Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2020
    Professor of Behavioural Ecology, Bielefeld University, Germany

  • Since 2014
    Group Leader Function and mechanism of olfactory kin recognition in an avian model system

  • 2015 – 2016
    Fellow of the College for Life Sciences at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin

  • 2012 – 2014
    Postdoc with Oliver Krüger, Bielefeld University

  • 2009 – 2012
    Postdoc with Sebastian Steinfartz, Bielefeld University

  • 2008 – 2009
    Research assistant with Sebastian Steinfartz

  • 2008
    Ph.D. Humboldt Universität Berlin

  • 2002 – 2007
    Ph.D. -student at the Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, IZW (Berlin), incl. Childcare

  • 1997 – 2001
    University Bielefeld, Diplom in Biology

  • 1995 – 1997
    Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz

  • 1994
    Abitur at the Einstein Gymnasium Rheda-Wiedenbrück

Selected publications

  • Grieves LA, Gilles M, Cuthill IC, Székely T, MacDougall‐Shackleton EA, Caspers B (2022) Olfactory camouflage and communication in birds, Biological Reviews.

  • Maraci Ö, Antonatou-Papaioannou A, Jünemann S, Castillo O, Busche T, Kalinowski J, Caspers B (2021)The Gut Microbial Composition Is Species-Specific and Individual-Specific in Two Species of Estrildid Finches, the Bengalese Finch and the Zebra Finch. Frontiers in Microbiology 12: 619141.

  • Rossi, M., Marfull, R., Golüke, S., Komdeur, J., Korsten, P., & Caspers, B. A. (2017) Begging Blue Tit Nestlings Discriminate Between the Odour of Familiar and Unfamiliar Conspecifics. Functional Ecology.

  • Stoffel, M. A., Caspers, B. A., Forcada, J., Giannakara, A., Baier, M., Eberhart-Phillips, L., ... & Hoffman, J. I. (2015). Chemical fingerprints encode mother–offspring similarity, colony membership, relatedness, and genetic quality in fur seals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(36), E5005-E5012.

  • Krause ET, Brummel C, Kohlwey S, Baier MC, Müller C, Bonadonna F, Caspers BA (2014) Differences in olfactory species recognition in the females of two Australian songbird species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68:1819-1827

  • Caspers BA, Krause ET, Hendrix R, Kopp M, Rupp O, Rosentreter K, Steinfartz S (2014) The more the better ? polyandry and genetic similarity are positively linked to reproductive success in a natural population of terrestrial salamanders (Salamandra salamandra). Molecular Ecology 23:239-250

  • Caspers, B.A., Hoffmann, J.I., Kohlmeier, P., Krüger, O. & Krause, E.T. (2013): Olfactory imprinting as a mechanism for nest recognition in zebra finches. Animal Behaviour 86: 85-90

  • Krause, E.T., Krüger, O., Kohlmeier, P., & Caspers, B.A. (2012): Olfactory kin recognition in a songbird. Biology letters 8: 327-329 doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.1093. Top ten cited article 2012 of Biol Lett

  • Caspers, B.A., Schroeder, F., Franke, S., & Voigt, C.C. (2011): The scent of adolescence: The maturation of the olfactory phenotype in a free ranging mammal. PLoS One 6:6

  • Caspers, B.A, & Krause, E.T. (2011): ?Odour-based natal nest recognition in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), a colony-breeding songbird?. Biology letters 7:184-186. Top ten cited article 2011 of Biol Lett & evaluated by F1000

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Function and mechansim of olfactory kin recognition in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)

  • Mating strategies and the mechanisms of speciation in the Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra)

  • Olfactory communication in the greater sac-winged bat (Saccopteryx bilineata)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft

  • Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

  • DGHT

  • Deutsche Ethologische Gesellschaft e.V.

  • Deutsche Ornithologische Gesellschaft

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Four children


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