Simone Pika has spent over a decade studying the diversity of animals' communicative systems and underlying cognitive mechanisms in captive and natural settings with a special focus on primates and corvids. Recently, she extended this research avenue to include artifical intelligence, multi-modal communication, phenomena of convergent evolution and turn-taking.
Dorothee Möllmann works since August 2019 as personal assistant to Simone Pika in the Comparative BioCognition Group.
contact: Phone: +49 (0) 541 969-3133
office hours: Tuesday/Thursday: 09:00 - 16:00 o'clock;
Friday: by appointment
Silvia La Gala
Silvia La Gala started her PhD in 2019 in the Comparative BioCognition Group. She has several years of field experience with different taxa and studies the development of turn-taking skills and the impact of social factors in wild bonobos living in the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, DRC.
Bas van Boekholt
Bas van Boekholt started his PhD in 2020 in the CBC Group. He did his masters at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and has studied the flexibility of vocal communication in vervet monkeys in South Africa and reconciliation in long-tailed macaques. His PhD will focus on the development of turn-taking and social skills of chimpanzees living in the Ngogo community, Kibale National Park, Uganda.
Charlotte Bright began her PhD in 2020 in the Comparative BioCognition Group. She has spent the past few years working at various field research sites, most recently working with yellow and chacma baboons. Her PhD project looks at the turn-taking communicative behaviours of geladas in the Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.