V.C. (Vivian) Goerlich-Jansson
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Of special interest to Vivian Goerlich-Jansson are maternal effects, i.e. the non-genetic influence the maternal phenotype has on the offspring phenotype. Maternal effects can affect offspring development postnatal, through maternal behaviour and the provision of nutrition, or even more intriguing, prenatal, i.e. before birth. Hormones from maternal origin are one of the mediators of prenatal maternal effects.

In mammals, studies of maternal hormones are hampered by the close connection between the foetal and maternal system. In oviparous species (birds, reptiles), however, the embryo develops outside the mothers body in the egg. Eggs contain substantial amounts of maternal hormones that can easily be measured and/or manipulated to study a) the effects of the environment of the breeding female on the deposition of hormones to the egg and b) the effects of maternal hormones on chick development.  Even sex determination seems to be influenced by maternal hormones, an important field of research given the killing of day-old male chicks in the chicken industry or breeding programs for endangered species.  Dr. Goerlich-Jansson has studied these topics so far in song birds, pigeons, chicken, Japanese quail and Meerkats.

At Dier in Wetenschap en Maatschappij, Vivian Goerlich-Jansson plans to elucidate how maternal effects contribute to shaping an individual’s adaptive capacity, i.e. the capability to cope with its environment, a concept crucial to animal welfare.


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Curriculum vitae

Professional research experience                                                                                                                

01/2016 – present Assistant professor, Animal Welfare & Laboratory Animal Science, Department Animals in Science & Society, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

01/2015 – 12/2015 Postdoctoral researcher, Animal Welfare & Laboratory Animal Science, Department Animals in Science & Society, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

11/2012 – 12/2014 Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Animal Behaviour, University of Bielefeld, Germany: Evolution of transgenerational effects: function & genetics of epigenetics. Funded by the Volkswagen Foundation

03/2012-08/2012 Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University/ Kalahari Meerkat Project, South Africa: Mechanisms of female dominance and reproductive skew in meerkats. PI: Prof. Christine Drea

11/2009-03/2012 Postdoctoral researcher, AVIAN Behavioural Genomics and Physiology Group, University of Linköping, Sweden: Endocrinology of domestication. PI: Prof. Per Jensen

08/2009-10/2009 Postdoctoral researcher, University of Antwerpen, Belgium: Heritability of yolk hormone deposition. PI: Dr. Wendt Müller



01/2005-06/2009 PhD project: “Manipulative Mothers – Maternal steroid hormones and avian offspring sex ratio. Studies in the homing pigeon.” Advisors: Prof. Ton Groothuis and Dr. Cor Dijkstra, Behavioural Biology, University of Groningen (RUG), The Netherlands

01/12/2004 Diploma in biology, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany

03/2004-12/2004 Master thesis: “Altitudinal modulation of the stress response in black redstarts, Phoenicurus ochruros." Advisors: Prof. Eberhard Gwinner and Dr. Wolfgang Goymann, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Andechs, Germany

05/2003 –08/2003 Field assistance in the Cheetah Research Project promoted by the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Berlin), Namibia

10/1998 Studies in the Department of Biology at the Georg-August University, Göttingen, and the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany. Major subject: Ecology, Minor subjects: Zoology,Wildlife Biology and Management, Land-use Management and Conservation.

