Dr. agr. Christian Nawroth

Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Working group Animal Behaviour & Welfare
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

I am interested in how animals perceive and interact with their physical and social environment. In particular, my research focuses on the cognitive capacities of farm (goats, horses, pigs, sheep) and zoo animals (great apes, penguins) and how this knowledge can ultimately be used to improve their management conditions and human-animal interactions.

  • Animal Cognition
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Animal Welfare Science
  • Animal Ethics

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017-present: Post Doc, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2015-2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen Mary University London
  • 2010-2015: Doctoral student, Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg; Doctoral thesis 'Farm Animal Cognition - Physico- and Socio-cognitive Capabilities of Ungulate Livestock.'
  • 2009: Diploma in Biology, University of Würzburg


Baciadonna, L.; Castellano Bueno, J.; Elliott, V.; Nawroth, C. (2024):
Welfare impacts cognition: Taking individual welfare into account in comparative cognition research.
Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews 19: 3-7
Alessandroni, N.; Altschul, D.; Bazhydai, M.; Byers-Heinlein, K.; Elsherif, M.; Gjoneska, B.; Huber, L.; Mazza, V.; Miller, R.; Nawroth, C.; Pronizius, E.; Qadri, M. A. J.; Šlipogor, V.; Soderstrom, M.; Stevens, J. R.; Visser, I.; Williams, M.; Zettersten, M.; Prétôt, L. (2024):
Comparative Cognition Needs Big Team Science: How Large-Scale Collaborations Will Unlock the Future of the Field.
Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews 19: 67-72
Wilson, V. A. D.; Bethell, E. J.; Nawroth, C. (2023):
Editorial: Using gaze to study social knowledge: current challenges and future directions. Front Psychol 14: 1225626, 1-2
Wilson, V.A.D.; Bethell, E.; Nawroth, C. (2023):
The use of gaze to study cognition: limitations, solutions, and applications to animal welfare. Front Psychol 14: 1147278, 1-10
Tajanor, K.; Gonzalez-Ronquillo, M.; Relling, A.; Nordquist, R. E.; Nawroth, C.; Vargas-Bello-Perez, E. (2023):
Toward assessing the role of dietary fatty acids in lamb's neurological and cognitive development. Front Vet Sci 10: 1081141, 1-11
Langbein, J.; Nawroth, C. (2023):
Captive aninmal behavior: Individual differences in learning and cognition and implications on animal welfare Frontiers Media SA, Lausanne (978-2-83251-080-3): 1-105
Pahl, A.; Rault, J.; Nawroth, C.; McGetrick, J.; Langbein, J. (2022):
Zwergziegen (Capra hircus) zeigen nicht-egoistisches Verhalten in einem neuartigen Fütterungsparadigma. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2022 (Kuratorium für Technik und Bauwesen in der Landwirtschaft e.V., Hrsg.) KTBL, Darmstadt (978-3-945088-94-4): 170-179
Langbein, J.; Nawroth, C. (2022):
Editorial: Captive animal behavior: Individual differences in learning and cognition, and implications on animal welfare. Front Vet Sci 9: 1102122, 1-3
Nawroth, C.; Rorvang, M. V. (2022):
Opportunities (and challenges) in dairy cattle cognition research: A key area needed to design future high welfare housing systems. Appl Anim Behav Sci 255: 105727, 1-8
Muñoz-Tamayo, R.; Nielsen, B.; Gagaoua, M.; Gondret, F.; Krause, E.T.; Morgavi, D. P.; Olsson, A.; Pastell, M.; Taghipoor, M.; Tedeschi, L.; Veissier, I.; Nawroth, C. (2022):
Seven steps to enhance Open Science practices in animal science. PNAS Nexus 1 (3): pgac106, 1-6
Nawroth, C.; Langbein, J.; Puppe, B. (2022):
Swine Cognition. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior (Vonk J., Shackelford T. K., Hrsg.) Springer, 20.05.2022 (978-3-319-55064-0): 1461
Rosenberger, K.; Simmler, M.; Langbein, J.; Nawroth, C.; Keil, N. (2022):
Responsiveness of domesticated goats towards various stressors following long-term cognitive test exposure. PeerJ 10: e12893, 1-25
Nawroth, C.; Krause, E.T. (2022):
The Academic, Societal and Animal Welfare Benefits of Open Science for Animal Science. Front Vet Sci 9: 810989, 1-6
Nawroth, C.; Rosenberger, K.; Keil, N.; Langbein, J. (2022):
Goats (Capra hircus) From Different Selection Lines Differ in Their Behavioural Flexibility. Front Psychol 12: 796464, 1-7
Rosenberger, K.; Simmler, M.; Langbein, J.; Keil, N.; Nawroth, C. (2021):
Performance of goats in a detour and problem-solvins test following long-term cognitive test exposure. Roy Soc Open Sci 8 (10): 210656, 1-15
Nawroth, C.; Rosenberger, K.; Keil, N.; Langbein, J. (2021):
Untersuchungen zum sozialen Lernen bei Ziegen – erste Ergebnisse. KTBL-Schrift 523: 261-263
Rosenberger, K.; Simmler, M.; Langbein, J.; Keil, N.; Nawroth, C. (2021):
Auswirkungen langfristiger kognitiver Stimulation auf das spätere Verhalten von Ziegen in einem räumlichen und einem instrumentellen Kognitionstest. KTBL-Schrift 523: 69-71
Rorvang, M. V.; Ničová, K.; Sassner, H.; Nawroth, C. (2021):
Horses’ (Equus caballus) Ability to Solve Visible but Not Invisible Displacement Tasks Is Associated With Frustration Behavior and Heart Rate. Front Behav Neurosci 15: 792035, 1-13
Nawroth, C.; Baciadonna, L.; Emery, N. J. (2021):
Humans in an Animal’s World – How Non-Human Animals Perceive and Interact with Humans Frontiers Media SA, Lausanne (978-2-88971-511-4): 1-229
Brecht, K.; Legg, E.; Nawroth, C.; Fraser, H.; Ostojić, L. (2021):
The status and value of replications in animal behavior science. Animal Behavior and Cognition 8 (2): 97-106