Early Stage Researchers (ESRs)

Klara Grethen (ESR 12)

Project 12: Individual variation of laying hen movement and location patterns within a commercial aviary
Locations: University of Bern with secondments at Open University of Israel & Hendrix Genetics

About Klara: During her BSc studies of Cognitive Science at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, Klara discovered her passion for avian behaviour. Following her graduation in 2017, she joined the master's programme of the Neural and Behavioural Sciences at the Graduate Training Centre of Neuroscience in Tuebingen. Over the course of the programme, her roles included an internship in the laboratory of Professor Dr Frank Schaeffel's laboratory examining contrast sensitivity in chickens and an assistantship in Professor Dr Volker Franz Experimental Cognitive Science laboratory focusing on computational neurosciences.  For her MSc thesis, she assessed negotiation strategies of ravens when dealing with inequity in a cooperation task, at the Cognitive Biology Department of the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Dr Thomas Bugnyar.  She began her PhD at the University of Bern in the Fall of 2019 under Dr Mike Toscano with a focus how movement patterns of individual laying hens in large groups relates to animal health and welfare.