Cv assoc. Prof. Dr. Bernard Wallner Addresses

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bernard Wallner
Correspondence to:

Department of Anthropology

University of Vienna

Althanstrasse 14

1090 Vienna

Phone: +43-1-4277-54701

Fax: +43-1-4277-9547


Home address:
Taborstrasse 7/22

1020 Wien


Phone: +43-664-8174961


1988-1991 Study of Biology at the University of Vienna

1992 Diploma of Zoology and Human Biology at the University of Vienna

1992 Master thesis at the University of Vienna with Greatest Distinction: Conflict behavior and physiological reactions in male guinea pigs (Cavia aperea f. porcellus): consequences of home advantage

1997 Doctor in Science (Rerum naturalis) at the University of Vienna with Greatest Distinction: Anogenital attractiveness as an endocrine and social marker in female Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus)

2005 Habilitation, subject: Primatology


1993-1994 Establishing the enzyme immunoassay (EIA) method at Prof. Dr. J. Dittami’s endocrine lab, University of Vienna

1994-1997 Head of lab - EIA analysis of fecal, salvia and blood samples.

1995 Field work at Affenberg Salem ( Germany )

1998 Research stay at Prof. Dr. A. Zahavi’s lab, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

1999 Research stay at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem , NC

2000-2007 Head of Quality Assurance, University of Vienna

2002-2004 Senior research fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Vienna

2005-present Associate Professor of Primatology, Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

1994-1995 Head of the OeNB Project (5012): Oxytocin: The Substance of Pair- Binding?

1996-1997 Head of the MA7 Project (1543): Endocrine Effects of Weekend Activities in Humans.

1997-1998 Head of the OeNB Project (6297): Oxytocin: A neuroendocrine peptide inducing socio-sexual bonding?

1998-1999 Project commissioned by the friends of the zoological garden Schönbrunn (Vienna) entitled: personality assessment in primates

1998-1999 Cooperation with Prof. Dr. Jay Kaplan (Professor of Comparative Medicine and Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Clinical Research Center at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC). Project title: Affiliative behavior and its endocrine response in female and male Macaca fascicularis

1998-2002 Head of the OeNB Project (7125): Puberty in Japanese macaque females (Macaca fuscata)

1998-2002 Co-leader of the FWF Project (P13208-BIO): Physiological and behavioral aspects of female Puberty in Macaca sylvanus

2004 Member of the Quality Culture Project in association with the European University Association, Brussels
Congress organizing

1994 Administrative work for the 21st International Ornithological Conference (IOC) in Vienna, Austria.

1996 Part of the local organizing team for the 13th Conference of the International Society for Human Ethology (ISHE) in Vienna, Austria.

2000 Organizer of the Symposia entitled Softmoney and external Financing at Universities. University of Vienna.

Master and PhD Thesis Co- Supervisor

1997 Oxytocin und Paarbindung beim Meerschweinchen (Cavia aperea f. porcellus), by R. Barth. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Dittami.

1997 Diurnal patterns of steroid hormones in feces of Greylag Goslings (Anser anser): Hatching to Fledging, by Karin Schütz. Supervisor: Prof. Mag. Dr. K. Kotrschal.

1998 Paarbindung und Streßmanagement bei Meerschweinchen (Cavia aperea f. porcellus), by I. Machatschke. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J.Dittami.

1999 Working-Title: Physiological and behavioral aspects of female Japanese macaques during the sexual active phase: adolescent vs. adult individuals, by B. Primosch. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Dittami

2001 Pubertät und sexuelle Attraktivität bei weiblichen Japanmakaken (Macaca fuscata), by M. Tauber. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J. Dittami.

2001 Zur Beziehung zwischen Ausscheidungsmustern von Sexualsteroiden und Glukokortikoiden im Kot und saisonalen, morphologischen und ethologischen Veränderungen bei weiblichen Japanmakaken (Macaca fuscata), by A. Aspernig. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Möstl.


1995-1998 Teaching assistant for elementary courses I+II in biology, University of Vienna

1996-1999 Group manager for courses in Ethology, University of Vienna

2000-2002 Introduction into statistical methods for biologists, University of Vienna

1997-present Primatology I: systematics, adaption, and evolution (winter term), Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

1997-present Primatology II: behavioral ecology, primate societies, theory of reproductive strategies, survival strategies, mating strategies, rearing strategies, socio-ecological systems, behavioral endocrinology (summer term), Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna


1993 Scholarship at the University of Vienna

1994 Scholarship at the University of Vienna
Membership Member of the New York Academy of Sciences
Review Work


Ongoing NYC Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), NY Acad Scie

Ongoing INTAS, EU

Ongoing CEEPUS Networks, EU


American Journal of Physical Anthropology

American Journal of Primatology

General Comparative Endocrinology

Hormone and Metabolic Research

Journal of Medical Primatology

Neurotoxicology and Teratology

South African Journal of Science

Hormones and Behavior

Existing Cooperations

Dr. Eric Shaw Gibraltar Ornithological and Natural History Society (GOHNS), Gibraltar

Prof. Resia Pretorius, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Martina Konecna, MSc. University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Prof. Renate Klein, University of Maine, USA
Bernard Wallner
Publications: Journals and Book Chapters


Machatschke I, Barbara Bauer, Cornelia Schrauf, Dittami J, Wallner B (2007) Conflict-involvement of Male Guinea Pigs (Cavia aperea f. porcellus) as a Criterion for Partner Monopolization. Submitted to Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

Wallner B, Machatschke I (2007) Evolution of Sexual Dimorphic Violent Behavior in Humans: The Role of Central Cholesterol and Serotonin. Submitted to Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

Wallner B, Machatschke I, Fieder M, (2007) Occupational ethology: a new perspective in occupational stress research. Submitted to Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Wallner B, Machatschke I (2007) Self-Medication: Evolutionary Origins of Ethnopharmacy. In: R. Pretorius (Ed.) Trends and Developments in Ethnopharmacology. Research Post, in press.

