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


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
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
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
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
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
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.; 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.; McElligott, A. G. (2017):
Human head orientation and eye visibility as indicators of attention for goats (Capra hircus). PeerJ 5: e3073
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.; 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.; Trincas, E.; Favaro, L. (2017):
African penguins follow the gaze direction of conspecifics. PeerJ 5: e3459, 1-11
Nawroth, C. (2017):
Socio-cognitive capacities of goats and their impact on human-animal interactions. Small Ruminant Res 150: 70-75
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
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.; 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
Nawroth, C.; Baciadonna, L.; McElligott, A. G. (2016):
Goats learn socially from humans in a spatial problem-solving task. Anim. Behav. 121: 123-129
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
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.; 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
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