Bernhard Fink, PhD (Dr. rer. nat.)

Member of the Schaefer Lab: Human Behavior

Current Research Focus

Cross-cultural perception of human faces, bodies, and body movements (w/ K Schaefer/S Windhager/M Butovskaya), Digit Ratio (2D:4D) and symmetry in humans (w/ JT Manning/R Trivers), the role of skin and hair in social perception (w/ P Matts/R Voegeli), correlates of human ejaculate quality (w/ TK Shackelford).

Academic Biography

  • Affiliate
    Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria), since 7/2020
  • Owner/CEO
    Biosocial Science Information, Biedermannsdorf (Austria), since 3/2019
  • Guest Scientist
    Department of Behavioral Ecology, University of Göttingen (Germany), 2018-2020
  • Research Fellow, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK), Institute for Advanced Study (Germany), 2018-2019
  • Heisenberg Fellow, German Science Foundation (DFG)
    Institute of Psychology and Courant Research Center ‘Evolution of Social Behavior’, University of Göttingen (Germany), 2013-2018
  • Emmy Noether Research Group, German Science Foundation (DFG)
    Department of Sociobiology/Anthropology, Institute of Zoology & Anthropology and Courant Research Center ‘Evolution of Social Behavior’, University of Göttingen (Germany), 2008-2013
  • Scientist (Post-Doc)
    Department of Sociobiology/Anthropology, Institute for Zoology & Anthropology, University of Göttingen (Germany), 2005-2007
  • Scientist (Post-Doc)
    Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institute for Urban Ethology, c/o Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria), 2002-2005
  • PhD (Natural Sciences), Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna (Austria), 2003


Funding and Awards

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Heisenberg Programm
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Emmy Noether Programm
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, International Cooperation
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Project Grant
  • Leibniz ScienceCampus Primate Cognition, Project/Travel Grants
  • Stiftungsrat der Universität Göttingen, Award
  • Courant Research Centre Evolution of Social Behavior
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Travel Grant
  • The Procter & Gamble Company, Project Grant
  • Österreichische Nationalbank, Jubiläumsfonds
  • Theodor Körner Fonds for Science & Art, Award
  • Zdenek Klein Award, Charles University, Prague
  • State of Lower Austria, Award
  • Universität Wien, Scholarship

Professional Affiliations

  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES)
  • Polish Society for Human and Evolution Studies (PTNCE)

Professional Service

  • Co-Editor: Evolutionary Psychology
  • Associate Editor: Early Human Development
  • Council Member at Large (2016-2021), Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES)
  • I have refereed grant applications for the NSF (National Science Foundation), DFG (German Science Foundation), ERC (European Research Council), BBSRC (Biological Sciences Research Council, ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council), The Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), and the Czech Science Foundation.
  • In addition, I have served as ad-hoc reviewer to ~1,000 articles for various journals and have been an editorial board member with some of them.


  • I have taught courses, alone and together with colleagues, at the Universities of Vienna and Goettingen. These include lectures, seminars, and practical courses in evolutionary anthropology, human ethology, and psychology.
  • Moreover, I have supervised students on the completion of their PhD, MSc, and BSc in biology.