Shaping of Animal Personalities during Adolescence.
In male domestic guinea pigs, the housing conditions during adolescence (pairwise with a female or in a mixed-sex colony) result in marked differences regarding aggression as well as courtship and sexual behaviour. The dissertation project aims at understanding whether these behavioural profiles are part of overall animal personalities that can be modified environmentally during adolescence and that are stable contextually as well as temporally into adulthood.
Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser (Supervisor)
Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser
Prof. Dr. Volker Arolt
Zipser B, Schleking A, Kaiser S, Sachser N (2014) Effects of domestication on biobehavioural profiles: a comparison of domestic guinea pigs and wild cavies from early to late adolescence. Front Zool 11:30. doi:10.1186/1742-9994-11-30.
Zipser, B; Kaiser, S; Sachser, N (2013): Dimensions of Animal Personalities in Guinea Pigs. Ethology. (doi: 10.1111/eth.12140). Web
Richter, SH; Garner, JP; Zipser, B; Lewejohann, L; Sachser, N; Touma, C; Chourbaji, S; Brandwein, C; Gass, P; van Stipdonk, N; Spruijt, B; Voikar, V; Wolfer, DP; Würbel, H (2011): Effect of Population Heterogenization on the Reproducibility of Mouse Behavior: A Multi-Laboratory Study. PLoS One 6: e16461. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016461). Web
Lewejohann, L; Zipser, B; Sachser, N (2011): "Personality" in laboratory mice used for biomedical research: a way of understanding variability? Developmental Psychobiology 53: 631-640.
|2009||DZG Annual Meeting, Regensburg (poster presentation)|
|2010||ECBB, Ferrara (poster presentation)|
|*1983||in Freiburg i. Br., Germany|
|2001/2002||Participation in the ethological class of the Freiburg-Seminar for Mathematics and Natural Sciences; Investigations about the cognitive abilities of domesticated animals (cats and dogs). (Supervisor: Dr. Immanuel Birmelin)|
|2003–2009||Studies in Biology, University of Münster.|
|2006||Bachelor's thesis, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Münster, Title: Characterisation and comparison of two inbred strains of mice in five tests on anxiety-like behaviour. (Supervisor Prof. Dr. N.Sachser)|
|2009||Master's thesis, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Münster, Title: "Maternal effects on dominance status and endocrinology of female domestic guinea pigs in dyadic interactions" (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. N. Sachser)|
|2009||Beginning of PhD research projekt, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Münster|