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Prof. Dr. Elke Zimmermann

Univ. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Zimmermann

Main interests

Behavioral Ecology and Conservation Biology

Projects involved:

     

    Biocommunication

    Projects involved:

    Cognitive Ethology

    Projects involved:

    Univ. Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Zimmermann

    Staff of the Research Group: Behavior and Evolution

    Staff List

     

    Prof. Dr. Elke Zimmermann

    Full Professor and Director; Experimental behavioral and evolutionary research; tropical biology; primatology; Research unit 499 of the German Research Foundation

    Prof. Dr. Ute Radespiel 
    Senior lecturer;  Behavioral ecology and conservation genetics, tropical biology in Madagascar.

     

    Dr. Marina Scheumann
    Research assistant and post doc, Biocommunication

     

    Dr. Daniel Schmidtke

    Research assistant and post doc

     

    Associated staff members

     

    Dr. Marine Joly

    Research Fellow, University of Portsmouth, UK

     

    Sharon Kessler, PhD

    Research Fellow, McGill University, Quebec, Canda

     

    Dr. Romule Rakotondravony

    Maitre de Conference, Université de Mahajanga, Madagascar

     

    Dr. Andriatahiana Rabesandratana

    Maitre de Conference, Université de Tuléar, Madagascar

     

    Rindrahatsarana Ramanankirahina, PhD
    Post-doc
     
    Prof. Dr. Blanchard Randrianambinina

    Maitre de Conference, Université de Mahajanga, Madagascar

     

    Prof. Dr. Solofonirina Rasoloharijaona  

    Maitre de Conference, Université de Mahajanga, Madagascar

     

    Marina Davila Ross, PhD

    Senior lecturer, University of Portsmouth, Centre for the Study of Emotion, Psychology Department, King Henry Building

     

    Ph.D. or Doctoral students (title), intramural

     

    Jennifer Brunke

    Habitat fragmentation in a tropical rainforest ecosystem: a case study on the genetic diversity of small mammal communities in the lower Kinabatangan floodplain in Borneo (Sabah, Malaysia)

     

    Marko Dubicanac

    Phenomenology and genesis of pathological changes of the aging eye in the animal model mouse lemur: a comparison of colonies with different annual rhythms.

     

    Mamy Rina Evasoa

    The evolution of female dominance in mouse lemurs: the effect of sex and species on social interactions


    Alida Frankline Hasiniaina

    Acoustic signal variation of mouse lemurs (Microcebus spp.): implications for taxonomy and conservation biology.

     

    Sarah Hohenbrink

    Development, physiology and consequences of female dominance in two basal primate models, the grey and the Goodman´s mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus and M. lehilahytsara)

     

    Annette Klaus

    Intestinal parasite communities in an endangered primate endemic to Borneo, the proboscis monkey, Nasalis larvatus (Wurmb 1787)

     

    Annette Klein
    Parasite communities in small-bodied Malagasy lemurs (Microcebus murinus and M. ravelobensis): the effect of sleeping sites, sex and season

     

    May Hokan

    Parasite communities in endangered Malagasy lemurs (Avahi occidentalisLepilemur edwardsi): the effect of sleeping sites, sex and season.

     

    Sabrina Linn

    Vocal communication in the Southern White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) and the impact of sex hormones.

     

    Diploma- / Master- / Bachelorstudents

     

    Lara Feistel, B.Sc., Lisa Gülker

     

    Alumni

     

    PD Dr.rer.nat. Ute Radespiel, PD Dr.rer.nat. Thomas Geissmann

     

    Dr.rer.nat Philipp Hohenbrink, Dr.rer.nat. Christian Schopf, Dr.rer.nat. Wiebke S. Konerding, Dr. Lalandy Sehen, Dr.rer.nat. Mathias Craul, Dr.rer.nat. Simone Schehka, Dr.rer.nat. Pia Braune, Dr.rer.nat. Marina Scheumann, Dr.rer.nat. Michael Großbach, Dr.rer.nat. Perris-Fabian Flügge, Dr.rer.nat. Heike Lutermann, Dr.rer.nat. Petra Ehresmann, Dr.rer.nat. Heike Pröhl, Dr.rer.nat. Vera Zietemann, Dr.rer.nat. Friederike Woog, Dr.rer.nat. Thomas G. Hafen, Dr.rer.nat. Ute Radespiel, Diplôme de doctorat Romule Rakotondravony, Diplôme de doctorat Andriatahiana Rabesandratana, Doctorat de troisième cycle Blanchard Randrianambinina, Doctorat de troisième cycle Solofonirina Rasoloharijaona


