PD Dr. Stefanie Riemer

Verhaltensbiologin und Privatdozentin im Fachbereich Ethologie und Tierschutz

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Akademischer Werdegang

2021               Habilitation im Fachbereich Ethologie & Tierschutz, Vetsuisse Fakultät, Universität Bern

Seit 2016       Oberassistentin und Gruppenleiterin Companion Animal Behaviour Group, Abteilung Tierschutz, Vetsuisse Fakultät, Universität Bern

2014-2015    Forschungsassistentin und Postdoc, Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Research Group, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, England

2014               PhD summa cum laude in Kognitionsbiologie, Universität Wien

2013               Gastforschende (CompCog grant) Animal Behaviour, Cognition and Welfare Research Group, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, England

2009               Diplom Biologie, mit Auszeichnung, Universität Wien

2006               BSc (Hons) first class in Animal Behaviour and Environmental Biology, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England

Betreuung von PhD, Master- und BSc-StudentInnen

Seit 2016 Hauptbetreuung von 10 MasterstudentInnen, 3 BSc Studentinnen, 2 PhD Studentinnen, 2 Praktikantinnen, sowie Unterstützung weiterer Austausch-, Master- und PhD-Studentinnen.

Eingeworbene Forschungsgelder und Grants

2019-2020    Gesellschaft für Kynologische Forschung „Hilft das Training eines  „Kooperations-signals“ tierärztliche Untersuchungen für Hunde angenehmer zu machen?
(Mitantragstellerin)

2018-2022    SNF (Schweizer Nationalfonds) Ambizione Grant PZ00P3_174221 “Reward

                        sensitivity in dogs – risk factor for addictive behaviour and key to trainability”

2017-2020    Albert Heim Stiftung “Free-roaming domestic dog ecology and its implication

                        on infectious disease spread” (Mitantragstellerin)

2017               Fund for the promotion of young researchers, University of Bern, Grant für ein interdisziplinäres Workshop “Companion animal behaviour – basic research and clinical applications”

2013               CompCog grant für einen Forschungsaufenthalt an der University of Lincoln, England (Finanzierung durch den ESF, European Science Fund)

2011               ESF (European Science Foundation) grant für die Teilnahme und einen Vortrag an der ESCON (European Social Cognition Network) conference in Sligo, Irland

2010               CompCog grant für einen Studenten-Besuch an den Universitäten Lincoln, Bristol and Cambridge (financed by the ESF, European Science Fund)

2007               Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses, BIOSEB Summer School in Ecology and Biodiversity (Bialowieza, Poland)

Preise

2015               PhD “promotio sub auspiciis praesidentis” (Auszeichnung durch den österr. Präsidenten für herausragende akademische Leistungen während der Gymnasium-Oberstufe, BSc-Studium, Diplomstudium und Doktorat

2009               Prämierung der Diplomarbeit unter Berücksichtigung der Studienerfolge durch den Verein der Freunde der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik der Universität Wien

2006               Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Prize for an outstanding research project in the field of animal welfare (für die BSc-Arbeit)

2006               Institute of Biology Prize for best performance on a Biological Science Degree Course (für die BSc-Arbeit)

Workshop/ Konferenzorganisation

  • Zweitägiger Workshop “Companion Animal Behaviour – Basic research and clinical applications” (Fund for the Promotion of Young Researchers, University of Bern), 5.-6. April 2018, und assoziiertes Tagesseminar (“Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in the treatment of problem behaviour in dogs with Dr. Lindsay Mehrkam”), 7. April 2018
  • Mitorganisatorin der Vetsuisse Veterinary Public Health Conference 2018 und 2019

Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

  • Regelmässig Seminarreferentin für HundetrainerInnen und –halterInnen in der Schweiz, Deutschland und Österreich
  • Unterhaltung der “HundeUni Bern“ Facebook Seite, gelegentlich deutschsprachige Zusammenfassungen von Studien

Öffentliche Vorträge/Demonstrationen

  • 8in8 – Junge Forschende erzählen, Universität Bern, 2018
  • Nacht der Forschung, Universität Bern, 2017
  • Vortragsreihe “Biologie und Erkrankungen von Wildtieren”, Vetsuisse Fakultät Universität Zürich, 2016
  • Heimtierkreis-Seminar, Vetmeduni Wien, 2013
  • MinMed Tiere, Wien, 2012

