Dr. Sarah Benhaiem

Scientist, Co-PI Serengeti Hyena Project, Co-PI SAW Project EpiRank

Department of Ecological Dynamics

Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 466
E-Mail: benhaiem@izw-berlin.de

Short curriculum vitae

  • 2018-present: Scientist, Leibniz-IZW
  • 2015-2018: Postdoc, Leibniz-IZW; Influence of social and demographic processes on disease dynamics
  • 2012-2015: Postdoc, Leibniz-IZW, Hormone levels in non-invasive samples: Link to sibling rivalry and standardization method 
  • 2012: Dr. rer. nat., ‘Freie Universität Berlin’ & Leibniz-IZW Sibling rivalry in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta)
Research interests
  • Developmental plasticity and early life effects
  • Ontogeny of social behaviour
  • Parent-offspring conflict and relationships between siblings
  • Life history trade-offs
  • Wildlife disease ecology
  • Human-wildlife conflict (bushmeat hunting)
Selected publications

Guerrero TP, Fickel J, Benhaiem S, Weyrich A (2020): Epigenomics and gene regulation in mammalian social systems. CURR ZOOL 66, 307–319. doi:10.1093/cz/zoaa005

Benhaiem S & Marescot L, et al. (2018): Slow recovery from a disease epidemic in the spotted hyena, a keystone social carnivore. COMMS BIOL 1, 201. doi:10.1038/s42003-018-0197-1

Marescot L & Benhaiem S, et al. (2018): Social status mediates the fitness costs of infection with canine  distemper virus in a social carnivore. FUNC ECOL 32, 1237-1250; Nature Research Highlight: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03094-8

Davidian CE & Benhaiem S, et al. (2015): Determining hormone metabolite concentrations when enzyme immunoassay accuracy varies over time. METHODS ECOL EVOL 6, 576-583. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12338

Benhaiem S, et al. (2013): Sibling competition and hunger increase allostatic load in spotted hyenas. BIOL LETT 9, 20130040. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2013.0040

Benhaiem S, et al. (2012): Sibling rivalry: training effects, emergence of dominance and incomplete control. PROC R SOC B 279, 3727-3735. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.0925