European Elephant Management

André Ganswindt

Email: ganswindt@dpz.gwdg.de

Current position

Spring 2006 Postdoctoral fellow, Veterinary Wildlife Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Current interest

Study reproductive and behavioural relationships in preferably mammals, with a special interest in male elephant reproductive biology (the phenomenon of musth). Develop and validate non-invasive tools for monitoring gonadal and adrenal function in captive and free-ranging animals. Expand knowledge in the field of behavioural observation with a special interest in acoustics. Combine the disciplines of physiological-endocrine research, behaviour and genetics to improve the management and welfare of animals in zoological institutions as well as in the wild.

Current project

Trigger and regulatory mechanisms of musth in African elephants (Loxodonta africana)

Education

06/00 – 09/04 PhD student, Dept. of Behavioural Biology (University of Muenster) in cooperation with the Dept. of Reproductive Biology (German Primate Centre, DPZ, Goettingen) and the Samburu elephant research project (Save the elephants, Kenya)

04/95 – 05/00 Study of Biotechnology, Dept. of Biotechnology (University of Applied Sciences, TFH Berlin) in cooperation with the Dept. of Reproductive Biology (DPZ, Goettingen)

09/88 – 02/92 Apprenticeship as biological lab technician at the Schering Group, Berlin

Employment

10/04 – 01/06 Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Reproductive Biology (DPZ, Goettingen) and since 05/05 also affiliated to University of Surrey Roehampton, UK)

06/00 – 12/02 Postgraduate assistant, Dept. of Reproductive Biology (DPZ, Goettingen)

07/98 – 12/98 Graduate assistant, Dept. of Genome Research (Max-Delbrück-Centre for molecular medicine, Berlin)

02/92 – 11/95 Biological lab technician (Schering Group, Berlin, Germany)

Publications

Publications in peer-reviewed or refereed journals

· Heistermann M, Palme R, Ganswindt A (2005) Comparison of different enzymeimmunoassays for assessment of adrenocortical activity in primates based on fecal analysis IN: American Journal of Primatology, in press

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Hodges JK (2005) Physical, physiological and behavioural correlates of musth in captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 78 (4): 505-514

· Ganswindt A, Rasmussen HB, Heistermann M, Hodges JK (2005) The sexually active states of free-ranging male African elephants (Loxodonta africana): Defining musth and non-musth using endocrinology, physical signals, and behaviour. Hormones and Behavior, 47 (1): 83-91

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Palme R, Borragan S, Hodges JK (2003) Non-invasive assessment of adrenal function in the male African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and its relation to musth. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 134(2): 156-166

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Borragan S, Hodges JK (2002) Assessment of testicular endocrine function in captive African elephants by measurement of urinary and fecal androgens. Zoo Biology, 21: 27-36

Published conference proceedings

· Heistermann M, Palme R, Ganswindt A (2005) Assessing stress in primates using faecal glucocorticoids: the importance of validation; Congress of the European Federation for Primatology 2005, Primate Report 72, p.43

· Ganswindt A (2005) Charakterisierung des Musth-Phänomens bei Afrikanischen Elefanten (Loxodonta africana). EEKMA 2004 Tagungsband, in press

· Ganswindt A, Rasmussen HB, Heistermann M, Hodges JK (2004) Characterisation of sexually active states in free-ranging male African elephants (Loxodonta africana) using endocrinological and external physical signs. Advances in Ethology 38, p.106

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Palme R, Borragan S, Hodges JK (2002) Non-invasive assessment of adrenal function in the male African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and its relation to musth. Advances in Ethology 37, p.167

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Borragan S, Hodges JK (2001) Faecal glucocorticoid and androgen metabolite excretion in male African elephants (Loxodonta africana). Recent Research on Elephants and Rhinos, p.85

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Borragan S, Hodges JK (2000) Non-invasive assessment of testicular endocrine function in the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) by measurement of testosterone metabolites in faeces. Advances in Ethology 35, p.56

Non-refereed scientific publications or popular scientific articles

· Ganswindt A, Bertschinger HJ (2005) Trigger and regulatory mechanisms of musth in African elephants (Loxodonta africana). EAZA annual meeting Research Committee Newsletter, submitted

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Hodges JK (2005) Endocrine, physical and behavioural correlates of musth in African elephants (Loxodonta africana). EAZA annual meeting Research Committee Newsletter, submitted

· Ganswindt A (2005) Endocrine, physical and behavioural correlates of musth in African elephants (Loxodonta africana). Mitteilungsblatt Ethologische Gesellschaft e.V., submitted

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Palme R, Borragan S, Hodges JK (2004) Endocrine and behavioural correlates of musth in captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana). EAZA annual meeting Research Committee Newsletter 10/2004, pp.89-90

· Ganswindt A, Heistermann M, Hodges JK (2002) Endocrine and behavioural correlates of musth in captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana) EAZA annual meeting Research Committee Newsletter 03/2002, p.51

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