Mitgliedschaften in Gremien

  • Wissenschaftliches Mitglied des Prüfungskomitees für tierschutzqualifizierte Hundetrainer, Messerli Institut, Vetmeduni Wien (www.vetmeduni.ac.at/hundetrainer)
  • Mitglied der Steuergruppe Spürhundewesen Schadorganismen Schweiz
  • Tierschutzbeauftragte für Hunde, Abteilung Tierschutz, Vetsuisse Fakultät, Universität Bern

Konferenzvorträge – invited speaker

18.11.2021: DVG Vet-Congress Berlin, Fachgruppe Verhaltensmedizin und Bissprävention,

  • Persönlichkeitsentwicklung bei Hunden – Die Rolle von Genetik, Epigenetik und Erfahrungen Teil 1
  • Persönlichkeitsentwicklung bei Hunden – Die Rolle von Genetik, Epigenetik und Erfahrungen Teil 2

22.09.2018: Jahrestagung der Vereinigung Österreichischer Kleintiermediziner (VÖK)

  • Strategien zur Angstvermeidung bei Hunden in der Kleintierpraxis
  • Emotionen bei Tieren verstehen
  • Medical Training bei Hunden – Wie Hunde bei Tierarzt und Körperpflege kooperieren lernen

Wissenschaftliche Publikationen mit Peer Review:

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Konferenzbeiträge*
* meine BSc, Master or PhD students sind kursiv geschrieben

Riemer S, von Büren R (2021) Operant and Pavlovian approaches to relaxation training in dogs and their (high) reported effectiveness in behaviour modification. Oral presentation at EVCBMAW 2021, 3rd European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare. Online, 7–9 October 2021.

Riemer S, Hirschi A, Mazzini A (2021) Dogs adjust ‘looking back’ behaviour in an unsolvable task paradigm based on who has rendered the reward inaccessible. Oral presentation at EVCBMAW 2021, 3rd European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare. Online, 7–9 October 2021.

Mazzini A, Senn K, Würbel H, Riemer S (2021) Phenotyping addictive-like behaviour towards toys in dogs and association with impulsivity. Oral presentation at EVCBMAW 2021, 3rd European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare. Online, 7–9 October 2021.

Mazzini A, Riemer S (2021) Association of owners‘ training style with obedience and behaviour problems in dogs. Poster presentation at EVCBMAW 2021, 3rd European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare. Online, 7–9 October 2021.

Stolzlechner L, Riemer S (2021) Exposure to controlled challenges increases stress resilience in dog puppies. Oral presentation at EVCBMAW 2021, 3rd European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare. Online, 7–9 October 2021.

Wess L, Böhm A, Schützinger M, Riemer S, Yee JR, Affenzeller N, Arhant C (2021) Effect of cooperative care training on physiological parameters and compliance in dogs undergoing a veterinary examination. Presentation at the 30th International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) Conference. Online, 22-24 June 2022.

Riemer S, Hirschi A, Mazzini A (2021) Who Is In Charge? Faced With An Unsolvable Task, Dogs Gaze Longer At The Person Responsible, Overriding Their Preference For Looking At The Owner. Oral presentation at the 7th Canine Science Forum, Online, 6-9 July 2021.

Bremhorst A, Mills D, Würbel H, Riemer S (2021) Facial Expressions Of Positive Anticipation And Frustration In Dogs Across Motivational Contexts. Oral presentation at the 7th Canine Science Forum, Online, 6-9 July 2021.

Mazzini A, Riemer S (2021). Association Of Owners‘ Training Style With Obedience And Behaviour Problems In Dogs. Poster presentation at the 7th Canine Science Forum, Online, 6-9 July 2021.

Mazzini A, Senn K, Würbel H, Riemer S (2021) Phenotyping Addictive-Like Behaviour Towards Toys In Dogs Using A Behaviour Test And Questionnaire. Oral presentation at the 7th Canine Science Forum, Online, 6-9 July 2021.

Monteleone F, Riemer S (2021) Interspecific And Solitary Playing Styles In Pet Dogs And Effects Of The Owner-Dog Relationship On Play Behaviour. Oral presentation at the 7th Canine Science Forum, Online, 6-9 July 2021.

