Abteilung Soziobiologie/Anthropologie
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Claudia Fichtel

Curriculum vitae

  • PhD in Zoologie (Freie Universität Berlin, 2001)
  • Post-Doc Dept. Biological Anatomy and Anthropology Duke University and Duke Lemur Center, NC, USA (2002)
  • Post-Doc: Dept. Cultural Phylogeny, Max Planck Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie, Leipzig (2003)
  • Post-Doc: Abt. Verhaltensökologie und Soziobiologie, Deutsches Primatenzentrum, Göttingen (2004-2006)
  • Post-Doc und Projektkoordinatorin ‚Primate Biodiversity’: Abt. Verhaltensökologie und Soziobiologie, Deutsches Primatenzentrum, Göttingen (2007-2009)
  • Leitende Wissenschaftlerin: Abt. Verhaltensökologie und Soziobiologie, Deutsches Primatenzentrum, Göttingen (seit 2010)


Wissenschaftliche Interessen

  • Verhaltensökologie
  • Kommunikation
  • Kognition
  • Gruppenkoordination
  • Phylogenie und Biodiversität


Mitgliedschaften

  • Erweiterter Vorstand: Ethologische Gesellschaft
  • VP of Communication: International Society of Primatology
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Primatologie
  • Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft
  • Longon'i Kirindy e.V.


