Short CV/Education and training

  • 1982
    Diplom degree in biology, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 1985
    Doctorate in zoology

  • 1985 – 1996
    Postdoc and research assistant in zoology, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart; in behavioural biology, University of Konstanz, Germany; at the Duke Primate Centre, North Carolina, USA; in anthropology, Arizona State University, USA; for the Medical Research Council and Babraham Institute, Cambridge, GB

  • 1992 – 1996
    Head of the research unit Biocommunication, German Primate Centre (DPZ), Göttingen, Germany

  • 1996
    Appointment as C4 university professor and director of the Department of Zoology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany

Selected publications

  • Altenmüller, E.; Schmidt, S.; Zimmermann, E. (eds.) (2013): Evolution of Emotional Communication: from Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 376

  • Kessler, S.E.; Scheumann, M.; Nash, L.T.; Zimmermann, E. (2012): Paternal kin recognition in the high frequency / ultrasonic range in a solitary foraging mammal. BMC Ecology 12: 26.

  • Schehka, S.; Zimmermann, E. (2012): Affect intensity in voice recognized by tree shrews. Emotion 12 (3): 632-639.

  • Leliveld, L.M.C.; Scheumann, M.; Zimmermann, E. (2010): Effects of caller characteristics on auditory laterality in an early primate (Microcebus murinus). PLoS One 5 (2): e9031.

  • Davila Ross, M.; Owren, M.J.; Zimmermann, E. (2009): Reconstructing the evolution of laughter in great apes and humans. Curr. Biol. 19: 1106-1111.

  • Scheumann, M.; Zimmermann, E. (2008): Sex-specific asymmetries in communication sound perception are not related to hand preference in an early primate. BMC Biol. 6: 3.

  • Joly, M.; Zimmermann, E. (2011): Do solitary foraging nocturnal mammals plan their routes? Biol. Lett. 7 (4): 638-640.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Membership in various academic governance bodies at the university

  • President of the Gesellschaft für Primatologie (German society of primatologists), 1998 – 2001

  • Member of the advisory board to the German Primate Centre (DPZ), 1998 – 2006

  • Board member, German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group "Perspectives of Primatology" (GK 289), 2003 – 2006

  • Speaker of the transregional DFG Research Unit (FOR 499): Acoustic Communication of Emotions in Nonhuman Mammals and Man, 2003 – 2012

  • Founding member and member of the directorate of the Centre for Systems Neuroscience, Hannover, since 2004

  • Member of the PhD committee for the PhD programme "Hearing" (Lower Saxony Ministry of Education), since 2009

Media coverage

  • Various print media, radio, TV

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