Sarah Vlasitz

University University of Vienna
Project at the WSC Vocal flexibility in wolves
With us since January 2017
Favourite animal at the WSC Aragorn & Etu
Favourite howling Taima
Favourite wolf film Princess Mononoke

When I was still a child I obviously had no clue what a scientist's life would really look like, yet my answer to the question "What do you want to be when you're grown up?" has always been "a researcher.“ My immature brain already expressed the desire to explore the fauna of this world in more detail - collecting and categorizing snail shells was just as much fun for me as playing with my dogs and cats and observing them.

My interest didn't wane throughout my whole time in school - that's why I ended up at the Karl-Franzens University in Graz for my Bachelor's in Biology, and afterwards in Vienna for my Master's where I started focusing on Cognition Biology specifically.

The Wolf Science Center caught my attention because it's so unique. The opportunity to work closely with big mammals like wolves (and their domesticated cousins), experimentally even, is incredibly tempting. One of my goals is to get as many different experiences as possible under my belt during my time as a student. This unfamiliar environment will force me to push my limits, which is exactyl what I want and need. Since I already worked with bees, spiders and ravens in the past I simply had to apply for an internship here. Needless to say I was overjoyed when I received a positive response.

During my time in Vienna I fell in love with bioacoustics, which is why I want to take a closer look at the vocal communication of the wolves for my Master's thesis. I'm very much looking forward to listening to their howling, record it and analyse it on the computer afterwards.