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.; Langbein, J. (2017):
Taking livestock psychology back to the barn : commentary on Marino and Allen (2017), the psychology of cows. Animal Behavior and Cognition 4 (4): 519-521
Nawroth, C.; Deléglise, T.; McElligott, A. G. (2017):
Ziegen (Capra hircus) zeigen spontan "einsichtiges" Problemlösungsverhalten, aber kein Verständnis für kausale Zusammenhänge. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2017: Vorträge anlässlich der 49. Internationalen Arbeitstagung "Angewandte Ethologie bei Nutztieren" der DVG vom 23.-25.11.2017 in Freiburg/Breisgau (KTBL-Schrift , 513) KTBL, Darmstadt (978-3-945088-53-1): 28-37"
Nawroth, C.; McElligott, A. G. (2017):
Human head orientation and eye visibility as indicators of attention for goats (Capra hircus). PeerJ 5: e3073
Nawroth, C.; Prentice, P. M.; McElligott, A. G. (2017):
Individual personality differences in goats predict their performance in visual learning and non-associative cognitive tasks. Behav. Processes 34: 43-53
Nawroth, C.; Ebersbach, M.; Von Borell, E. (2016):
Are domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domestica) able to use complex human-given cues to find a hidden reward? Anim. Welfare 25: 185-190
Ebersbach, M.; Nawroth, C. (2016):
The Effects of Visual Discriminability and Rotation Angle on 30-Month-Olds’ Search Performance in Spatial Rotation Tasks. Frontiers in Psychology 7: 1648
Nawroth, C.; Brett, J. M.; McElligott, A. G. (2016):
Goats display audience-dependent human-directed gazing behaviour in a problem-solving task. Biol. Lett. 12: 20160283
Nawroth, C.; Baciadonna, L.; McElligott, A. G. (2016):
Goats learn socially from humans in a spatial problem-solving task. Anim. Behav. 121: 123-129
Nawroth, C.; Borell, E. v.; Langbein, J. (2016):
‘Goats that stare at men’—revisited: do dwarf goats alter their behaviour in response to eye visibility and head direction of a human? Anim Cogn 19: 667-672
Baciadonna, L.; Nawroth, C.; McElligott, A. G. (2016):
Judgement bias in goats (Capra hircus): investigating the effects of human grooming. PeerJ 4: e2485
Nawroth, C.; von Borell, E. (2015):
Domestic pigs´ (Sus scrofa domestica) use of direct and indirect visual and auditory cues in an object choice task. Animal Cognition 18: 757-766
Nawroth, C.; von Borell, E.; Langbein, J. (2015):
‘Goats that stare at men’: dwarf goats alter their behaviour in response to human head orientation, but do not spontaneously use head direction as a cue in a food-related context. Animal Cognition 18: 65-73
Benz-Schwarzburg, J.; Nawroth, C. (2015):
Know your pork - Or better don't: Debating animal minds in the context of the meat paradox. Know Your Food 233-240
Nawroth, C.; von Borell, E.; Langbein, J. (2015):
Object permanence in the dwarf goat (Capra aegagrus hircus): Perseveration errors and the tracking of complex movements of hidden objects. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 167: 20-26
Nawroth, C.; von Borell, E.; Langbein, J. (2014):
Exclusion performance in dwarf goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) and sheep (Ovis orientalis aries). PLOS ONE 9: e93534
Nawroth, C.; Ebersbach, M.; von Borell, E. (2014):
Juvenile domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domestica) use human-given cues in an object choice task. Animal Cognition 17: 701-713
Nawroth, C.; Ebersbach, M.; von Borell, E. (2013):
Are juvenile domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domestica) sensitive to the attentive states of humans? - The impact of impulsivity on choice behaviour. Behav. Processes 96: 53-58
Nawroth, C.; Ebersbach, M.; von Borell, E. (2013):
A note on pigs’ knowledge of hidden objects. Archives Animal Breeding 56: 861-872
Haun, D. B. M.; Nawroth, C.; Call, J. (2011):
Great Apes' Risk-Taking Strategies in a Decision Making Task. PLoS ONE 6: e28801
Yarali, A.; Mayerle, M.; Nawroth, C.; Gerber, B. (2008):
No evidence for visual context-dependency of olfactory learning in Drosophila. Naturwissenschaften 95: 767-774