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  Sophie von Merten  
  Phone: 968-144-357  
  e-mail: svmerten@fc.ul.pt  
  Category: Collaborator  
  Department: Faculty of Sciences, Animal Biology  
  Research group: Adaptation Biology & Ecological Processes
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  Title: Solitary twittering of shrews - The missing link between vocal communication and echolocation in mammals?
  Supervisor: Maria da Luz Mathias & Lutz Wiegrebe
  Category: BO
  Grant type: BPD
  Funding entity: FCT
  Grant reference: SFRH/BPD/118053/2016
  Start date: 2017-09-01
  End date: 2020-08-31
Research interests

behavioural ecology, acoustic communication, animal personality, small mammals

for more information on me: http://polilla.de/shrewcology/.....

Academic career and Professional experience

Academic career
2011: PhD in Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany (24.05.2011)
2003: Diploma in Biology (corresponding to MSc), Department of Zoology, University of Munich, Germany.

Professional experience in research
2017 - present: Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal (postdoctoral fellow FCT: SFRH/BPD/118053/2016)
2016 - 2017: Department for Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany (postdoc)
2013 - 2016: Department for Systematic Zoology, Adam Mickewicz University, Poznań, Poland: (postdoctoral fellow Marie-Curie: PIEF-GA-2012-332331)
2011 - 2013: Department for Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany (postdoc)
2006 - 2011 Max Planck Research Group of PD Dr. Björn Siemers, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany (PhD student)

Professional experience outside research
2005 - 2006: Group of Prof. Dr. York Winter, University of Munich, Germany:
- employed in line with the a german founder program EXIST-SEED (BMBF)
- development of instrumentation for the collection of behavioural data
2004 - 2005: „St. Petersburgische Zeitung“ in St. Petersburg, Russia:
- journalistic and editorial internship
2003 - 2004: Group of Prof. Dr. York Winter, University of Munich, Germany:
- building, testing and documentation of automated experimental setups

  1. von Merten S., Zwolak R., Rychlik L. (2017) Social personality: a more social shrew species exhibits stronger differences in personality types. Animal Behaviour. 127, 125-134. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Linnenbrink M., von Merten S. (2017) No speed dating please! Patterns of social preference in male and female house mice. Frontiers In Zoology. 14, (see details) ISI paper
  3. Hoier S., Pfeifle C., von Merten S., Linnenbrink M. (2016) Communication at the Garden Fence - Context Dependent Vocalization in Female House Mice. Plos One. 11, 3, (see details) ISI paper
  4. Zsebek S., Czaban D., Farkas J., Siemers B.M., von Merten S. (2015) Acoustic species identification of shrews: Twittering calls for monitoring. Ecological Informatics. 27, 1-10. (see details) ISI paper
  5. von Merten S., Hoier S., Pfeifle C., Tautz D. (2014) A Role for Ultrasonic Vocalisation in Social Communication and Divergence of Natural Populations of the House Mouse (Mus musculus domesticus). Plos One. 9, 5, (see details) ISI paper
  6. von Merten S., Siemers B.M. (2012) Exploratory behaviour in shrews: fast-lived Sorex versus slow-lived Crocidura. Animal Behaviour. 84, 1, 29-38. (see details) ISI paper
  7. Page R.A., von Merten S., Siemers B.M. (2012) Associative memory or algorithmic search: a comparative study on learning strategies of bats and shrews. Animal Cognition. 15, 4, 495-504. (see details) ISI paper
  8. Siemers B.M., Schauermann G., Turni H., von Merten S. (2009) Why do shrews twitter? Communication or simple echo-based orientation. Biology Letters. 5, 5, 593-596. (see details) ISI paper
  9. Winter Y., Von Merten S., Kleindienst H.U. (2005) Visual landmark orientation by flying bats at a large-scale touch and walk screen for bats, birds and rodents. Journal Of Neuroscience Methods. 141, 2, 283-290. (see details) ISI paper