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Sophie von Merten

Sophie von Merten

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Department: Faculty of Sciences, Animal Biology
  • Research Group: Adaptation Biology & Ecological Processes
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : AU=(von Merten S)
  • 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

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

Research interests

behavioural ecology, acoustic communication, animal personality, small mammals

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WoS Papers (9)
von Merten S., Siemers B.M. (2012) Exploratory behaviour in shrews: fast-lived Sorex versus slow-lived Crocidura. In: Animal Behaviour. 84, 1, 29-38.
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). In: Plos One. 9, 5,
Zsebek S., Czaban D., Farkas J., Siemers B.M., von Merten S. (2015) Acoustic species identification of shrews: Twittering calls for monitoring. In: Ecological Informatics. 27, 1-10.
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. In: Animal Cognition. 15, 4, 495-504.
Siemers B.M., Schauermann G., Turni H., von Merten S. (2009) Why do shrews twitter? Communication or simple echo-based orientation. In: Biology Letters. 5, 5, 593-596.
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. In: Journal Of Neuroscience Methods. 141, 2, 283-290.
Hoier S., Pfeifle C., von Merten S., Linnenbrink M. (2016) Communication at the Garden Fence - Context Dependent Vocalization in Female House Mice. In: Plos One. 11, 3,
von Merten S., Zwolak R., Rychlik L. (2017) Social personality: a more social shrew species exhibits stronger differences in personality types. In: Animal Behaviour. 127, 125-134.
Linnenbrink M., von Merten S. (2017) No speed dating please! Patterns of social preference in male and female house mice. In: Frontiers In Zoology. 14,
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