Prof. Dr. Barbara Klump

Affiliated Scientist
Max Planck Research Group Aplin
University of Vienna

Main Focus

I am a behavioural ecologist with a broad interest in animal cognition, social behaviour and acoustic communication and how they interact with each other. My research explores sources of variation in behaviour and – focusing on ecological drivers – I investigated decision-making processes, cost-mitigation strategies and tool-handling performance. In particular, I am interested in how a species’ ecology and social structure shape its natural behavioural repertoire.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute Animal Behavior, Radolfzell, Germany
  • 2016–2018: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, UK
  • 2012–2016: PhD in Biological Sciences, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, UK, Thesis: ’Sources of variation in the tool-use behaviour of two tropical island corvids’
  • 2010–2012: Scientific trainee and freelance educational worker, Department for Education and PR, State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2003–2009: Diplom-Biologin (~MSc) in Biological Sciences, Heidelberg University, Germany, including two years of study at Copenhagen University, Denmark

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