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Alle publicaties
  Artikelen - 2018
Guenther, A, Groothuis, AGG, Krüger, O & Goerlich, V.C. (03-07-2018). Cortisol during adolescence organises personality traits and behavioural syndromes. Hormones and Behavior, 103, (pp. 129-139).
Langen, E.M.A., von Engelhardt, Nikolaus & Goerlich, V.C. (22-04-2018). No evidence for sex-specific effects of the maternal social environment on offspring development in Japanese quail (<i>Coturnix japonica</i>). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 263, (pp. 12-20).
Dietz, L., Arnold, A.K., Goerlich, V.C. & Vinke, C.M. (2018). The importance of early life experiences for the development of behavioural disorders in domestic dogs. Behaviour, 155 (2-3), (pp. 83-114).
  Artikelen - 2017
  Artikelen - 2015
Elfwing, Magnus, Natt, Daniel, Goerlich - Jansson, Vivian, Persson, Mia, Hjelm, Jonas & Jensen, Per (15-05-2015). Early Stress Causes Sex-Specific, Life-Long Changes in Behaviour, Levels of Gonadal Hormones, and Gene Expression in Chickens. PLoS One, 10 (5) (15 p.).
  Artikelen - 2013
Goerlich - Jansson, Vivian & Groothuis, Ton G.G. (2013). Manipulation of Primary Sex Ratio in Birds: Lessons from the Homing Pigeon (Columba livia domestica). Integrative and Comparative Biology, 53 (6), (pp. 902-912).
  Artikelen - 2012
Vergauwen, Jonas, Goerlich, Vivian C., Groothuis, Ton G. G., Eens, Marcel & Muller, Wendt (01-03-2012). Food conditions affect yolk testosterone deposition but not incubation attendance. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 176 (1), (pp. 112-119) (8 p.).
Mueller, Wendt, Goerlich, Vivian C., Vergauwen, Jonas, Groothuis, Ton G. G. & Eens, Marcel (15-01-2012). Sources of variation in yolk hormone deposition - Consistency, inheritance and developmental effects. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 175 (2), (pp. 337-343) (7 p.).
Goerlich, Vivian C., Natt, Daniel, Elfwing, Magnus, Macdonald, Barry & Jensen, Per (2012). Transgenerational effects of early experience on behavioral, hormonal and gene expression responses to acute stress in the precocial chicken. Hormones and Behavior, 61 (5), (pp. 711-718) (8 p.).
  Artikelen - 2011
Casagrande, Stefania, Dijkstra, Cor, Tagliavini, James, Goerlich, Vivian C. & Groothuis, Ton G. G. (2011). Differential effects of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and estradiol on carotenoid deposition in an avian sexually selected signal. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology, 197 (1), (pp. 1-13) (13 p.).
Mueller, Wendt, Groothuis, Ton G. G., Goerlich, Vivian C. & Eens, Marcel (28-07-2011). GnRH - a Missing Link between Testosterone Concentrations in Yolk and Plasma and Its Intergenerational Effects. PLoS One, 6 (7) (7 p.).
  Artikelen - 2010
Dijkstra, Cor, Riedstra, Bernd, Dekker, Arjan, Goerlich, Vivian C., Daan, Serge & Groothuis, Ton G. G. (2010). An adaptive annual rhythm in the sex of first pigeon eggs. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64 (9), (pp. 1393-1402) (10 p.).
Goerlich, V. C., Dijkstra, C., Boonekamp, J. J. & Groothuis, T. G. G. (2010). Change in Body Mass Can Overrule the Effects of Maternal Testosterone on Primary Offspring Sex Ratio of First Eggs in Homing Pigeons. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 83 (3), (pp. 490-500) (11 p.).
Goerlich, Vivian C., Dijkstra, Cor & Groothuis, Ton G. G. (01-07-2010). Effects of In Vivo Testosterone Manipulation on Ovarian Morphology, Follicular Development, and Follicle Yolk Testosterone in the Homing Pigeon. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology, 313A (6), (pp. 328-338) (11 p.).
Goerlich, Vivian C., Dijkstra, Cor & Groothuis, Ton G. G. (2010). No evidence for selective follicle abortion underlying primary sex ratio adjustment in pigeons. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 64 (4), (pp. 599-606) (8 p.).
  Artikelen - 2009
Goerlich, V. C., Dijkstra, C., Schaafsma, S. M. & Groothuis, T. G. G. (2009). Testosterone has a long-term effect on primary sex ratio of first eggs in pigeons-in search of a mechanism. General and Comparative Endocrinology, 163 (1-2), (pp. 184-192) (9 p.).
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Grants and funding                                                                                                                                      


Research grant, Dr. J. L. Dobberke Stichting, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen: “Maternal effects of social dominance on behaviour and physiology in Japanese quail.”

“Individual coping capacity during the development of intra- and inter-specific attachment bonds in dog puppies.”

Research grant, Koninklijke Hondenbescherming: “Development of intra- and interspecific attachment in dog puppies.”


Research grant, University of Bielefeld: “How to preserve steroids in egg yolk?”.

Research grant, Volkswagen Foundation: “Social modulation of the immune response and transgenerational effects.”


Research grant, post doc and PhD position, Volkswagen Foundation: “Evolution of transgenerational effects: function & genetics of epigenetics.”

Research grant, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences: "The role of proximate, hormonal factors for the evolution of cooperative kin societies – an experimental field approach."


Travel grant, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas)


Research grant, Dr. J. L. Dobberke Stichting, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen: “Improving quality of stress research and animal welfare: Alternative methods to manipulate corticosterone in birds.”


Transponder system from the Dutch Homing pigeon association


Travel grant, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)



Languages       German, native; English and Dutch, fluent; Swedish and French, basic.

Certifications   Laboratory Animal Experimentation, Article 9 Certification, RUG; Practical Radiation Protection, level 5B Certification, RUG

Laboratory      Set-up of endocrinology laboratory, extensive experience in (non-invasive) hormone analyses using radio- and enzyme- immunoassay, avian molecular genetics, photometry

Practical          Animal handling, bird capture using traps and mist nests, blood sampling, surgery (small mammals, small and large birds), behavioural data collection and analysis, anaesthesia

Referee           Avian Biology Research, Journal of Avian Biology, Behavioural Brain Research, Behavioural Ecology, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Biology Letters, General & Comparative Endocrinology, Physiological & Biochemical Zoology. Research Foundation -Flanders (FWO).

Host of the International Seminar on “Perinatal Effects Shaping Individual Phenotypes”, 2011, Linköping University, Sweden

Member of the International Society for Applied Ethology

LINK of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare




Aline Bertin, INRA, France

Barbara Caspers, Bielefeld University, Germany

Nikolaus von Engelhardt, Bielefeld University, Germany

Michael Griesser, Bern University, Switzerland

Elske de Haas, INRA, France

Tobias Krause, Bielefeld University, Germany

Ralf Mullers, Limpopo Research Centre, South Africa

Yvonne van Zeeland en Niko Schuurman, Utrecht University


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Promotor PhD project Esther Langen: Evolution of transgenerational effects: function & genetics of epigenetics. The effects of the social environment on behaviour, hormones, and gene expression across several generations of Japanse quail (Coturnix japonica).

Supervision of several B.Sc., M.Sc., and PhD student projects relating to maternal effects, stress and learning, behavioural phenotyping.

Lab training "Measurement of steroid hormones in plasma and egg yolk."

Coordinator master course 'Ethology and Welfare"

Lectures on maternal effects and animal communication,

Mentor in the MINT program offered by Cybermentor



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