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Herr Dr. Peter Korsten

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Curriculum Vitae

Scientific Positions

  • Assistant Professor and group leader (non-tenured; AkadR a. Z.), Bielefeld University (from 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2011-2014)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, University of Antwerp, Belgium (2010-2011)
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow, The University of Edinburgh, UK (2008-2010)
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Guest Researcher, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (2007)
  • Visiting Research Fellow (Oct-Dec), Australian National University, Australia (2006)

Education

  • PhD in Mathematics and the Natural Sciences (Dec 2006), University of Groningen
  • MSc in Biology (Nov 1998; with distinction), University of Groningen

Aktuelle Forschungsthemen

Research background and aims

I am a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist with a strong interest in genetics, mostly using wild bird and mammal populations as model systems. I study individual variation in social behaviour from an eco-evolutionary perspective, with a particular focus on aggression, mate choice, parental care, and cooperation and conflict within the family. In my research, I combine diverse methods, ranging from behavioural observations and field experiments to using individual-based long-term population and pedigree data for quantitative genetic analyses. Ultimately, my research aims at understanding the eco-evolutionary causes and consequences of individual variation in behaviour and fitness.

Vosbergen Blue Tit project

As part of my PhD studies at the University of Groningen, I initiated an individual-based population study on wild blue tits breeding in nestboxes at the Vosbergen estate in the north of the Netherlands. This long-term population study, in collaboration with Jan Komdeur (University of Groningen), has been running since 2001 until to date.

Present postdoctoral researchers

  • Dr. Irene Godoy, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, project: 'Maternal, genetic, and demographic influences on sociality in capuchin monkeys' (2020-2022)

Present PhD students

  • Stephen Salazar, DAAD PhD Scholarship, project: 'Understanding the evolution of among-individual variation in aggressiveness in blue tits' (2017-2021)
  • Navina Lilie, DFG-funded PhD project: 'Male social niche conformance: a trade-off between extra-pair mating and paternal care in zebra finches?' (2018-2021)

Research opportunities

If you'd be interested in joining our research (BSc, MSc, PhD or postdoc projects) please contact me.

Google Scholar

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=sVTxhL0AAAAJ&hl=descholar.google.com/citations?user=sVTxhL0AAAAJ&hl=de

ResearchGate

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Peter-Korsten

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