Louise Heitzmann


Louise_HeitzmannMy main research interests are sexual selection, sexual conflicts and how it shapes the evolution of reproductive strategies as well as mating systems.  My aim is to combine behavioural, genetic and neurobiological approaches to investigate these topics. I am also interested in sex chromosomes evolution and how it can underpin sexual conflicts.

I am currently working with Prof. Hoffman and Anneke Paijmans on microsatellites genotyping and genetic analysis to investigate fitness variation in Antarctic fur seals.

Previous Research and Other Interests

During my master degree, I worked on two research projects. In the first project, I studied the evolution of a genotype involved in plague transmission with theoretical models (adaptive dynamics and simulations). In the other project, I investigated whether Harbour seal pups can detect olfactory food-related cues by the mean of behavioural and statistical analysis.

I also worked on a project about the Pygmy Hippopotamus vocal and chemical communication: I helped with behavioural experiments and sound recordings.


Prof. Dr. Joseph I. Hoffman, University of Bielefeld

Curriculum Vitae
  • 2019-2022: PhD Sex chromosomes evolution in the Pygmy Mouse (Mus minutoides), Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, France.
  • 2016-2018: MSc Evolutionary biology & Ecology, Faculty of Sciences of Montpellier, France.
  • 2013-2016: BSc Biology, specialisation: Biology of Organisms and Populations of Ecosystems, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.

Contact Details

Department of Animal Behaviour
Bielefeld University
Postfach 100131
33501 Bielefeld

e: louise.heitzmann[at]gmail.com