Uccheddu S, Ronconi L, Albertini M, Coren S, Da Graça Pereira G, De Cataldo L, Haverbeke A, Mills DS, Pierantoni L, Riemer S, Testoni I, Pirrone F (2019) Changes in the behaviour of pet dogs after the death of a conspecific: is that grief? Oral presentation at the EVCBMAW 2021, 3rd European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare. Online, 7–9 October 2021.

Mazzini A, Senn K, Würbel H, Riemer S (2021) Phenotyping Addictive-Like Behaviour Towards Toys In Dogs Using A Behaviour Test And Questionnaire. ISAE 2021. Oral presentation at the 54th Congress of International Society for Applied Ethology. Online, 2-6 August 2021.

Riemer S & Stolzlechner L (2020) Exposure to controlled challenges increases stress resilience in dog puppies. Oral presentation at the ISAE 2020 Virtual Meeting, 7 August 2020.

Wirth S, Zinsstag J, Riemer S, Gebhardt-Henrich S, Hediger K (2019) The influence of human interaction on guinea pigs – Behavioural and thermomgraphic changes during animal assisted therapy. Poster presented at the ISAZ Conference. Orlando, Florida, 1-4 July, 2019.

Sauer F, Hermann M, Riemer S, Ramseyer A, Burger D, Bruckmaier R, Gerber V (2019) Management and behavioral factors affecting stress reactivity in sport horses. Oral presentation at the IGN – 51. Internationale Tagung Angewandte Ethologie, Freiburg, 28-31 November 2019.

Riemer S (2018) Risk factors for firework fears in dogs – and what really works for prevention and treatment. Oral presentation at the Vetsuisse Veterinary Public Health Conference, Zurich, 29 November 2018.

Riemer S, Gähwiler S (2018) Firework fears in dogs – links with health, demographics, behaviour problems, and owner training effort. Oral presentation at the European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare, a joint congress of the ECAWBM, ESVCE, AWSELVA and GTVMT, 28-29 September 2018

Uccheddu S, De Cataldo L, Testoni I, Ronconi L, Coren S, Da Graça Pereira G, Haverbeke A, Mills DS, Pierantoni L, Riemer S, Albertini M, Pirrone F (2019) The Mourning Dog project: validation of a novel instrument to recognize and evaluate grief in people after the death of a companion dog. Oral presentation at the European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare, a joint congress of the ECAWBM, ESVCE, AWSELVA and GTVMT, 28-29 September 2018

Riemer S, Bütler S, Würbel H, Huber A (2018) Habituation effects on food choice in dogs – implications for training. Poster at the Behaviour Meeting Berlin (European Veterinary Congress of Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare, a joint congress of the ECAWBM, ESVCE, AWSELVA and GTVMT, 28-29 September 2018

Riemer S, Gähwiler S (2018) Firework fears in dogs – associations with health, demographics, behaviour problems, and owner training effort. Poster at the Canine Science Forum, Budapest, 3-6 July 2018.

Riemer S, Huber A, Bütler S, Burman O (2018) Using food rewards effectively – factors affecting incentive motivation in dogs. Oral presentation at the Canine Science Forum, Budapest, 3-6 July 2018.

Huber A, Dael N, Caeiro C, Würbel H, Mills D, Riemer S (2018) DogBAP – the dog body action and posture coding system for the objective analysis of dogs’ behaviour. Poster at the Canine Science Forum, Budapest, 3-6 July 2018. 

Huber A, Dael N, Caeiro C, Würbel H, Mills D, Riemer S (2018) From BAP to DogBAP – Adapting a human body movement coding system for use in dogs. Oral presentation at the Measuring Behaviour Conference 2018, Manchester, 6-9 June 2018.

Sauer F, Hermann FM, Riemer S, Ramseyer A, Burger D, Bruckmaier G, Gerber V (2018)  Kortisolantwort nach ACTH-Stimulation von Hochleistungspferden und Amateurpferden verschiedener Disziplinen.Oral presentation at the Netzwerktagung Pferdeforschung Schweiz, Avenches, 19 April 2018.

Bütler S, Huber A, Würbel H, Riemer S (2017) Choice of food reinforcers in pet dogs – is there a variety effect? Poster at the VPH Annual Conference, Bern, 30 November 2017.

Riemer S, Assis L, Pike T, Mills DS (2017) Are your ears burning when I’m not there? Distance monitoring of positive and negative affective states in dogs with infrared thermography. Poster presented at UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) International Symposium 27th-29th June 2017. Royal Holloway, University of London, Surrey, UK. 