    Dr.med.vet. Franziska Quietsch, Dr.med.vet. Sabine Steinmetz, Dr.med.vet. Sandra Mester, Dr.med.vet. Eva Dujardin, Dr.med.vet. Frank Düsterhöft, Dr.med.vet. Stefanie Hannig, Dr.med.vet. Elisabeth Labes, Dr.med.vet. Wiebke Ena Reimann, Dr.med.vet. Barthel Schmelting

    Rindrahatsarana Ramanankirahina Ph.D., Sharon Kessler Ph.D, Sandra Thorén Ph.D., Lisette Leliveld Ph.D., Maria Méndez-Cárdenas Ph.D., Marina Davila-Ross Ph.D., Gillian Olivieri Ph.D., Ekatarina Klinkova Ph.D., Kristina Simonyan Ph.D., Barthel Schmelting Ph.D.

     

    Harmonie Klein, M.Sc., Oliver Kruse, M.Sc., Hélène Chotard, M.Sc., Alban Renard, M.Sc., Jennifer Brunke, M.Sc., Dinah Esser, M.Sc., Vivian Jürges, M.Sc., Philipp Kappel, M.Sc.

     

    Ricardo Schmidt, B.Sc., Carina Limburg, B.Sc., Mona Pape, B.Sc., Polina Schneider, B.Sc., Gehrmann, Alina B.Sc., Lena Langner, B.Sc, Christopher-Y. Egler, B.Sc., Julia Lange, B.Sc., Lara Feisterl, B.Sc., Lina Lange, B.Sc., Elisabeth Freitag, B.Sc., Sebastian Demtröder, B.Sc., Dana Erdtmann, B.Sc., Anke Johnsen, B.Sc., Tabea Tschimpke, B.Sc., Anke Wiechert, B.Sc., Julia Haenel, B.Sc., Jasmin Jatho, B.Sc., Anna-Elisa Roser, B.Sc., Maren Schimmer, B.Sc., Edda Bellmann, B.Sc., Christiane Hanisch, B.Sc., Daniela Jürgensen, B.Sc., Christopher Meusel, B.Sc., Heidi Pettit, B.Sc., Tobias Potthoff, B.Sc., Philipp Kappel, B.Sc., Fleur Lebhardt, B.Sc., Frank Roloff, B.Sc.

    Dipl.-Biol. Janina Eisenbeis, Dipl.-Biol. Nathalie Jäschke, Dipl.-Biol. Difei Li, Dipl.-Biol. Kathrin Röper, Dipl.-Biol. Björn Marschall, Dipl.-Biol. Pia Eichmüller, Dipl.-Biol. Anneke Herlyn, Dipl.-Biol. Hanna Kastein, Dipl.-Biol. Katja Borchert, Dipl.-Biol. Wiebke Köhler, Dipl.-Biol. Ina Leinweber, Dipl.-Biol. Miriam Linnenbrink, Dipl.-Biol. Jessica Roßberg, Dipl.-Biol. Nicole Schneider, Dipl.-Biol. Christian Schopf, Dipl.-Biol. Dennis von der Wall, Dipl.-Biol. Jan Dehne, Dipl.-Biol. Lisa-Marie Gerhardt, Dipl.-Biol. Arite Heuck, Dipl.-Biol. Philipp Mesecke, Dipl.-Biol. Esther Bunkus, Dipl.-Biol. Melanie Dietz, Dipl.-Biol. Marina Juric, Dipl.-Biol. Dina Sündermann, Dipl.-Biol. Miriam Wessels, Dipl.-Biol. Melanie Söhlke, Dipl.-Biol. Katarina Guschanski, Dipl.-Biol. Marina Davila Ross, Dipl.-Biol. Mathias Craul, Dipl.-Biol. Susanne Eichler, Dipl.-Biol. Kathrin Marquart, Dipl.-Biol. Simone Rosenkranz, Dipl.-Biol. Helene Altrichter, Dipl.-Biol. Nicole Hagenah, Dipl.-Biol. Vololonarivo Voahangiherinirina Harisoa, Dipl.-Biol. Jan Schulz, Dipl.-Biol. Andrea Weidt, Dipl.-Biol. Perris Flügge, Dipl.-Biol. Silke Polenz, Dipl.-Biol. Miriam Doye, Dipl.-Biol. Carola Peters, Dipl.-Biol. Antje Rendigs, Dipl.-Biol. Zübeyde Sarikaya, Dipl.-Biol. Sandra Bunte, Dipl.-Biol. Almut Hold, Dipl.-Biol. K.-O. Krüger, Dipl.-Biol. Karsten Pohl, Dipl.-Biol. Blanchard Randrianambinina, Dipl.-Biol. Antje Lindemann, Dipl.-Biol. Christina D. Büsching

