Denise Karp

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Research interests

Increased postnatal leveret mortality was identified as the main cause for the decline of brown hare (Lepus europaeus) populations across Europe. Even though, in terms of survival, the first few weeks in a brown hare’s life are the most critical ones, we still do not know much about what happens during this period. With my PhD-project I aim to find out where in an agricultural landscape survival probabilities of brown hare leverets are highest and subsequently work out measures to directly promote structures with high leveret survival. For this purpose the leverets are tagged with radio transmitters, enabling us to monitor their fate as well as their spatial- and activity-behaviour. This information will be combined with mortality data and subsequently analysed as a function of different land-use types.
For more information on the project (in German) and for opportunities to take part in field work (with the chance to see baby hares) visit: .


Education and professional positions

2013 - present PhD thesis on "Preweaning behavior and mortality in European brown hare leverets", Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich, Switzerland
2010 - 2012 Master of Science in Biology on „The Function of Nonlinearities in Meerkat Alarm Calls”, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich, Switzerland
2007 - 2010 Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolution on "The effect of environmental factors and habitat features on plant biodiversity and abundance in Swiss ECA meadows", Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland


Karp, D., Manser, M. B., Wiley, E. M., Townsend, S. W. (2014). Nonlinearities in Meerkat Alarm Calls Prevent Receivers from Habituating. Ethology, 120: 189–196. doi: 10.1111/eth.12195