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


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
Krause, A.; Nawroth, C. (2021):
Animal Emotions - Do Animals Feel as We Do?. Frontiers for Young Minds 9: 622811, 1-7
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
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
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
Düpjan, S.; Krause, A.; Moscovice, L. R.; Nawroth, C. (2020):
Emotional contagion and its implications for animal welfare. CAB Reviews 15: 046, 1-6
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
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
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.; Martin, Z.; McElligott, A. G. (2020):
Goats follow human pointing gestures in an object choice task. Front Psychol 11: 915,1-6
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
Schrimpf, A.; Single, M.S.; Nawroth, C. (2020):
Social referencing in the domestic horse. Animals-Basel 10: 164, 1-14
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
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 (Editorial). Front Vet Sci 6: 172, 1-2
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
Baciadonna, L.; Nawroth, C.; Briefer, E. F.; McElligott, A. F. (2019):
Perceptual lateralization of vocal stimuli in goats. Curr Zool 65 (1): 67-74
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
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