Marlene Sroka (*1990 in Herne) started her studies of Biosciences at Münster University in 2011. Within the following master’s programme, she performed a research internship under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Jens Krause (Leibniz-Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries), in which she investigated collective behaviour in guppies and bird predation on a field trip in Mexico. In 2017 she obtained her masters’ degree at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at Münster University with a thesis titled “Linking personality, parasite-induced behavioural manipulations and immunity in two populations of three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)” under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz. After that, Marlene worked as environmental educator and investigated acoustic communication in wild seals under the supervision of Dr. Andrea Ravignani in the Netherlands. In june 2020 she joined the Department of Behavioural Biology at Münster University to begin her dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Helene Richter titled „The development of individuality and its consequences for animal welfare and quality of life“. Her project is within the DFG-funded RTG „Evolutionary Processes in Adaptation and Disease "(EvoPAD).

 

Publications

Varola, M; Verga, L; Sroka, MGU; Villanueva, S; Charrier, I; Ravignani, A (2021): Can harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) discriminate familiar conspecific calls after long periods of separation? PeerJ 9: e12431.

Peuß, R; Wensing, KU; Woestmann, L; Eggert, H; Milutinović, B; Sroka, MGU; Scharsack, JP; Kurtz, J; Armitage, SAO (2016): Down syndrome cell adhesion molecule 1: testing for a role in insect immunity, behaviour and reproduction. Royal Society open science 3: 160138.