• The University of Western Australia (M309), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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I completed my PhD degree in biological anthropology in 2009 at the University of Zurich/Switzerland, which was supervised by Prof. Carel van Schaik. My research was aimed at understanding the evolutionary determinants of multilevel societies in primates and included 20 months of observations on wild snub-nosed monkeys in China, complemented with comparative cross-species analyses. Subsequently I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/Germany and conducted a field study on the feeding ecology and feeding competition in mountain gorillas in Rwanda between 2009 and 2010 in collaboration with the Karisoke Research Center.

Funding overview

Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2009)
National Science Foundation of China Research Fund for International Young Scientists (2011)
UWA Research Collaboration Award (2016)

Current projects

Social network of multilevel societies in golden snub-nosed monkeys

Evolution of meta-group social organization in primates/humans

Causes and consequences on intergroup conflict in mountain gorillas

Determinants of super-group formation in colobus monkeys in Rwanda

Behavioral ecology of a montane population of chimpanzees in Nyungwe National Park (Rwanda)

Teaching overview

ANHB 1101 Human Biology - Becoming Human (Lecturer)
ANHB 3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology (Lecturer)
ANHB 3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation (Coordinator, lecturer, tutor)
ANHB 3320 Human Biology: Applications & Investigations II


My primary research interests lie at the interface of behavioral ecology and evolutionary anthropology and include the evolution of primate/human sociality and the mechanisms underlying social cohesion. My particular interests revolve around the evolution of meta-group social organization which describes cases in which individuals of different social units interact and collaborate to varying degrees. I am currently involved in ongoing field research projects on snub-nosed monkeys in China as well as mountain gorillas and colobus monkeys in Rwanda.


  • Primatology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Socioecology
  • Social behaviour
  • Social organisation
  • Comparative analyses

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Projects 2016 2016

Research Output 2008 2019

Gorilla gorilla
Infant Behavior

Factors influencing individual participation during intergroup interactions in mountain gorillas

Mirville, M. O., Ridley, A. R., Samedi, J. P. M., Vecellio, V., Ndagijimana, F., Stoinski, T. S. & Grueter, C. C., 1 Oct 2018, In : Animal Behaviour. 144, p. 75-86 12 p.

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affiliative behavior

Going to extremes for sodium acquisition: use of community land and high-altitude areas by mountain gorillas Gorilla beringei in Rwanda

Grueter, C. C., Wright, E., Abavandimwe, D., Ortmann, S., Mudakikwa, A., Musana, A., Uwingeli, P., Ndagijimana, F., Vecellio, V., Stoinski, T. S. & Robbins, M. M., 1 Sep 2018, In : Biotropica. 50, 5, p. 826–834 1 p.

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Low familiarity and similar ‘group strength’ between opponents increase the intensity of intergroup interactions in mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Mirville, M. O., Ridley, A. R., Samedi, J. P. M., Vecellio, V., Ndagijimana, F., Stoinski, T. S. & Grueter, C. C., 1 Nov 2018, In : Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 72, 11, 178.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gorilla beringei
Gorilla gorilla

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New research warns of primate extinction in China

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Which Perth suburbs passed the kindness test?

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Mountain Gorillas Become Playful After Gorging on Bamboo Shoots

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Same-sex animal kingdom as female gorillas turn homosexual

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