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Senior research fellow, University of Zurich

I am a behavioural ecologist studying the evolution of social behaviour. My research is on great ape social behaviour with a particular focus on mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas. I use long-term data to investigate gorilla society, modelling relationships within and between gorilla groups, dispersal and movement patterns, and life history processes.

I am an Ambizione Research Fellow and Group Leader in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Zurich and an Affiliate Scientist at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund‘s Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda. I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge and conducted field work at Mbeli Bai, Nouabale-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo and Ngaga Research Site, Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo.


  • 2023–present
    Senior research fellow, University of Zurich
  • 2019–2023
    Postdoctoral fellow, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund
  • 2019–2023
    Postdoctoral fellow in Animal Behavior, University of Exeter


  • 2019 
    University of Cambridge, PhD
  • 2014 
    University of Edinburgh, BSc (Hons)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2022
    Ambizione Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Swiss National Science Foundation