Dr. Henrik Brumm
Dr. Henrik Brumm
Group Leader

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Contact Person

Diana Werner
Diana Werner
Phone:+49 8157 932-375Fax:+49 8157 932-344

Group Members

Dr Sue Anne Zollinger, PhD
Dr Sue Anne Zollinger, PhD
Research Scientist
Phone:+49 8157 932-352Fax:+49 8157 932-344

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Adriana Dorado Correa
Adriana Dorado Correa
Phone:+49 8157 932-351Fax:+49 8157 932-344
Sam Hardman, Ph.D.
Sam Hardman, Ph.D.
Guest Researcher
Phone: +49 8157 932-350
Dr Erwin Nemeth
Dr Erwin Nemeth
Associated Scientist

Former group members

Dr. Javier Bueno-Enciso
  Guest scientist 2014
Prof. Emily Doolittle
  Composer in residence 2011-2012
Sophie Jaquier
  Technical Assistant 2008-2009
Dr. Ana Martins
  Research Scientist 2010-2012
Dr. Nadia Pieretti
  Guest scientist 2010-2011

Dr. Mathias Ritschard
  Postgraduate 2008-2012
Dr. Rouven Schmidt
  Research Scientist 2008
Sophie Schuster
  Graduand 2011


About us

Research Group Communication and Social Behaviour

Bird song is one of the most widely used models to study sexual selection and communication in animals. Our group investigates the mechanisms and behavioural ecology of bird song following a problem-guided approach. We are interested in how birds produce their songs, how they use them to exchange information, and how their signals are adjusted in response to changes in the environment.

We believe that an integrative approach is necessary for an understanding of animal behaviour. In our research we investigate acoustic signalling from many angles, including: vocal physiology, learning and development, mate choice, male-male competition, behavioural endocrinology, and environmental and biophysical constraints.

The main focus of our research is on communication and social behaviour in birds, but selected research questions also comprise comparative studies in primates, lizards and insects. Empirical work involves laboratory-based investigations as well as field studies in Austria, EcuadorFrance, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Here you will find a list of our current research projects

Here you will find the publications from our research group

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