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

  • 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
  • Ferrari M., Lindholm AK., König B. (2016). A reduced propensity to cooperate under enhanced exploitation risk in a social mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 283(1830):20160068. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0068
  • König B., Lindholm AK., Lopes PC., Dobay A., Steinert S., Buschmann FJ-U. (2015). A system for automatic recording of social behavior in a free-living wild house mouse population. Animal Biotelemetry, 3(1):39. DOI: 10.1186/s40317-015-0069-0
  • Lindholm AK., Musolf K., Weidt A., König B. (2013). Mate choice for genetic compatibility in the house mouse. Ecology and Evolution, 3(5):1231-1247. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.534
  • Manser A., Lindholm AK., König B., Bagheri HC. (2011). Polyandry and the decrease of a selfish genetic element in a wild house mouse population. Evolution, 65(9): 2435-2447. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01336.x