    Arne Stünkel, Livia Wittiger, Sylke Eyring, Robert Dallmann

    Professional and scientific career

    1996

    Full Professor (C4) for Zoology and Director of the Institute of Zoology, TiHo Hannover

    1992 – 1996

    Heisenberg-fellow, German Primate Center (DPZ), Head of the Laboratory of Biocommunication at the DPZ

    1991 – 1992
    Heisenberg-fellow, University of Konstanz

    1990 – 1991

    Research scientist, LS Markl, Faculty of Biology, University of Konstanz

    1990

    Habilitation (PD with venia legendi in Zoology), University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim

    1985 – 1989

    Research scientist (Wiss. Assistentin), Institute of Zoology, University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim

    1985

    Dissertation (Dr.rer. nat.), University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim

    1982 – 1985

    Graduate student research assistant, Institute of Zoology, University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim

    1977 – 1982

    Study of Biology (Diplom), University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim
    Diploma degree (Dipl.-Biol.)

    07. – 08.1978

    Undergraduate student research assistant, Institute of Anthropology, University of Göttingen, Project: Behavioral development of marmosets (Callithrichidae, Primates)

    Recents Publications

    I. Articles in peer reviewed journals

     

    2016

     

    Zimmermann E (in press): High frequency/ultrasonic Communication in Basal Primates, the Mouse and Dwarf Lemurs of Madagascar. In: Brudzynski SM: Handbook of Ultrasonic Vocalizations. Elsevier.

     

    Kappeler PM.; Cuozzo FP.; Fichtel C.; Ganzhorn, JU.; Gursky-Doyen S.; Irwin MT.; Ichino S.; Lawler R.; Nekaris KA.; Ramanamanjato J-B.; Radespiel U.; Sauther ML.; Wright PC.; Zimmermann E. (submitted): Longterm field studies of lemurs, lorises and tarsiers. 

     

    Scheumann M.; Hasting AS.; Zimmermann E.; Kotz SA. (submitted): Human novelty response to emotional animal vocalizations: disentangeling the effects of evolution and experience.

     

    Zimmermann E. (in press): Evolutionary origins of primate vocal communication: diversity, flexibility and complexity of vocalizations in basal primates. In: Quam R, Ramsier M, Fay RR,Popper A (ed): Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Primate Hearing and Communication

     

    Articles in peer reviewed journals

     

    Books and Contributions to books

     

    Abstracts of international conferences 2016 - 1999

    Awards & grants

    • Research grant from European Community‘s 7th Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 278486: DEVELAGE: genomic, morphological and behavioral evaluation of the mouse lemur, an emerging new primate model for brain aging research (in collaboration with J.-M. Verdier): since 2012
    • Research grant MWK NS (PhD Programm ‘Hearing’): 2009 –2012
    • Small research grants from private donors: since 2008
    • Research grant by BIOPAT e.V.: 2008
    • Research grant from EU (Marie-Curie Actions) : 2006 – 2009
    • Research grants from Volkswagen Foundation: 2003 – 2008 (projects I/72 968, I/76 828)
    • Scientific exchange grants by the DAAD, including PROCOPE : since 1997
    • Heisenberg fellow of the DFG: 1992-1996
    • Research grants from DFG: since 1984 (previous projects ZI 345/15, ZI 345/16)
    • Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes: 1983-1985

    Editorial board

      • Primate Biology (since 2014)
      • PLoS One (since 2014)
      • Peer Journal (since 2014)
      • Interaction studies (since 2004)
      • Zoology - Analysis of Complex Systems (1993 – 1999)


         

        Review for

        Funding Agencies

         

         

        National Science Foundation (USA), National Institute of Health (NIH, USA), The Leakey Foundation (USA), Claude Leon Foundation (SA), South African National Science Foundation,  Belgian National Science Foundation; Polish National Science Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Deutsche Herzstiftung, German Research Foundation (DFG), Volkswagen-Stiftung, Leopoldina, Society for Technical Cooperation (GTZ and ATSAF), International Union for the Conservation of Nature, German Academic Exchange Council (DAAD), Schweizerischer Nationalfond zur Förderung von Wissenschaften (SNF), Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Cusanus Werk, Studienwerk Villigst, Bundesamt für Naturschutz

