David Lehmann grew up surrounded by nature in the French Alps and has devoted himself to the study of life and earth sciences, particularly wildlife ecology and animals life histories. His interest led him to enroll in a MSc progamm at the University of Zurich, where he investigated the sociobiology of the South African striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumillio). This research also provided him with the important experience of challenging field research. Now he aims to investigate a scientifically challenging topic with relevance for both conservation and evolutionary ecology. The PhD project of Mr. Lehmann is supervised by PD Dr. Voigt within the Research Group Evolutionary Ecology (RG1) of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin. David Lehmann will work in Namibia in close collaboration with Wilderness Safari, with local conservancies in Damaraland and with the University of Namibia in Windhoek.