Erica van de Waal - SNF Professor

Research interests

I am interested in the evolution of primate social behaviours with a main focus on cultural transmission and cognition. I am the Director of the Inkawu Vervet Project in South Africa, an experimental field site with a study population of over 200 wild vervet monkeys. For more information on my research, please visit the webpage of my group.

Short CV

  • "ERC Starting Grant" from the European research council for my project «KNOWLEDGE MOVES» 2021-present
  • SNSF Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland 2017-present
  • Director, the Inkawu Vervet Project, Mawana Game Reserve, South Africa 2015-present
  • Society in Science - Branco Weiss Fellow, University of Zurich, 2014-present
  • Scientific Coordinator, the Inkawu Vervet Project, Mawana Game Reserve, South Africa 2011-2015
  • Research Fellow, University of St Andrews, UK 2011-2015
  • PhD in Biology, University of Neuchâtel, in collaboration with ABEERU (Applied Behavioural Ecology and Ecosystem Research Unit) of University of South Africa and Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga Parks Board, South Africa 2010
  • Master degree of Science in Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland 2004
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