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Melissa Vanderheyden, M.Sc.

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Vergleichende Verhaltensforschung
AG Domestikation

Dörfles 48
2115 Ernstbrunn





I am interested in the social behaviour of non-human animals and how both natural and anthropogenic factors influence this. During my PhD project, I am studying how seasonal fluctuations in food availability and the monopolizeability of food sources influence social behaviour and its development in free-ranging dogs in Morocco. Additionally, I am passionate about human-wildlife coexistence and science communication.


Curriculum vitae

2023 – present: PhD student at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

2022 – 2023: Research assistant at the Justus Liebig University of Gießen (Germany)
2020 – 2021: MSc Conservation Behaviour at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland)

2016 – 2021: Freelance science journalist
2010 – 2015: BSc & MSc Biology, Evolution and Behaviour, at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the University of Oklahoma (USA)