Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Althanstraße 14
1090 Vienna
AUSTRIA

eMail: lena.pflueger@univie.ac.at
Phone: 0043-1-4277-54716
Fax: 0043-1-4277-9547

Dipl.-Biol. Dr. Lena Sophie Pflüger (MSc, PhD)


Short Curriculum Vitae



Positions


Since 2016 Board member of the Austrian Research Center for Primatology

Since 2015 Scientific director of the Affenberg Zoobetriebsgesellschaft mbh (Landskron, Austria)

2014-2016 Coordinator of the cooperation between the Dept. of Anthropology (University of Vienna) and the Genomics Core Facility, VetCore (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna)

2011-2014 Scientific assistant at the Cognitive Science Research Platform, University of Vienna. Project aims: Colour and Colour contrast in Comparative Primatology

Since 2014 Lecturer at the Dept. of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Since 2010 Lecturer at the Dept. of Behavioural Biology, University of Vienna


Project Collaboration


2011 Computerized determination of the facial metrics of older and younger adult faces. A wrinkle in time: The perceptions of expressions in elderly. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with the University of Vienna



Fields of Research


Human Ethology

Rating studies on female facial attractiveness and facial morphology (geometric morphometrics)

Fieldwork

Behavioural studies on social dominance, conflict behaviour and sexual attraction of semi-free ranging Japanese macaques (Affenberg Landskron, Carinthia, Austria)

Genetics

The influence of gene variants on the endocrine stress response and behaviour in Japanese macaques: Analyses of faecal DNA (quantification, genotyping and sequencing) and RNA (detection of transcript variants) in collaboration with the VetCore Facility, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

Endocrinology

Quantitavive measures (enzyme immunoassays) of cortisol, oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in saliva (humans) and faeces (monkeys) in collaboration with the Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria


Selected Grants & Awards


2010 Linda Mealey Award at the XX. Conference of the International Society of Human Ethology (ISHE) in Madison, WI, USA for outstanding new research in Human Ethology


Scientific Publications


Journal articles

Siart, B, Pflüger, LS, & Wallner, B. Pulling Rank: Military Rank Affects Hormone Levels and Fairness in an Allocation Experiment (2016). Frontiers in Psychology, 7:1750.

Pflüger, LS, Gutleb, DR, Hofer, M, Fieder, M, Wallner, B & Steinborn, R. Allelic variation of the COMT gene in a despotic primate society: A haplotype is related to cortisol excretion in Macaca fuscata (2016). Hormones and Behavior, 78:220-230.

Valuch, C, Pflüger, LS, Wallner, B, Laeng, B & Ansorge, U. Using eye tracking to test for individual differences in attention to attractive faces. Frontiers in Psychology (2015). 6:42. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00042

Abend, P, Pflüger, LS, Koppensteiner, M, Coquerelle, M & Grammer, K. The sound of female shape: a redundant signal of vocal and facial attractiveness (2015). Evolution and Human Behavior, 36:174-18.

Pflüger, LS, Valuch, C, Gutleb, DR, Ansorge, U & Wallner, B. Colour and contrast of female faces: Attraction of attention and its dependence on male hormone status in Macaca fuscata. Animal Behaviour (2014). 94:p.61-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.05.022

Gutleb, DR, Pflüger, LS & Wallner, B. Semi-freie und wilde Japanmakaken – eine Meta-Analyse. Carinthia II, Klagenfurt (2014). 204/124:433-442.

Pflüger, LS, Oberzaucher, E, Katina, ST, Holzleitner, IJ & Grammer, K . Cues to fertility: perceived attractiveness and facial shape predict reproductive success. Evolution and Human Behavior (2012). 33(6):p.708-714.DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2012.05.005

Book chapters

Grammer, K & Pflüger, LS (2015). Fluctuating Asymmetry. In: The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, edited by Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.

Peer-reviewed abstracts

Pflüger, LS, Valuch, C, Ansorge, U & Wallner, B. Colour as a cue of sexual attractiveness and attentional preferences in Japanese macaques. Perception, 41(S), 127. ECVP (2012).


Poster & Talks



Herzele, J, Kalcher-Sommersguter, E, Franz-Schaider, C, Gutleb, R, Steinborn, R, Wallner, B & Pflüger, LS (2016). Is conflict behaviour of male Japanese macaques associated with polymorphisms in FKBP5? Poster presented at the European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB) 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

Boeck, A, Pflüger, LS & Wallner, B (2016). Reproductive parameter of a semi-free ranging troop of Japanese macaques. Poster presented at the European Conference on Behavioural Biology (ECBB) 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

Pflüger, LS, Gutleb, DR, Hofer, M, Fieder, M, Wallner, B & Steinborn, R (2015). A COMT haplotype is associated with increased cortisol excretion in male Japanese macaques. Poster presented at the 14th Conference of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie (GFP) 2015 in Leipzig, Germany.

