Dr. Elisabeth Oberzaucher


I am a biologist and evolutionary psychologist.

My research focuses on human behavior and cognition. In the past years I have specialized on the following core themes within interdisciplinary projects:

  1. human-environment-interactions

  2. mate choice and attractiveness

  3. communication and social interaction

In 2016 I joined the faculty of the University of Ulm as professor for diversity, adaptability and  equality. Since 2015 I am the scientific director of the research institute Urban Human.

In 2012 I became the editor in chief of the Human Ethology Bulletin, a peer-reviewed, free, full open access journal hosted by the International Society for Human Ethology.

I have been teaching courses at the University of Vienna, plus ad hoc teaching assignments at other institutions since 2001. I regularly give talks at academic and non-academic events. In 2015 I was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Mathematics. In 2016 I joined the cast of the Science Busters.

In Spring 2017, my book “Homo urbanus – Ein evolutionsbiologischer Blick in die Zukunft der Städte” was published by Springer.




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