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.; 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
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. (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