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Dr. Désirée Brucks

Desiree Brucks

Phone: +49 641 99 37647

OCRID: 0000-0003-3146-5110

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Curriculum Vitae

Since 2020 

PostDoc, Department of Animal Husbandry, Behaviour, and Welfare 

University of Giessen, Germany


PostDoc, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


PostDoc, Comparative Cognition Research Group

Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany


Ph.D. Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria


M.Sc. Behavioural Biology

University of Göttingen, Germany


B.Sc. Biology

University of Göttingen, Germany


Research Interests

  • Comparative cognition in domestic and wild species 
  • Cognition of farm animals (i.e. pigs und camelids)
  • Social cognition and human-animal interactions 
  • Animal welfare



Brucks D, Essler JL, Marshall-Pescini S & Range F. (2016). Inequity aversion negatively 

affects tolerance and contact-seeking behaviours towards partner and experimenter. 

PLoS One 11(4): e0153799.  


Brucks D, Marshall-Pescini S, Essler JL, McGetrick J, Huber L & Range F. (2017) What are 

the ingredients for an inequity paradigm? Manipulating the experimenter’s 

involvement in an inequity task with dogs. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 270. 


Brucks D, Soliani M, Range F & Marshall-Pescini S. (2017). Reward type and behavioural 

patterns predict dogs’ success in a delay of gratification task. Scientific Reports, 7, 42459.


Brucks D, Marshall-Pescini S, Wallis L, Huber L & Range F. (2017). Measures of dogs’ 

inhibitory control abilities do not correlate across tasks. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 849. 


Brucks D, Marshall-Pescini S & Range F. (2017) Dogs’ reaction to inequity is affected by 

inhibitory control. Scientific Reports, 7, 15802.


Brucks D, Marshall-Pescini S & Range F. (2018) Dogs and wolves do not differ in their 

inhibitory control abilities in a non-social test battery. Animal Cognition, 22, 1-15.  


Tassin de Montaigu C, Durdevic K, Brucks D, Krasheninnikova A & von Bayern A. (2019) 

Blue-throated macaws (Ara glaucogularis) succeed in a cooperative task despite 

coordinating their actions. Ethology, 126, 267-277.


Krasheninnikova A, Brucks D, Blanc S & von Bayern A. (2019) Assessing African grey 

parrots’ prosocial tendencies in a token choice paradigm. Royal Society Open 

Science, 6, 190696.


Krasheninnikova A, Brucks D, Buffenoir N, Rivas Blanco D, Soulet D & von Bayern A. 

(2019) Parrots do not show inequity aversion in a modified token exchange 

paradigm. Scientific Reports, 9, 16416.


Brucks D & von Bayern A. (2020) Parrots voluntarily help each other to obtain food rewards. 

Current Biology, 30, 292-297.


Range F, Brucks D & Virányi Z. (2020) Dogs wait longer for better rewards than wolves in a 

delay of gratification task: but why? Animal Cognition23, 443-453.


McGetrick J, Brucks D, Marshall-Pescini S & Range F. (2020) No evidence for a 

relationship between breed cooperativeness and inequity aversion in dogs. PLoS 

One, 15 (6), e0233067.


Brucks D, Petelle M, Baldoni C, Krasheninnikova A, Rovegno E & von Bayern, AMP. (2021)

Intra‑ and interspecific variation in self‑control capacities of parrots in a delay of gratification

task. Animal Cognition.

Brucks D, Drews B & Ulbrich S. (2022) Exploring the social network of European roe deer

(Capreolus capreolus) in captivity. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 246, 105526.