Gutleb, DR, Pflüger, LS, Hofer, M, Fieder, M, Wallner, B & Steinborn, R (2015). Methodological considerations for faecal DNA genotyping on the example of macaques. Poster presented at the 14th Conference of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie (GFP) 2015 in Leipzig, Germany.

Gutleb, DR, Pflüger, LS & Wallner, B (2014). Semi-free versus wild Japanese macaques – a meta-analysis. Poster presented at the International Conference on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals 2014 in Warsaw, Poland.

Pflüger, LS, Gutleb, DR, Fieder, M, Hofer, M, Wallner B & Steinborn, R (2014). The COMT gene in semi-free ranging Japanese macaques. Insights in gene-stress interactions. Talk presented at the Science Day, Faculty Centers of Ecology, Biodiversity and Organismic Systems Biology 2014 in Vienna, Austria.

Pflüger, LS, Valuch, C, Ansorge, U & Wallner, B (2012). Female facial colouration affects male attentional preferences in Japanese macaques. Poster presented at the International Society of Human Ethology (ISHE) conference 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

Pflüger, LS, Valuch, C, Ansorge, U & Wallner, B (2012). Colour as a cue of sexual attractiveness and attentional preferences in Japanese Macaques. Poster presented at the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP) 2012 in Alghero, Italy.

Valuch, C, Pflüger, LS, Wallner, B & Ansorge, U (2012). Linger on … your pale blue eyes: measuring facial attractiveness objectively. Poster presented at the XXI Biennal Conference on Human Ethology 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

Heise, N, Valuch, C, Pflüger, LS, Ansorge, U, Wallner, B & Huber, L (2012). Towards an understanding of the universal principles of cognition in men and animals. Poster presented at the XXI Biennal Conference on Human Ethology 2012 in Vienna, Austria.

Pflüger, LS, Oberzaucher, E, Katina S, Holzleitner IJ & Grammer, K (2011). Are attractive women more fertile? Evidence from a rural sample. Poster presented at the sixth European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association (EHBEA) Conference 2011 in Gießen, Germany

Holzleitner, IJ, Oberzaucher, E, Pflüger, LS & Grammer, K (2011). Matching Pairs (II). Perceived and anthropometric (dis-)similarity in a rural sample of long-term mates. Poster presented at the sixth EHBEA Conference 2011 in Gießen, Germany, at the fifth annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) 2011 in Binghamton, NY, USA and at the 23rd annual meeting of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES) 2011 in Montpellier, France.

Pflüger, LS, Oberzaucher, E, Katina S, Holzleitner IJ & Grammer, K (2010). Are attractive women more fertile? Evidence of a rural sample. Talk presented at the International Society of Human Ethology (ISHE) conference 2010 in Madison, WI, USA. Linda Mealey award for outstanding new research in Human Ethology.

Holzleitner, IJ, Oberzaucher, E, Grammer, K & Pflüger, LS (2010). Matching Pairs (I). Facial similarity in a rural sample of long-term mates. Poster presented at the fourth annual meeting of the NorthEastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) 2010 in New Paltz, NY, USA.

Schmehl, S, Holzleitner, IJ, Oberzaucher, E, Grammer, K, Alscher, W, Pflüger, LS, Steinkopf, L & Alteheld, L (2008). The signal quality of head movements. Poster presented at the International Society of Human Ethology (ISHE) conference 2008 in Bologna, Italy and at the Interdisziplinäres Kolleg (IK) in Günne, Germany.


Education


2009 Master of Science at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
2008 ERASMUS semester at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden with major in genetics and cell biology
2007 Internship (project aims: nonverbal communication in human mate choice); Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Urban Ethology, Vienna, Austria
2006 Internship (project aims: food dependent behaviour in gray geese); Konrad Lorenz Research Station, Grünau, Austria
2004-2009 Studies in General Biology with a major in Zoology; University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
2002 A-levels; Helene-Lange-Gymnasium, Markröningen, Germany

Teaching


Since 2014 Lecture and exercise on behavior observations and behavioral genetics using the example of Japanese macaques; Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Since 2010 Lecture and exercise on the observation of human risk behavior; Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Vienna