Dr. agr. Christian Nawroth

+49 38208 68-802
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Behavioural Physiology
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


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
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
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.; 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
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.; 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
Raoult, C. M. C.; Osthaus, B.; Hildebrand, A. C. G.; McElligott, A. G.; Nawroth, C. (2021):
Goats show higher behavioural flexibility than sheep in a spatial detour task. Roy Soc Open Sci 8 (3): 201627, 1-9
Rorvang, M.; Nawroth, C. (2021):
Advances in understanding cognition and learning in cattle. In: Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of dairy cattle. (Endres, Marcia, University of Minnesota, USA, Hrsg.) Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing , Cambridge (978-1-78676-459-1): 17-36
Nawroth, C.; Gygax, L. (2021):
The Legislative, Ethical, and Conceptual Importance of Replicability in Farm Animal Welfare Science. Animal Behavior and Cognition 8 (2): 247-250
Krause, A.; Nawroth, C. (2021):
Animal Emotions - Do Animals Feel as We Do?. Frontiers for Young Minds 9: 622811, 1-7
Nawroth, C.; Baciadonna, L.; Emery, N. J. (2021):
Editorial: Humans in an Animal’s World – How Non-human Animals Perceive and Interact with Humans. Front Psychol 12: 733430, 1-4
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
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
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
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
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):
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
Schrimpf, A.; Single, M.S.; Nawroth, C. (2020):
Social referencing in the domestic horse. Animals-Basel 10: 164, 1-14
Mastellone, V.; Scandurra, A.; D Aniello, B.; Nawroth, C.; Saggese, F.; Silvestre, P.; Lombardi, P. (2020):
Long-term socialization with humans affects human-directed behavior in goats. Animals-Basel 10 (5): 578, 1-9
Nawroth, C.; Martin, Z.; McElligott, A. G. (2020):
Goats follow human pointing gestures in an object choice task. Front Psychol 11: 915,1-6