Publications

Kappeler PM, Cuozzo FP, Fichtel C, Ganzhorn JU, Gursky-Doyen S, Irwin MT, Ichino S, Lawler R, Nekaris KAI, Ramanamanjato J-P, Radespiel U, Sauther ML, Wright PC, Zimmermann E (2017) Long-term field studies of lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers. Journal of Mammalogy 98(3): 661–669.
Koch F, Ganzhorn JU, Rothman JM, Chapman CA, Fichtel C (2017) Sex and seasonal differences in diet and nutrient intake in Verreaux's sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi). American Journal of Primatology 79(4): e22595.
Rudolph K, Fichtel C (2017) Inhibitory control in douc langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus and P. cinerea). Vietnamese Journal of Primatology 2(5): 73-81.
Fichtel C (2016) Predation in the dark: antipredator strategies of Cheirogaleidae and other nocturnal primates. In: Lehman S, Radespiel U, Zimmerman E (eds) The Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs of Madagascar. Biology, Behavior and Conservation Biogeography of the Cheirogaleidae. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp 366-380.
Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2016) The Evolution of Eulemur Social Organization. International Journal of Primatology 37: 10-28.
Koch F, Signer J, Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2016) Intergroup encounters in Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi): who fights and why? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70(5): 797-808.
Koch F, Signer J, Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2016) The role of the residence-effect on the outcome of intergroup encounters in Verreaux's sifakas. Scientific reports 6: 28457
Rakotonirina H, Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2016) The role of acoustic signals for species recognition in redfronted lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons). BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:100.
Springer A, Mellmann A, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2016) Social structure and Escherichia coli sharing in a group-living wild primate, Verreaux’s sifaka. BMC Ecology 16: 6.
Hübner F, Fichtel C (2015) Innovation and behavioral flexibility in wild redfronted lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons) Animal Cognition 18(3): 777-787
Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2015) Eco-evo-devo of the lemur syndrome: did adaptive behavioral plasticity get canalized in a large primate radiation? Frontiers in Zoology 12(Suppl 1): S15.
Kittler K, Schnoell AV, Fichtel C (2015) Cognition in Ring-Tailed Lemurs. Folia Primatologica 86: 106–116.
Pechouskova E, Dammhahn M, Brameier M, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM, Huchard E (2015) MHC class II variation in a rare and ecological specialist mouse lemur reveals lower allelic richness and contrasting selection patterns compared to a generalist and widespread sympatric congener. Immunogenetics 67(4): 229-245.
Springer A, Fichtel C, Calvignac-Spencer S, Leendertz FH, Kappeler PM (2015): Hemoparasites in a wild primate: Infection patterns suggest interaction of Plasmodium and Babesia in a lemur species. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 4(3): 385–395.
Springer A, Razafimanantsoa L, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2015) Comparison of three short-term immobilization regimes in wild Verreaux's Sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi): Ketamin-Xylazine, Ketamine-Xylazine-Atropin, and Tiletamine-Zolazepam. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 46(3): 482-490.
Burkart JM, Allon O, Amici F, Fichtel C, Finkenwirth C, Heschl A, Huber J, Isler K, Kosonen ZK, Martins E, Meulman EJ, Richiger R, Rueth K, Spillmann B, Wiesendanger S, van Schaik CP (2014) The evolutionary origin of human hyper-cooperation. Nature Communications 5: 4747.
Fichtel C (2014) Acoustic differences in loud calls of Decken's and Crowned sifakas. Primate Conservation 28: 85-91.
Schnoell AV, Dittmann MT, Fichtel C (2014): Human-introduced long-term tradition in wild redfronted lemurs? Animal Cognition 17(1): 45-54.
Schnoell AV, Huebner F, Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2014) Manual Lateralization in Wild Redfronted Lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons) During Spontaneous Actions and in an Experimental Task. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153(1): 61-67.
Székely T, Liker A, Freckleton RP, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2014) Sex-biased survival predicts adult sex ratio variation in wild birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281 (1788): 20140342
Markolf M, Rakotonirina H, Fichtel C, von Grumbkow P, Brameier M, Kappeler PM (2013) True lemurs…true species - species delimitation using multiple data sources in the brown lemur complex. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:233
Pyritz LW, Fichtel C, Huchard E, Kappeler PM (2013) Determinants and outcomes of decision-making, group coordination and social interactions during a foraging experiment in a wild primate. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53144.
Schaumburg F, Mugisha L, Kappeler PM, Fichtel C, Köck R, Köndgen S, Becker K, Boesch C, Peters G, Leendertz F (2013) Evaluation of Non­Invasive Biological Samples to Monitor Staphylococcus aureus Coloniazation in Great Apes and Lemurs. PloS ONE B 10: e78046.
Schnoell AV, Fichtel C (2013) A novel feeding behaviour in wild redfronted lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons): depletion of spider nests. Primates 54(4): 371-375.
Fichtel C (2012) Predation. In: Mitani JC, Call J, Kappeler P, Palombit R, Silk J (eds) The evolution of primate societies. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. pp 169-194.
Fichtel C, Hilgartner R (2012) Noises in the dark: vocal communication in nocturnal pair-living primates. In: Master J, Gamba M, Génin F (eds) Developments in primatology: leaping ahead: advances in prosimian biology. Springer, New York: pp 297-304
Hilgartner R, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM, Zinner D (2012) Determinants of Pair-Living in Red-Tailed Sportive Lemurs (Lepilemur ruficaudatus). Ethology 118: 466-479.
Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2012) Female reproductive competition in Eulemur rufifrons: eviction and reproductive restraint in a plurally breeding Malagasy primate Molecular Ecology 21: 685-698.
Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2012) A 15-Year Perspective on the Social Organization and Life History of Sifaka in Kirindy Forest. in: P.M. Kappeler and D.P. Watts (eds.) Long-Term Field Studies of Primates Springer, Heidelberg: 101-121
Pflüger FJ, Fichtel C (2012) On the function of redfronted lemur's close calls. Animal Cognition 15(5): 823-831.
Schnoell AV, Fichtel C (2012) Wild redfronted lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons) use social information to learn new foraging techniques. Animal Cognition 15: 505-516
Schnoell AV, Fichtel C (2012) Predation on redfronted lemurs (Eulemur rufifrons) by fossas (Cryptoprocta ferox). Lemur News 16: 30-32.
Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2011) Variation in the Meaning of Alarm Calls in Verreaux´s and Coquerel´s Sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi, P. coquereli) International Journal of Primatology 32: 346-361
Fichtel C, Pyritz L, Kappeler PM (2011) Coordination of group movements in non-human primates. In: Boos M, Kolbe M, Kappeler PM & Ellwart T (eds) Coordination in human and non-human primate groups. Springer, Heidelberg: 37-56
Fichtel C, Scheiner E, Maak B (2011) Über die Kommunikation bei nichtmenschlichen Primaten und die Evolution von Sprache. In: DREESMANN, D., GRAF, D. & WITTE, K. (eds.) Evolutionsbiologie: Moderne Themen für den Unterricht. Heidelberg: Spektrum Akademischer Verlag.
Fichtel C, Zucchini W, Hilgartner R (2011) Out of sight but not out of mind? Behavioral coordination in red-tailed sportive lemurs. International Journal of Primatology 32: 1383-1396.
Pyritz L, Kappeler PM , Fichtel C (2011) Coordination of group movements in wild red-fronted lemurs: Processes and influence of ecological and reproductive seasonality. International Journal of Primatology 32: 1325–1347.
Pyritz LW, King AJ, Sueur C, Fichtel C (2011) Reaching a consensus: Terminology and concepts used in coordination and decision-making research. International Journal of Primatology 32: 1268–1278.
Fichtel C, Kappeler P M (2010) Human universals and primate symplesiomorphies: establishing the lemur baseline. In: Mind the gap: Tracing the origins of human universals. (Kappeler, P. M. & Silk, J., eds). Springer, Heidelberg. pp. 395-426
Fichtel C, Manser MB (2010) Vocal communication in social groups. In: Animal Behaviour: Evolution and mechanisms. (Kappeler, P. M., ed). Springer, Berlin. pp. 29-54
Pyritz L, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM. (2010) Conceptual and methodological issues in the comparative study of collective group movements. Behavioural Processes 84:681-684
Rahlfs M, Fichtel C (2010) Anti-predator behaviour in a nocturnal primate, the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Ethology 116:429-439
Barthold J, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2009) What is it going to be? Pattern and potential function of natal coat change in sexually dichromatic redfronted lemurs (Eulemur fulvus rufus). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 138:1-10
Dammhahn M, Schäffler L, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2009) Rapid lemur survey in northern Menabe. Lemur News 14: 13-16.
Eberle M, Fichtel C (2009) Sexuelle Selektion und die Evolution von Paarungssystemen bei Primaten einschließlich des Menschen. Praxis der Naturwissenschaften-Biologie in der Schule 3:22-28
Fichtel C (2009) Costs of alarm calling: lemur alarm calls attract fossas. Lemur News 14: 53-55.
Lührs M-L, Dammhahn M, Kappeler P, Fichtel C (2009) Spatial memory in the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Animal Cognition 12: 599-609.
Benadi G, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2008) Intergroup relations and home range use in Verreaux’s Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi). American Journal of Primatology 70: 956-965.
Fichtel C (2008) Ontogeny of conspecific and heterospecific alarm call recognition in wild Verreaux’s sifakas (Propithecus v. verreauxi) American Journal of Primatology 70: 127-135
Gros-Louis J, Perry S, Fichtel C, Wikberg E, Gilkenson H, Wofsy S, Fuentes A (2008) Vocal repertoire of white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus): acoustic structure, context and usage. International Journal of Primatology 29: 641-670.
Fichtel C (2007) Avoiding predators at night: antipredator strategies in red-tailed sportive lemurs (Lepilemur ruficaudatus). American Journal of Primatology 69: 1-14.
Fichtel C, Kraus C, Ganswindt A, Heistermann M (2007) Influence of reproductive season and rank on fecal glucocorticoid levels in free-ranging male Verreaux's sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi). Hormones and Behavior 51: 640-648.
Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2006) Recent research activities of the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Kirindy forest / CFPF, Morondava. Pp. 127-134 in: Proceedings of the German-Malagasy Research Cooperation in Life and earth Sciences. Schwitzer C, Brandt S, Ramilijaona O, Razanahoera MR, Ackermand D, Razakamanana T, Ganzhorn JU (eds). Berlin: Concept-Verlag.
Fichtel C, van Schaik CP (2006) Semantic differences in sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) alarm calls: a reflection of genetic or cultural variants? Ethology 112: 839-849.
Fichtel C, Kappeler PM, Schwibbe M (eds) (2005) 1. Congress of the European Federation for Primatology (EFP) and 9. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Primatologie (GfP). Primate Report 72.
Fichtel C, Perry S, Gros-Louis J (2005) Alarm calls of white-faced capuchin monkeys: an acoustic analysis. Animal Behaviour 70: 165-176.
Fichtel C (2004) Reciprocal recognition in sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi) and redfronted lemur (Eulemur fulvus rufus) alarm calls. Animal Cognition 7: 45-52.
Trillmich J, Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2004) Coordination of group movements in wild Verraux's sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi). Behaviour 141: 1103-1120.
Fichtel C (2003) Interspecific communication of alarm call in redfronted lemurs (Eulemur fulvus rufus) and sifakas (Propithecus verreauxi verreauxi). Folia Primatologica 74: 192-193.
Fichtel C, Hammerschmidt K (2003) Responses of squirrel monkeys to their experimentally modified mobbing calls. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 113: 2927-2932.
Kappeler PM, Fichtel C, Schwibbe M (eds) (2003) 4. Göttinger Freilandtage: Cooperation in Primates and Humans - Mechanisms & Evolution. Primate Report 66-1.
Fichtel C, Hammerschmidt K (2002) Responses of redfronted lemurs (Eulemur fulvus rufus) to experimentally modified alarm calls: evidence for urgency-based changes in call structure. Ethology 108: 763-777.
Fichtel C, Kappeler PM (2002) Anti-predator behavior of group-living Malagasy primates: mixed evidence for a referential alarm call system. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 51: 262-275.
Fichtel C (2001) Emotional correlates in vocalizations of primates. PhD-Thesis, Freie-Universität Berlin, pp 109
Fichtel C, Hammerschmidt K, Jürgens U (2001) On the vocal expression of emotion. A multi-parametric analysis of different states of aversion in the Squirrel monkey. Behaviour 138: 97-116.
Jürgens U, Fichtel C, Hammerschmidt K (2001) On the vocal expression of aversion: A multi-parametric acoustical analysis in a non-human primate. L'Harmattan, Paris. Pp. 87-91.
Naguib M, Fichtel C, Todt D (1999) Nightingales respond more strongly to vocal leaders of simulated dyadic interactions. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 266: 537-542.





Claudia Fichtel

Claudia Fichtel

Postdoc
Verhaltensökologie (DPZ) & Abteilung Soziobiologie/Anthropologie
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E-Mail: claudia.fichtel(at)gwdg.de