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Profile and Structure


Research focus of the Institute of Zoology, one of the two biological Institutes of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo), is behavioral- and evolutionary research, as well as sensory- and neurobiology of vertebrates. This systemic approach is complemented by cellular neurophysiology. Research priority is on processes and mechanisms of the evolution and adaptation of animals to their environment –with special focus to hearing and communication− and the management of endangered animals. Specific vertebrate radiations of biomedical and/or evolutionary importance are used as models.


The scientific projects of the Institute are supported by different sponsors (e.g. DFG, DAAD, EU, NABU, DBU, Small Rufford Fund, VW-Foundation).


The Institute of Zoology of University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo) organizes and performs an essential part of the joint B.Sc. programme in Biology together with the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) and Hannover Medical School (MHH), covering obligatory- and electoral courses according to the ZEB-contract. Additionally it participates in the Master program “Animal Biology and Biomedical Sciences” at the TiHo. Further, the Institute participates in the training of PhD- and Doctoral students at the TiHo and LUH.

Structure of the institute

Director of the institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Elke Zimmermann

Institute of Zoology; University of Veterinary Medicine; Bünteweg 17, 30559 Hannover
Experimental Behavioral and evolutionary research
Prof. Dr. Elke Zimmermann
Behavioral ecology and conservation genetics
apl. Prof. Dr. Ute Radespiel
Dr. Marina Scheumann
Cognitive Ethology
Dr. Daniel Schmidtke
Neurophysiology and Neuroinfectiology
Prof. Felix Felmy
    Louise Delwen Franzen
Sensory Biology
PD Dr. Sabine Schmidt
  Tania Bosia, MSc. TÄ Annette Klein
  Auditory neurobiology
PD Dr. Karl-Heinz Esser
  TÄ Annika Trester
  Bio acoustics and eco ethology
apl. Prof. Dr. Heike Pröhl
Dr. Ariel Ricardo Rodriguez Gomez  
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