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


Zobel, G.; Nawroth, C. (2020):
Current state of knowledge on the cognitive capacities of goats and its potential to inform species-specific enrichment. Small Ruminant Res 192 (11): 106208, 1-8
Nawroth, C.; Rosenberger, K.; Keil, N.; Langbein, J. (2020):
Das Zuchtziel beeinflusst die Verhaltensflexibilität, aber nicht die Interpretation von physikalischen und sozialen Hinweisen bei Ziegen. Vortrag anlässlich der 52. Internationalen Tagung Angewandte Ethologie der Deutschen Veterinärmedizinischen Ges. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2020 (KTBL-Schrift , 520) KTBL, Darmstadt (978-3-945088-78-4): 109-120
Rosenberger, K.; Simmler, M.; Nawroth, C.; Langbein, J.; Keil, N. (2020):
Goats work for food in a contrafreeloading task. Sci Rep-UK 10: 22336, 1-12
Düpjan, S.; Krause, A.; Moscovice, L. R.; Nawroth, C. (2020):
Emotional contagion and its implications for animal welfare. CAB Reviews 15: 046, 1-6
Baciadonna, L.; Nawroth, C.; Briefer, E. F.; McElligott, A. F. (2019):
Perceptual lateralization of vocal stimuli in goats. Curr Zool 65 (1): 67-74
Nawroth, C.; Langbein, J.; Coulon, M.; Gabor, V.; Oesterwind, S.; Benz-Schwarzburg, J.; von Borell, E. (2019):
Farm animal cognition: Linking behaviour, welfare and ethics. Front Vet Sci 6: 24, 1-16
https://doi.org/doi: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00024
Nawroth, C.; Langbein, J. (2019):
Advances and perspectives in farm animal learning and cognition (Editorial). Front Vet Sci 6: 172, 1-2
Gygax, L.; Nawroth, C. (2019):
Commentary: Farm animals are not humans in sheep clothing. ASent 4 (25): 237, 1-3
Nawroth, C.; Langbein, J. (2019):
Advances and perspectives in farm animal learning and cognition Frontiers, Zürich (978-2-88963-054-7): 1-117
Rosenberger, K.; Nawroth, C.; Keil, N.; Langbein, J.; Rasmussen, R. (2019):
Easie-RR : Open-access-Software zur Analyse der Herzfrequenzvariabilität. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2019. Vorträge anlässlich der 51. Internationalen Arbeitstagung Angewandte Ethologie bei Nutztieren der Deutschen Veterinärmedizinischen Gesellschaft e.V. (DVG), Fachgruppe Ethologie und Tierhaltung, vom 28. bis 30. November 2019 in Freiburg im Breisgau (KTBL-Schrift , 518) KTBL, Darmstadt (978-3-945088-72-2): 294-297
Baruzzi, C.; Nawroth, C.; McElligott, A. G.; Baciadonna, L. (2018):
Motor asymmetry in goats during a stepping task. Laterality 23 (5): 599-609
Nawroth, C.; Langbein, J.; Puppe, B. (2018):
Swine Cognition. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior (J. Vonk, T. K. Shackelford, Hrsg.) Springer International Publishing, Cham (ISBN 978-3-319-47829-6, https://doi.org/10.1007/97): 1-8
Cauchoix, M.; Chow, P.; Van Horik, J.; Atance, C.; Barbeau, E.; ..., ; Langbein, J.; ..., ; Nawroth, C.; Oesterwind, S.; ..., (2018):
The repeatability of cognitive performance: a meta-analysis. Philos T R Soc B 373 (1756): 20170281, 1-13
Burla, J.-B.; Siegwart, J.; Nawroth, C. (2018):
Human demonstration does not facilitate the performance of horses (Equus caballus) in a spatial problem-solving task. Animals 8 (6): 96, 1-8
Nawroth, C.; Albuquerque, N.; Savalli, C.; Single, M.S.; McElligott, A.G. (2018):
Goats prefer positive human emotional facial expressions. Roy Soc Open Sci 5: 180491, 1-8
Langbein, J.; Krause, A.; Nawroth, C. (2018):
Human-directed behaviour in goats is not affected by short-term positive handling. ANIM COGN 21: 795-803
Ebersbach, M.; Nawroth, C. (2018):
Shape but not color facillitates two-year-olds' search performance in a spatial rotation task. Infancy 23 (6): 820-832
Baciadonna, L.; Düpjan, S.; Briefer, E.F.; Padilla de la Torre, M.; Nawroth, C. (2018):
Looking on the bright side of livestock emotions - the potential of their transmission to promote positive welfare. Front Vet Sci 5: 218, 1-6
Nawroth, C. (2017):
Socio-cognitive capacities of goats and their impact on human-animal interactions. Small Ruminant Res 150: 70-75
Nawroth, C.; Trincas, E.; Favaro, L. (2017):
African penguins follow the gaze direction of conspecifics. PeerJ 5: e3459, 1-11