togog: Christel Schneider









Subprojects P2, P5c




Christel Schneider:

Christel Schneider graduated with a degree in biology from the University of Bielefeld in 2005. She then went on to conduct and complete her diploma thesis at the Wolfgang Koehler Primate Research Centre in Leipzig. This project (supervised by Prof. Dr. Roland Sossinka, Bielefeld & Prof. Dr. Michael Tomasello, Leipzig) was entitled: Does visual perspective taking improve the performance of great apes in an object-choice task? From 2004 - 2006 Christel worked as a scientific assistant in the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.

Since 2006 she has been working as a research assistant and PhD student in the ‘Towards a Grammar of Gesture’ project. She is working within the primatology sub-project. In her first year of the project, she collected observational data on the development of nonhuman great ape infants in six different European zoos. She has since gone on to spent one year as a doctoral researcher at the University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom). Currently, Christel is an associate researcher in the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology at the Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Research interests:

The acquisition of gestural communication in nonhuman great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans).

Related oral and poster presentations:

Schneider, C. (2009). ‘The ontogeny of gestural communication in great apes’  . Poster presentation at the 11th meeting of the Gesellschaft fuer Primatologie, GfP, Hannover (Germany).

Schneider, C. (2007). ‘Sozialverhalten und soziale Kommunikation von Menschenaffen’. Guest lecture for teachers and students of the Eifelgymnasium Neuerburg, Allwetterzoo Muenster, Muenster (Germany).

PhD project:

Schneider, C. (in prep.) The ontogeny of gestural communication in great apes.