of relatedness among rhesus macaques. In: Molecular Ecology 15, 2006. S. 3825-2832.

  • Widdig, A. et al.: Paternal kin bias in the agonistic interventions of adult female rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). In: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61, 2006. S. 205-214.

  • Widdig, A.: Paternal kin discrimination: the evidence and likely mechanisms. In: Biological Reviews 82, 2007. S. 319-334.

  • Charpentier, M.J.E. et al.: Genetic heterozygosity and sociality in a primate species. In: Behavior Genetics 38, 2008. S. 151-158.

  • Neumann, C., Duboscq, J., Dubuc, C., Ginting, A., Irwan, A.M., Agil, M., Widdig, A.? & Engelhardt, A.? (2011): Assessing dominance hierarchies: validation and advantages of progressive evaluation with Elo rating. Animal Behaviour 82: 911-921. ? Equally contributed as senior authors

  • Weiss, A., Adams, M.J., Widdig, A. & Gerald, M.S. (2011): Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta) as Living Fossils of Hominoid Personality and Subjective Well-being. Journal of Comparative Psychology 125: 72-83.

  • Dubuc, C., Muniz, L., Heistermann, M, Engelhardt, A.? & Widdig, A.? (2011): Testing the priority-of-access model in a seasonally breeding primate species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:1615?1627. ? Equally contributed as senior authors

  • Kulik, L. Muniz, L., Mundry, R. & Widdig, A. (2012): Patterns of interventions and the effect of coalitions and sociality on male fitness. Molecular Ecology 21: 699-714.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Understanding the impact of kinship upon the evolution of social behavior is one of the central questions in Behavioral Ecology. Kin selection theory predicts that animals can increase their fitness by allocating more cooperation to kin than to non-kin. There is widespread evidence of favouring maternal kin in behaviour across mammals, including primates and in some species it has also been shown that females increase their fitness via associations with maternal kin. Less is known about paternal kinship (relatedness through the father). In many social primates, females mate promiscuously (with more than one male) near the time of conception. Hence, in species with such a mating system, paternity can only be revealed to human observers via genetic techniques. To date we do not understand whether and how male and female primates can assess paternity and we only have limited information about the distribution of paternal kinship within and across social groups. Furthermore, little is known about the impact of paternal relatedness upon the evolution of social behaviour as well as the underlying mechanism of paternal kin discrimination. The Junior Research Group of Primate Kin Selection aims to study a number of these questions (see

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associated Editor of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology

    PLoS ONE

Additional qualifications

  • Head of Junior Research Group (Emmy-Noether group, funded by the German Research Foundation)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Conservation, Field biology, Social Evolution of mammals in general

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 3 children


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