Riemer S, Assis L, Pike T & Mills, D (2016) Remote thermographic monitoring of ear temperature in relation to separation distress in dogs. Oral presentation at the VPH Annual Conference, Bern, 30 November 2016.

Turcsán B, Wallis L, Virányi Z, Range F, Müller C, Huber L, Riemer S (2016) The VIDOPET– A reliable and valid assessment of personality in pet dogs. Oral presentation at the Canine Science Forum 2016, Padova 28 June- 1 July, 2016.

Riemer S, Assis L, Pike T & Mills, D (2016) Remote thermographic monitoring of ear temperature in relation to separation distress in dogs. Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum 2016, Padova 28 June- 1 July, 2016.

Riemer S, Ellis S, Ryan S, Thompson H, Burman O (2015) Testing successive negative contrast in owned and shelter dogs. Poster presented at ASAB Summer Meeting, University of Lincoln (UK), 26-27 August 2015.

Riemer S, Müller C, Huber L Virányi Zs & Range F (2014) Behavioural development in companion dogs – assessments at three ages. Oral presentation at ISAZ 2014, Vienna, July 19-22, 2014.

Riemer S, Müller C, Virányi Zs, Huber L & Range F (2014) Validity of early behavioral assessments in dogs – a longitudinal study. Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum 2014, Lincoln, July 16-19, 2014.

Ellis S, Thompson H, Riemer S & Burman O (2014) Developing a novel method of assessing food preference in the domestic dog (Canis familiaris). Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum 2014, Lincoln, July 16-19, 2014.

Müller C, Riemer S, Virányi Zs, Range F & Huber L (2013) Dogs solve the support problem based on perceptual cues, Poster presented at the European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Prague, July 16-20, 2014.

Riemer S, Müller C, Turcsán B, Huber L, Virányi Zs & Range F (2013) Pet dogs‘ personality: consistency and change across time. Oral presentation at the International Veterinary Behavior Meeting, Lisbon, September 26-29, 2013

Riemer S, Müller C, Huber L Virányi Zs & Range F (2013) Personality development in pet dogs from puppyhood to adulthood – a longitudinal study. Oral presentation at Behaviour 2013, Newcastle, August 4-8, 2013.

Riemer S, Wright, H, Matos R, Range F & Mills D (2013) Cognitive correlates of impulsive behaviour in domestic dogs. Poster presented at the CompCog Conference 2013, Vienna, July 3-5 2013.

Riemer S, Wright, H & Mills D (2013)Long term reliability of impulsivity measures in domestic dogs over a 6-year period. Oral presentation at the ASAB Easter Conference 2013, Lincoln, April 4-5 2013.

Riemer S (2012) Dogs’ attention to connectivity: initial performance and learning in novel string-pulling tasks. Oral presentation at the Canine Science Forum 2012, Barcelona, July 25 – 27 2012.

Müller C, Riemer S, Virányi Zs, Huber L &, Range F (2012) Effect of inhibitory control on problem solving in dogs. Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum 2012, Barcelona, July 25 – 27 2012.

Riemer S (2011) Personality and social coping strategies in dog puppies. Oral presentation at ESCON Transfer of Knowledge Conference. August 24 – 28 2011 Sligo Ireland.

Riemer S (2010) Development of personality in dogs from puppyhood to adulthood. Oral presentation at the CompCog Student Exchange Visit at Lincoln University, 9th November 2011.

Riemer S, Müller C, Huber L, Range F, Kersting E & Virányi Zs (2010) How predictive are early puppy temperament tests? Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum 2010, Vienna, July 25 – 28 2010.

Müller C, Dörrenberg S, Mayer C, Riemer S, Huber L, Range F (2010) Understanding of size constancy in dogs. Poster presented at the Canine Science Forum 2010, Vienna, July 25 – 28 2010.

Riemer S (2009) Bestandsdichten und Habitatnutzung von Spechten im Nationalpark Donauauen (Niederösterreich). Oral presentation at the Birdlife Austria Annual Meeting, Illmitz, 22nd May 2009.

Riemer S, Frank G & Schulze CH (2009) Population Densities and Habitat Use of Woodpeckers in a Danube Floodplain Forest in Eastern Austria. Poster presented at the 142nd annual meeting of the Deutschen Ornithologen-Gesellschaft, Pörtschach, 1st – 5th October 2009.