Professor of Primate Cognition at the University of Göttingen and Head of the Cognitive Ethology Laboratory at the German Primate Center.
Her research centers on the selective pressures and evolutionary constraints that operate on the social behavior and the cognitive abilities and decision-making processes of Old World monkeys. In Simenti, Senegal, her laboratory is exploring the factors that shape the diversity of social systems in the genus Papio by collecting long-term data on 180 individually identified wild Guinea baboons. The team are also studying the social behavior and cognition of Barbary macaques in the “Forêt des Singes” reserve (Rocamadour, France) and long-tailed macaques at the German Primate Center.
Fischer is a member of the Senate of the DFG (German Research Association) and a former chair of an ERC Starting Grants Panel. Among other distinctions, she is a member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities.