Arne Kalinowski


As part of my master’s programme, I am currently doing a research module in the Hoffman lab. Therein, I investigate how the scent profile of Antarctic fur seal mothers and pups relates to their genetics, i.e. measures of heterozygosity and inbreeding, respectively. Among others, I aim to work out whether the previous finding that compound quantity signals heterozygosity in females can be confirmed in another sample.

Previous Research and Other Interests

For my bachelor thesis in the Behavioural Ecology group, I studied variation in risk-taking behaviour in juvenile fire salamanders with respect to their ecology and ontogeny. Interestingly, individuals exhibited distinct levels of risk-taking dependent on their larval habitat type and these differences persisted for at least some time after metamorphosis.

Generally, I am excited about the interdisciplinary field of zoo biology, in which conservation biology and especially molecular genetic techniques have gained in importance over the past years.


Joe Hoffman


2019 – present: MSc programme “Behaviour: From Neural Mechanisms to Evolution”, Bielefeld University

2016-2019: BSc programme “Biology”, Bielefeld University