         

        Professional journals

         

         

        Animal Behaviour, American Journal of Primatology,  American Journal of Mammalogy, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Biology Letters, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Behaviour, Current Anthropology, Current Biology, Ethology, Folia primatologia, Functional Ecology, International Journal of Primatology, Journal of the Acoustic Society of America, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Musicae Scientia, Nature Communication, Naturwissenschaften, Oecologia, PlosOne, Primates, Proceedings of the Royal Society B,  Scientific Report, Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Flora, Salamandra,  Tierärztliche Wochenschrift,  Zoologischer Anzeiger, Zoologische Reihe (Mitt. Mus. Naturk. Berlin)

        Organizer/Co-organizer of the following workshops, symposia or conferences

        2013

         

        International Prosimian Congress, Ranomafana, Madagascar, Symposium: “Prosimian Voices- Adaptation and Diversity“ with Claudia Fichtel (DPZ, Göttingen)

         

        2010

         

        International Symposium „Evolution of emotional communication 2: from
        animal sounds to speech and music in man” with Eckart Altenmüller (HMTH), April, Reisensburg


        XVII Congress of the International Primatological Society, September, Kyoto, Japan, Symposium: “Evolution of lateralization in primates: current insights from prosimians to humans” with Cathérine Blois-Heulin (CNRS, Rennes)
            
        2009

         

        Organization of the XI. Meeting of the Society for Primatology, Hannover, TiHo together with Prof. Dr. Radespiel, Dr. Marine Joly, Lisette Leliveld, PhD and Dr. Marina Scheumann

        2007

         

        International Symposium „Evolution of emotional communication 1: from
        animal sounds to speech and music in man” with Sabine Schmidt (TiHo) and  Eckart Altenmüller (HMTH), September, Hannover


        Symposium “Ecological and behavioral plasticity in prosimians” with Ute Radespiel (TiHo), July, International Conference on the Prosimii, Ithala, South Africa

        2005

         

        Satellite-Symposium; “ Acoustics of emotions in nonhuman mammals and man“ with Sabine Schmidt (TiHo) and Eckart Altenmüller (HMTH), 6thMeeting of the German Neuroscience Society, February, Göttingen

        2003

         

        International Ethological Conference, August, Florianopolis, Brazil, “Acoustic communication of emotions in nonhuman mammals and man“ with Sabine Schmidt (TiHo) and Eckart Altenmüller (HMTH)

        1998

         

        XVII Congress of the International Primatological Society, August, Antananarivo, Madagascar, ”Species diversity and speciation in strepsirhine primates” (with Judith Masters, University of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa), preparation of a special volume for the International Journal of Primatology.

        1996


        International Senckenberg Conference: Global Biodiversity Research in Europe, December, Frankfurt , D, ”Bioacoustics as a tool in taxonomy, systematics and the assessment of biodiversity” (with Gustav Peters, Musuem Alexander König, Bonn)

        1992


        XIV Congress of the International Primatological Society, August,  
        Strasbourg, F, ”Current Topics in Vocal Communication” (with Uwe Jürgens, DPZ Göttingen, and John Newman, NICHD, Pollesville, USA), see in publication list

        Further scientific activities

        since 2004

        Board of directors of the Center for Systems Neuroscience, Hannover

         

        2003 - 2012
        Spokeswoman for the DFG Research Unit (FOR 499): Acoustic communication of emotions in nonhuman mammals and man (For499)

         

        1997 - 2005

        Board of the DFG Graduiertenkolleg “Perspectives of Primatology” (GK 289)

         

        1998 - 2006

        Advisory board of the German Primate Center (DPZ)


        1998 - 2001

        President of the Society for Primatology (GfP)

         

        1994 - 2000

        member of the Board of Directors of the IUCN-DAPTF

         

        Membership in professional societies

        • 1994 Verband Deutscher Biologen
        • 1993 Neurowissenschaftliche Gesellschaft
        • 1992 Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte
        • 1991 American Association for the Advancement of Science
        • 1989 Gesellschaft für Primatologie, (Society for Primatology)
        • 1988 International Primatological Society
        • 1988 Gesellschaft für Tropenökologie, (Society for Tropical Ecology)
        • 1983 Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft, (German Zoological Society)
        • 1980 Ethologische Gesellschaft, (Ethological Society)
        • 1978 Association for the Study of Animal Behavior
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