Simon William Townsend

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Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Marta Manser)

Research Interests

Animal vocal communication; acoustics; language evolution; syntax; phonology; social cognition; comparative psychology; animal behaviour; evolutionary anthropology; hormones; statistics

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Education and Professional Positions

2016 - present Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Warwick, UK
2013 - 2016 Group leader (Animal vocal communication and cognition), Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2008 - 2013 Postdoc (Animal vocal communication and cognition), Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • Engesser S., Crane MS., Savage JL., Russell AF., Townsend SW. (2015). Experimental Evidence for Phonemic Contrasts in a Nonhuman Vocal System. PLoS Biology, 13(6):e1002171. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002171
  • Watson S., Townsend SW.*, Schel AM., Wilke C., Wallace E., Cheng L., West V., Slocombe KE. (2015). Vocal learning in the functionally referential food grunts of chimpanzees. Current Biology, 25(4):495-499. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.12.032
  • Collier K., Bickel B., van Schaik C., Manser MB., Townsend SW. (2014). Language evolution: syntax before phonology? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 281(1788):20140263. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0263
  • Townsend SW., Charlton BD., Manser MB. (2014). Formant cues to identity and predator context in the barks of meerkats. Animal Behaviour 95, 143-149.
  • Mazzini F.,* Townsend SW.*, Viranye Z., Range F. (2013). Wolf howling is mediated by relationship quality rather than underlying emotional stress. Current Biology, 23(17):1677-1680. *Joint first author. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.06.066
  • Reber SR., Townsend SW., Manser MB. (2013). Social monitoring via close calls in meerkats. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 280:1765. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1013
  • Townsend SW., Manser MB. (2013). Functionally referential communication in mammals: the past, present and the future. Ethology, 119,1-11. DOI: 10.1111/eth.12015
  • Townsend SW., Allen C., Manser MB. (2012). A simple test of vocal individual recognition in wild meerkats. Biology Letters, 8(2):179-182. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0844
  • Townsend SW., Hollen LI., Manser MB. (2010). Meerkat close calls encode group-specific signatures but receivers fail to discriminate. Animal Behaviour 80: 133-138. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.04.010
  • Townsend SW., Deschner T., Zuberbühler K. (2008). Female chimpanzees use copulation calls flexibly to prevent social competition. PLoS ONE 3(6): e2431. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0002431
  • Townsend SW., Slocombe KE., Emery-Thompson M., Zuberbühler K. (2007). Female-led infanticide in wild chimpanzees. Current Biology 17: R355-R356. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2007.03.020