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Dr. Ivonne Meuche

Main Interests


Behavioral ecology of anuran amphibians

Ecology, conservation and genetics

  • impact of racoon predation on amphibian populations

Professional and scientific career

since 2011

Research assistant at the Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo Hannover)

2006 - 2009

Research assistant at the Institute of Zoology (TiHo Hannover); DFG-project PR623/3-1


2004 - 2009

Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.): Female mate choice tactic and preferences as well as the importance of communication signals in the neotropical strawberry poison frog, Oophaga pumilio

2002 - 2004

Student research assistant at the Department of Animal Ecology & Tropical Biology and the Department of Behavioral Physiology & Sociobiology, University of Würzburg

1999 - 2003
Study of biology (Diploma) at the Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg
Diploma thesis: “Influence of energetic limitations on breeding behaviour of male European tree frogs (Hyla arborea) (Anura, Hylidae)

2000 - 2001
Study of  tropical biology, ecology, animal behavior and herpetology at the University of Costa Rica (UCR)

1996 - 1999

Study of biology (pre-degree), Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena

Awards & grants

  • First award for poster presentation at the 6th International Zoo and Wildlife Research Conference on Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics in Berlin (2007)
  • Research Fellowship by the DAAD (2004  - 2006)
  • DAAD fellowship (2000 - 2001)

Further scientific activities

  • Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft (DZG)
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles (SSAR)


I. Articles in peer reviewed journals




Meuche, I., K.E. Linsenmair und H. Pröhl (2012). Intrasexual competition, territoriality and acoustic communication in male strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology: online first [DOI 10.1007/s00265-011-1309-9]




Meuche, I. und H. Pröhl (2011). Alternative mating tactics in the strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio). The Herpetological Journal 21: 275-277    


Meuche, I., K.E. Linsenmair und H. Pröhl (2011). Female territoriality in the strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio). Copeia 3: 351-356




Meuche, I. (2009). Changes of individual colour patterns in the Central American strawberry poison frog, Oophaga pumilio (Anura: Dendrobatidae). Salamandra 45: 177-179


Meuche, I. and Grafe, T.U. (2009). Supplementary feeding affects the breeding behaviour of male European treefrogs (Hyla arborea). BMC Ecology 9:1 (Open Access)                                         




Grafe, T.U. and Meuche, I. (2005). Chorus tenure and estimates of population size of male European tree frogs Hyla arborea: implications for conservation. Amphibia-Reptilia 26: 437-444             




Meuche, I. and T.U. Grafe. 2004. Nummerierte Hautimplantate – eine alternative Markierungsmethode für den Europäischen Laubfrosch (Hyla arborea)? Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie Supplement 5: 153-158. 



II. Articles without peer review




Meuche, I. (2009). Oophaga pumilio – Das Erdbeerfröschchen im Brennpunkt der Forschung. Terraria 20: 34-39    


Meuche, I. (2009). Alle Jahre wieder. Reptilia 76: 3                                                                       




Meuche, I. (2008). Costa Ricas Hitoy Cerere, das Tor zum Land des Sibú. Terraria 13: 70-81




Meuche, I. (2004). Auf den Spuren des Rotaugenlaubfrosches. DATZ. 57 (1/2004): 12-15 


III. Book chapter




Meuche, I. (2001) Agregación de renacuajos de Bufo melanochlorus (Anura, Bufonidae) con relación a algunos factores abióticos y bióticos. In: F. Bolaños (ed.) Curso de Biologia de Campo. Universidad de Costa Rica: 189-193 


2011 - 2012

Supervisor: „Spezielle Zoologie für Tiermediziner“ (TiHo Hannover)
Co-supervisor of master and bachelor students


Co-supervisor of the lab course: “ Experimental behavioural biology ” (TiHo Hannover)


Co-supervisor of diploma students, dealing with: „Mate selection in polymorphic populations of the neotropical strawberry poison frog, Oophaga pumilio“ and „Influence of parasite load on bioacoustic and spectral parameters of the strawberry poison frog (Oophaga pumilio) in Hitoy Cerere, Costa Rica”
Co-supervisor: field course in animal ecology and herpetology, Costa Rica

2005 - 2006

Supervisor: field course tropical ecology and herpetology, Costa Rica


Supervisor: field course in „Behavioral ecology of the European treefrog (Hyla arborea)“ (Department for Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg)

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