Marta Manser

Research Interests

Animal Behaviour; Behavioural Ecology; Communication; Acoustics; Cognition; Coordination; Cooperation; Evolution; Hormones; Mechanisms; Mammals; Signals; Societies


Education and Professional Positions

2008 - present Associate Professor (ad personam) in Animal Behaviour, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2002 Assistant Professor (SNF Förderprofessur), Zoological Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1998 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Dept of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
1994 Ph.D. Thesis, Large Animal Research Group, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, England
1992 M.Sc. Thesis, Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland
1988 Undergraduate studies in Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • Gall GEC., Manser MB. (2017). Group cohesion in foraging meerkats: follow the moving ‘vocal hot spot’. Royal Society Open Science, 4(4):170004. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170004
  • Rauber R., Manser MB. (2017). Discrete call types referring to predation risk enhance the efficiency of the meerkat sentinel system. Scientific Reports, 7:44436. DOI: 10.1038/srep44436
  • Townsend SW., Koski SE., Byrne RW., Slocombe KE., Bickel B., Boeckle M., Braga Goncalves I., Burkart JM., Flower T., Gaunet F., Glock HJ., Gruber T., Jansen DAWAM., Liebal K., Linke A., Miklósi Á., Moore R., van Schaik CP., Stoll S., Vail A., Waller BM., Wild M., Zuberbühler K., Manser MB. (2017). Exorcising Grice's ghost: an empirical approach to studying intentional communication in animals. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 92(3):1427-1433. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12289
  • Samson J., Manser MB. (2016) Use of the sun as a heading indicator when caching and recovering in a wild rodent. Scientific Reports, 6:32570. DOI: 10.1038/srep32570
  • Manser MB., Jansen DAWAM., Graw B., Hollén L., Bousquet C., Furrer R., Le Roux A. (2014). Vocal complexity in Meerkats and other mongoose species. Advances in the Study of Behavior, 46:281-310. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-800286-5.00006-7