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Lena Bohn
Institut für Neuro- und Verhaltensbiologie
Abteilung für Verhaltensbiologie
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Badestraße 13, D-48149 Münster

Tel.: 0251/83 24783
Fax: 0251/83 23896
E-Mail: lena.bohn@uni-muenster.de




My scientific career started 2010 in Bern, Switzerland, when I enrolled as a Biology student at the University of Bern. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Barbara Taborsky, I did both my Bachelor's and Master's Thesis at the Institute of Behavioural Ecology, where I worked with the model Neolamprologus pulcher (a cooperatively breeding cichlid).

During my Bachelor studies, I evaluated how suited the commonly applied two-stimulus choice test is to test for mate preferences for N. pulcher. In my Master's I investigated how early life experiences, like group composition and predation pressure, are influencing an individual's dispersal decision and behaviours displayed towards a potential mate.


Current Research

In 2018, I moved to Münster to start my PhD, which is part of the of the NC³ collaborative research centre. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Helene Richter and Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, my project will focus on niche conformance and cognitive bias, using mice as model species.

Together with Marko Bračić, we aim to first identify factors that lead to a positive - or negative - cognitive bias in mice. Having identified optimistic and pessimistic individuals, I then want to explore how these individuals differ in other ways too, like anxiety levels, gene expression, and epigenetics; Or in general: how well they cope with their current environment, according to their cognitive bias.


Publication list

Fischer S, Bohn L, Oberhummer E, Nyman C, Taborsky B (2017) Divergence of developmental trajectories is triggered interactively by early social and ecological experience in a cooperative breeder. PNAS; published ahead of print October 6, 2017, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1705934114



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