Friederike Hillemann

Friederike Hillemann


Name: Friederike Hillemann
Position: DPhil Student (NERC-funded DTP student)


I graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. in Behavioural Biology from University of Göttingen, Germany. During my Bachelor studies, I focused on primate social behaviour and gained fieldwork experience as a student assistant for the German Primate Centre, and for my Bachelor thesis I studied post-conflict behaviour and reconciliation in wild Barbary macaques in The Middle Atlas Mountains, Morocco.

After my Bachelor, I conducted an internship at the Konrad Lorenz Research Station, Austria, investigating impulse control and the ability to cope with delayed gratification in captive crows and ravens. My Master’s research mainly focused on animal vocal communication, particularly using crows as a model species. For my thesis, I used playback experiments to investigate behavioural responses to simulated territorial intrusion in a cooperatively breeding population of Carrion Crows in Northern Spain.

Research activities:

I joined the EGI as a NERC-funded DTP student in 2015. For my DPhil project, I will study inter-species interactions and information transfer; specifically I aim at investigating how social information use shapes heterospecific association pattern in mixed-species communities. The project is supervised by Damien Farine and Ben Sheldon.


Wascher, C.A.F., Hillemann, F., Canestrari, D., & Baglione, V. 2015.

Carrion crows learn to discriminate between calls of reliable and unreliable conspecifics. Animal Cognition, 18, 1181-1185.

Hillemann, F., Bugnyar, T. Kotrschal, K., & Wascher, C.A.F. 2014

Waiting for better, not for more: Corvids respond to quality in two delay maintenance tasks. Animal Behaviour, 90, 1-10.