Wallner B, Mostl E, Dittami J (2007) Chronic levonorgestrel treatment in Macaca sylvanus: effects on perineal swelling size and fecal sex steroid excretion. Neuro Endocrinol Lett 28: 326-332.


Wallner B, Dittami J, Machatschke I (2006) Social stimuli cause changes of plasma oxytocin and behavior in guinea pigs. Biol Res 39: 251-258

Wallner B, Dittami J, Wallis J (2006) Influence of perineal swellings on behavior and stress reaction in levonorgestrel implanted Macaca sylvanus females. Neuro Endocrinol Lett 27: 253-256

Pretorius E, Wallner B, Marx J (2006) Cortisol resistance in conditions like asthma and the involvement of 11 -Hsd-2: a hypothesis. Horm Metab Res 38: 368-376.

Machatschke I, Wallner B, Dittami, J (2006) Impact of social environment on female chimpanzee reproductive cycles. Horm Behav 50:126-131

Machatschke IH, Dittami J, Wallner B (2006) Morphometric and hormonal changes during the chimpanzee menstrual cycle. J Med Primatol 35:331-340

Fieder M, Prossinger H, Iber K, Schaefer K, Wallner B, Huber S (2006) Season-of-birth contributes to variation of university examination outcomes. Am J Hum Biol 18: 714-717

Heistermann M, Moehle U, Dittami J, Wallner B, Shaw E, Hodges K (2006) Reproductive cycle and mating patterns in female Barbary macaques. In: Hodges JK, Cortes J (eds) The Barbary macaque. Biology and conservation, Nottingham University Press, Nottingham, 95-107


Wallner B, Huber S, Mitterauer L, Pavlova B, Fieder M (2005) Academic mothers have a pronounced seasonal variation in their offspring sex ratio. Neuro Endocrinol Lett 26: 759-762

Wallner B (2005) Übergänge zwischen nichtmenschlichen und menschlichen Primaten. In: Stagl J, Reinhard W (Hg.) Grenzen des Menschseins, Böhlau, Wien, 79-95

Moehle U, Heistermann M, Dittami J, Wallner B, Hodges JK (2005) Patterns of anogenital swelling size and their endocrine correlates during ovulatory cycles and early pregnancy in free-ranging Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) of Gibraltar. Am J Primatol 66: 351-368

Fieder M, Huber S, Bookstein FL, Iber K, Schaefer K, Winckler G, Wallner, B (2005) Status and reproduction in humans: new evidence for the validity of evolutionary explanations on basis of a university sample. Ethology 111: 940-950


Wallner B (2004) Sexual dimorphism: an evolutionary view on violent behavior in human males. In: Klein R, Wallner B (eds) Conflict, Gender, and Violence, Studienverlag, Innsbruck, 157-168

Machatscke I, Wallner B, Schams D, Dittami J (2004) Social environment, behavioral stress responses and peripheral oxytocin and cortisol in guinea pigs. Ethology 110: 161-176

Huber S, Fieder M, Wallner B, Iber K, Moser G (2004) Season of birth effects on reproduction in contemporary men and women. Hum Reprod 19: 445-447

Huber S, Fieder M, Wallner B, Moser G, Arnold W (2004) Birth month influences reproductive performance in contemporary women. Hum Reprod 19: 1081-1082

Fieder M, Wallner B, Winckler G (2004) Die Altersstruktur der Universität Wien. In: Ehmer J, Goltschnigg D, Revers P, Stagl J (eds) Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses: Bestandsaufnahmen und Zukunftsaussichten. Edition Praesens, Wien, 139-150

Klein R, Wallner B (2004) Conflict, gender, and violence in Europe: research advances and programmatic challenges. In: Klein R, Wallner B (eds) Conflict, Gender, and Violence, 11-26, Studienverlag, Innsbruck

Published Abstracts Peer Reviewed


Dittami J, Moehle U, Remberg V, Sablek E, Millesi E, Wallner B, Hodges K (2004) Non-ejaculatory copulations in Barbary macaques: sexual strategies and adrenal secretion patterns. Horm Behav 46: 110-111

Machatschke IH, Mostl E, Wallner B, Dittami J (2004) Effects of male cohabitation on menstrual cycles and endocrine secretion patterns in female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Horm Behav 46: 117
Presented abstracts at conferences and meetings


Wallner, B, Dittami J, Machatschke I (2007) The impact of secondary sex characteristics (SSC) and social behavior to cortisol and sexual hormones in female primates. World conference of stress: Hans Selye 1907-2007, Budapest, Hungary.


Dittami J, Prossinger H, Wallner, B, Schiestl G, Sonnweber R, Shaw E, Fieder M (2006) Estogen – progestin ratios may affect both size and shape of female anogenital swellings in Barbary macaques. Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology, 10th Meeting, Pittsberg, PA, USA


Wallner B, Fieder M (2005) Creativity: the intellectual funds of universities. EUA Conference, Uppsala, Sweden

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