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Julia Andrea Kunz

Postdoctoral fellow
University of Montpellier

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I am an evolutionary biologist with a background in anthropology, (field) primatology and behavioural endocrinology. My research interests lie broadly in socio-ecology and sexual selection. Particularly, I aim to elucidate how male and female reproductive strategies interact and when their interests collide or align in both humans and nonhuman animals. I am particularly interested in comparative studies – not only across primates, but mammals in general.
I put high value on field research: I have been studying wild Bornean and Sumatran orang-utans (Masters, PhD), worked on wild Western lowland gorillas in the Congo basin, and will research wild Chacma baboons (current postdoc). My work is interdisciplinary, as I do not only use different approaches within the area of evolutionary biology but strive for collaboration with social sciences and conservation initiatives. I see the exchange between different research fields as enriching and crucial to develop hypotheses and advance our understanding of the evolution of human nature.

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Sexual conflict – Male-female relationships – Primates – Socio-ecology – Comparative approach