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Curriculum vitae


  • Heisenberg Fellow: German Science Foundation (DFG), Institute of Psychology and Courant Research Center ‘Evolution of Social Behavior’, University of Göttingen (Germany), since 4/2013
  • Emmy Noether Research Group ‘Evolutionary Psychology of Human Physical Appearance and Body Movement’, Department of Sociobiology/Anthropology, Institute of Zoology & Anthropology and Courant Research Center ‘Evolution of Social Behavior’, University of Göttingen (Germany), 2008-2013
  • Scientist (Post-Doc): Department for Sociobiology/Anthropology, Institute for Zoology & Anthropology, University of Göttingen (Germany), 2005-2007
  • Scientist (Post-Doc): Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Urban Ethology, c/o Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria), 2002-2005
  • PhD Thesis: Second to Fourth Digit Ratio in Relation to Face and Body Shape, University of Vienna (Austria), Department of Anthropology, 2003
  • Diploma Thesis: Skin Surface and Female Facial Beauty: The Influence of Skin Texture on the Attractiveness of Female Faces, University of Vienna (Austria), Department of Anthropology, 2001
  • Studies in Anthropology and Psychology, University of Vienna (Austria), 1991-2001
  • born 4.7.1973 in Mödling (Austria)


Some publications can also be downloaded at ResearchGate.

Funding and awards

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Heisenberg Programm, EUR 166.000
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Emmy Noether Programm, EUR 840.000
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, International Cooperation, EUR 3.120
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, International Cooperation, EUR 6.140
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Project Grant, EUR 96.000
  • Stiftungsrat der Universität Göttingen, EUR 2.500
  • Courant Research Centre Evolution of Social Behavior, EUR 32.000
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Travel Grant, EUR 1.950
  • The Procter & Gamble Company, US$ 18.000
  • Österreichische Nationalbank, Jubiläumsfonds, EUR 22.000
  • Theodor Körner Fonds for Science & Art, EUR 2.100
  • Universität Wien, Scholarship, EUR 12.400

Professional affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGPs)
  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE)
  • Society of Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Professional service

  • Co-Editor: Evolutionary Psychology (since 2012)
  • Associate Editor: Personality & individual Differences (since 2008)
  • Academic Editor: PLOS ONE (2013-2015)
  • Editorial Board: Evolutionary Psychological Science (since 2014), International Journal of Cosmetic Science (since 2009)

Ad-hoc referee: I have been acting as referee to some 600 manuscripts within the past 17 years. This activity was once or repeatedly for the following journals:

American Journal of Human Biology, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Animal Behavior, Annals of Human Biology, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, Behavioral Ecology, Biological Psychology, Biology Letters, Brain & Cognition, British Journal of Psychology, Clinical Anatomy, Collegium Anthropologicum, Current Anthropology, European Journal of Social Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Evolution & Human Behavior, Hormones and Behavior, Human Nature, Human Reproduction, International Journal of Cosmetic Science, International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology & Medicine, International Journal of Primatology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Journal of Comparative Psychology, Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Individual Differences, Journal of Research in Personality, Journal of Sex Research, Laterality, Journal of European Academy of Dermatology Venereology, Neuroendocrinology Letters, Neuropsychologia, Perception, Perceptual & Motor Skills, Personality & Individual Differences, Physiology and Behavior, PloS ONE, Psychoneuroendocrinology, Psychophysiology, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, Przeglad Antropologiczny – Anthropological Review, Psychological Science, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, The Anatomical Record, The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research

Funding bodies: NSF (National Science Foundation), DFG (German Science Foundation), ERC (European Research Council), BBSRC (Biological Sciences Research Council, ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council)