Barbara Koenig

Research Interests

Animal behaviour; social evolution; social behaviour; social selection; energetics and immunology of lactation; kin recognition; conservation biology; animal welfare of lab and zoo animals


Education and Professional Positions

2015 - 2019 Secretary General, International Council of Ethology (ICE)
2012 - 2016 Managing Director, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2012 - present Full Professor in Zoology, Animal Behaviour, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2003 - 2004 President of the German Zoological Society (DZG e.V.)
1996 - 2012 Associate Professor in Zoology, Animal Behavior, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1996 Visiting Scientist at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, India
1996 Heisenberg Fellow of the German Science Foundation, Germany
1995 - 1996 Oberassistentin in Zoology, University of Würzburg, Germany
1995 Habilitation in Zoology at the University of Würzburg, Germany
1989 - 1995 Research assistant at the University of Würzburg, Germany (K.E. Linsenmair)
1988 - 1989 Free-lance translator of scientific textbooks
1985 - 1988 Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Basel, Switzerland (S.C. Stearns)
1981 - 1985 Ph.D. Thesis (summa cum laude), University of Konstanz, Germany (Supervisor: H. Markl)
1980 - 1981 Graduate research student at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (J.M. Cullen)
1974 - 1979 Study of biology (Diploma), University Konstanz, Germany

Selected Publications

  • Evans JC., Lindholm AK., König B. (2020). Long-term overlap of social and genetic structure in free-ranging house mice reveals dynamic seasonal and group size effects. Current Zoology. Published online: 18 June 2020. DOI: 10.1093/cz/zoaa030
  • Ferrari M., Lindholm AK., König B. (2019). Fitness Consequences of Female Alternative Reproductive Tactics in House Mice (Mus musculus domesticus). American Naturalist, 193(1):106-124. DOI: 10.1086/700567
  • Carlitz EHD., Runge J-N., König B., Winkler L., Kirschbaum C., Gao W., Lindholm AK. (2019). Steroid hormones in hair reveal sexual maturity and competition in wild house mice (Mus musculus domesticus). Scientific Reports, 9:16925. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-53362-4
  • Harrison N., Lindholm AK., Dobay A., Halloran O., Manser A., König B. (2018). Female nursing partner choice in a population of wild house mice (Mus musculus domesticus). Frontiers in Zoology, 15:4. DOI: 10.1186/s12983-018-0251-3
  • Lopes PC., Block P., König B. (2016). Infection-induced behavioural changes reduce connectivity and the potential for disease spread in wild mice contact networks. Scientific Reports, 6:31790. DOI: 10.1038/srep31790