Anna Holzner


Education and Scientific Career


Since 2021
Post-doc in the Research Group of Behavioural Ecology of Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig, Institute of Biology, University of Leipzig, Germany
Topic: Towards greener oil palm plantations – a cost-benefit approach for wildlife and farmers

PhD at University of Leipzig, Germany
Topic: The role and behaviour of southern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina) in oil palm plantations
Supervision: Prof. Dr. Anja Widdig

Field Research Assistant, University of Lethbridge, Bali, Indonesia
Supervision: Dr. Jean-Baptiste Leca

Field Research Assistant in Macaca Nemestrina Project, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Supervision: Dr. Nadine Ruppert

Master of Science in Biology (Applied Ethology and Animal Biology), Linköping University, Sweden

Bachelor of Science in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich, Germany



Holzner A, Rayan DM, Moore J, Tan CKW, Clart L, Kulik L, Kühl H, Ruppert N, Widdig A. (2021). Occupancy of wild southern pig-tailed macaques in intact and degraded forests in Peninsular Malaysia. PeerJ 9:e12462.

Holzner A, Balasubramaniam KN, Weiß BM, Ruppert N, Widdig A. (2021). Oil palm cultivation critically affects sociality in a threatened Malaysian primate. Scientific Reports 11:10353.

Brotcorne F, Holzner A, Jorge-Sales L, Gunst N, Hambuckers A, Wandia IN, Leca JB. (2020). Social influence on the expression of robbing and bartering behaviours in Balinese long-tailed macaques. Animal Cognition 23:311-326.

Ruppert N, Holzner A, Widdig A. (2020). Of pig-tails and palm oil: How rat-eating macaques increase oil palm sustainability. The Science Breaker 6(2).

Holzner A, Ruppert N, Swat F, Schmidt M, Weiß BM, Villa, G., Mansor A, Mohd Sah SA, Engelhardt A, Kühl H, Widdig A. (2019). Macaques can contribute to greener practices in oil palm plantations when used as biological pest control. Current Biology 29:R1066-R1067.

Ruppert N, Holzner A, See KW, Gisbrecht A, Beck A. (2018). Activity budgets and habitat use of wild southern pig-tailed macaques (Macaca nemestrina) in oil palm plantation and forest. International Journal of Primatology 39:237-251.

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University of Leipzig
Institute of Biology
Talstraße 33
04103 Leipzig

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Leipzig University

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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