Head of the Research Group

Prof. Dr. Wulf Schiefenhövel

Phone:+49 8157 932-354Fax:+49 8157 932-344
Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie Eberhard-Gwinner-Strasse 82319 Seewiesen Germany

Human Ethology Group

1. Main areas of scientific work

1.1 Crosscultural human ethology; evolutionary medicine;
social and evolutionary anthropology of Papuan and Austronesian Cultures; medical psychology; ethnomedicine; evolutionary psychiatry; human ethological and anthropological film documentation

Topics:

- Evolutionary aspects of human birth, post partum period and early infancy;
nonverbal communication; aggression and aggression control; nutritional anthropology; sexual and reproductive behaviour

- History of early Austronesian migration to theWest-Pacific, (interdisciplinary project including DNA research)

1.2 Political Ethology (Dr. Frank Salter)

1.3 The Munich Postpartum Study (with Gerhard Dammann, Univ. Basel)

2. Personnel structure

- Prof. Dr. Wulf Schiefenhoevel
- Ms Sabine Eggebrecht, secretary
- Dr. Frank Salter
- Dr. Margret Schleidt

External members:
- Dr. Gerhard Medicus
- Dr. Carmen Strungaru

- postgraduate students of Munich and Innsbruck Universities and Eramus - Sokrates students of Bucharest University

3. Cooperation with Research Institutions in Germany

- Human Science Centre, Univ. Munich, cp. publ. Nr. 270

- Technical University Munich and University of Basel, Dr. Gerhard Dammann, joint research project "The Munich Postpartum Project" cp. publ. no. 218, 246, 249, 269

- Inst. of Forensic Medicine Humboldt University Berlin (Priv.-Doz. Dr. LutzRoewer & Dr. Marion Nagy) and

- MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Prof. Dr. Mark Stoneking & Prof. Manfred Kayser, Institute of Forensic Molecular Biology, University of Rotterdam), cp. publ. no. 215, 240, 255, 256, 258

- Univ. Clinic for Psychiatry, Univ. of Bochum (Priv. Doz. Dr. Martin Brüne), cp. publ. no. 217, 257

- Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Delmenhorst (Advisor of the Rector for the project "Human Universals", cp. conferences organised)

4. Cooperation with Research Institutions in other countries

- Univ. of Innsbruck, Institute of Psychology (guest professor for human ethology since 1990)

- Univ. of Groningen, Inst. of Behavioural Biology (Dr. Ton Groothuis), guest lecturer for human ethology since 1997

- Miami Univ., Oxford, Ohio (Prof. Dr. Linda Marchant)

- Univ. of Bucharest, Fac. of Biology (Dr. Carmen Strungaru), cp. publ. no. 225, 245, 254, 266, vide also "exchange students"

- Anthropological Commission (Dr. Christiana Glavce), Romanian Academy of Sciences (External Member)

- Univ. of Debrecen, Inst. of Behaviour Sciences (Prof. Dr. Peter Molnar), cooperation also in a project for the Hungarian Health Ministry (video and book materials on evolutionary biology and medicine for Hungarian schools)

- University of Cambridge, England, Institute of Anthropology (Prof. Dr. William C. McGrew)

 5. Present Teaching

- Medical Psychology, and ethomedicine Univ. Munich (since 1979) -Supervision of doctoral students (vide below)

- Culture and Disease, Univ. Munich (since 1994)

- Univ. Innsbruck, Institute of Psychology, (guest professor for human ethology since 1990) - Supervision of diploma and doctoral students (vide below)

- University of Bucarest, Faculty of Biology (guestlecturer for human ethology since 1992)

- Univ. Groningen, Inst. of Behavioural Biology (guestlecturer for human ethology since 1997)

 
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