Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998
    Diplom degree in biology, University of Göttingen, Germany

  • 2003
    PhD from the University of Würzburg, Germany

  • 2003 – 2005
    Postdoctoral fellow at Stony Brook University, NY, USA (Feodor Lynen Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)

  • 2005 – 2010
    Director of an independent Max Planck junior research group, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

  • Since 2008
    Junior professor and junior research group leader at the University of Göttingen

Selected publications

  • Schülke, O. et al.: Social bonds enhance reproductive success in male macaques. In: Current Biology 20, 2010. pp. 2207-2210.

  • Berghänel, A., Schülke, O., Ostner, J.: Coalition formation among Barbary macaque males – the influence of scramble competition. In: Animal Behaviour 80, 2010. pp. 675-682.

  • Ostner, J., Heistermann, M., Schülke, O.: Dominance, aggression and physiological stress in wild male Assamese macaques (Macaca assamensis). In: Hormones & Behavior 54, 2008. pp. 613-619.

  • Ostner, J., Nunn, C., Schülke, O.: Female reproductive synchrony predicts biased paternity across primates. In: Behavioral Ecology 19, 2008. pp. 1150-1158.

  • Ostner, J., Kappeler, P.M.: Male life history and the unusual sex ratios of redfronted lemur, Eulemur fulvus rufus, groups. In: Animal Behaviour 67, 2004. pp. 249-259.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Adaptive value of friendship and bonds in primates

  • Cooperation in unrelated animals

  • The cognitive basis of relationships

  • Intrasexual competition and sexual conflict

  • Hormone/behaviour interactions

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for the Leakey Foundation, Primate Conservation Inc., Christian Vogel Fund

  • Member of the Conservation Committee of the International Primatological Society

  • Member of the German Evolutionary Biology Consortium (VBIO)

  • Associate editor of ISRN ZOOLOGY, since 2010

  • Executive committee member, German Primatological Society, 2005 – 2009

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Dual career

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Three children


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