Hanna Bensch

Hanna Bensch

Researcher
Department of Biology and Environmental Science Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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Research

I am interested in animal ecology, more specifically costs, benefits and consequences of group living.

The study animal of my PhD projects is a social mammal, the Damaraland mole-rat (Fukomys damarensis) in the Kalahari Desert. The study population I work on is part of a long-term study population, and by using mark-recapture data from this population I investigate what factors explain growth, reproductive success and survival of individuals in this population. In another part of my PhD work, I took advantage of the data from the long-term population and combine it with fecal sampling to study gut microbiome composition of a wild social mammal.

Publications

Article in journal (Refereed)

Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)