Dr. Susanne Seltmann

Dr. Susanne Seltmann

Postdoctoral Researcher
IMPRS Alumni
MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen
Research Group Vallentin

Main Focus


During a conversation, we need to be able to articulate ourselves and listen to a counterpart. Sometimes it is necessary to adjust our vocal output depending on external feedback i.e. we need to talk and listen at the same time. The zebra finch, who serves as model organism for vocal learning and communication, cannot process auditory input while singing actively. Other songbirds, however, have the ability to sing while adjusting their song to other vocalizations. Some are even capable to directly copy the song of their counterpart (‘song matching’). I aim to investigate how their brain is able to perform this complicated task which will help to better understand the neuronal processes necessary for vocal communication.


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2019     Postdoctoral fellow, Research Group Neural Circuits for Vocal Communication, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
2018 – 2019    Postdoctoral fellow, Department for Animal Behaviour & Neurophysiology, Freie Universität Berlin
2016 – 2017    Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Behavioural Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
2010 – 2016    PhD student, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (International Max Planck Research School for Organismal biology)
2003 – 2009    Diploma in Biology (Technische Universität München, focus on zoology, ecology and behaviour)

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