Broadly, I am interested in animal (social) behaviour and its interaction with physiology. During my master studies in “Animal Behaviour, Neurobiology and Cognition” I developed a vast interest in the fascinating field of behavioural endocrinology. For that reason, I worked on hormonal responses to experimentally induced fission-fusion dynamics in ravens (Corvus corax) in the course of my master thesis and got an Endocrinology Lab Assistant position at the University of Vienna until I started my PhD.
Currently, I am focusing on the correlation between hormones and cooperative behaviour. My research goals are directed toward developing a bigger picture of cooperation by investigating cognitive, social and endocrine factors in different corvids (common ravens, azure-winged magpies) and primate species (long-tailed macaques, common marmosets).
Stocker M, O’Sullivan E, Sonnweber RS & Caldwell CA (2015). Capuchins’ Behavioural and Endocrine Response to Conspecifics’ Actions. Folia Primatologica, 86, 367.
Stocker M, Munteanu A, Stöwe M, Schwab C, Palme R, Bugnyar T (2016): Loner or socializer? Ravens' adrenocortical response to individual separation depends on social integration. Hormones and Behavior, 78, 194-199
Morton FB, Brosnan SF, Prétôt L, Buchanan-Smith HM, O'Sullivan E, Stocker M, Wilson VAD (2016): Using photographs to study animal social cognition and behaviour: Do capuchins' responses to photos reflect reality? Behavioural Processes, 124, 38-46
Munteanu A, Stocker M, Stöwe M, Massen J, Bugnyar T (2016): Behavioural and hormonal stress responses to social separation in ravens, Corvus corax. Ethology, 122, 1-13
ECBB 2014: European Conference of Behavioural Biology; Prague, CZ, July 17-20, 2014 Stocker M, Munteanu A, Stöwe M, Schwab C, Bugnyar T (2014): Raven's stress response to separations depend on social integration.
Science Day 2014: University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences, July 1st, 2014 Stocker M, Munteanu A, Stöwe M, Schwab C, Bugnyar T (2014): Who's nervous? Social integration predicts stress response in ravens.
CogCom 2015: Cognition and Communication Workshop, Vienna, July 2-4, 2015 Stocker M, Munteanu A (2015): Adrenocortical responses and coping strategies of ravens during individual separations.
EFP 2015: European Federation for Primatology Meeting, Rome, August 25-28, 2015 Stocker M, O'Sullivan E, Sonnweber RS, Caldwell CA (2015): Capuchins' behavioural and endocrine response to conspecifics' actions.
ECBB 2016: European Conference of Behavioural Biology, Vienna, July 12-15, 2016 Stocker M, Bugnyar T, Massen J (2016): Are stressed ravens less cooperative?
IPS ASP 2016: Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists, Chicago, US, August 21-27, 2016 Stocker M, Sterck E, Bugnyar T, Massen J (2016): Correlates of hormones and cooperation in captive long-tailed macaques.
Invited Talk at the Animal Ecology Research Group, Utrecht University, NL, June 8, 2016 Stocker M: Stress hormones and social behaviour in ravens.