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Prof Klaus Zuberbuhler

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Biography

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Zoology and Anthropology from the University of Zurich. I then secured a scholarship to do an MA and PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. After my PhD, I took a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, where I worked in Mike Tomasello's lab in the Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology. I moved to St Andrews as Lecturer in 2001. I was promoted to Reader in 2005 and to Professor in 2008. I was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2010.

Diploma – University of Zurich, Zoology & Anthropology
MA – University of Pennsylvania, Psychology
PhD - University of Pennsylvania, Psychology
Postdoc – Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Comparative Psychology

Research overview

The evolution of intelligence and origins of language. Research focuses on the mental mechanisms underlying non-human primate communication and behaviour both in the field and in the lab.

Highlighted publications

Crockford, C, Wittig, RM, Mundry, R & Zuberbuehler, K 2012, 'Wild chimpanzees inform ignorant group members of danger' Current Biology, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 142-146. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.11.053
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2011.11.053
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/4314/1/Crockford2012CurrBiol22_2WildChimpanzees.pdf
2012

Lemasson, A, Ouattara, K, Petit, EJ & Zuberbuehler, K 2011, 'Social learning of vocal structure in a nonhuman primate?' BMC Evolutionary Biology, vol. 11, 362. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-11-362
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2148-11-362
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/3021/1/Lemasson2011BMCEvolBiol362SocialLearning.pdf
2011

Ouattara, K, Lemasson, A & Zuberbuehler, K 2009, 'Campbell's monkeys concatenate vocalizations into context-specific call sequences' Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 106, no. 51, pp. 22026-22031. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0908118106
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0908118106
2009

Gruber, T, Muller, MN, Strimling, P, Wrangham, R & Zuberbuehler, K 2009, 'Wild chimpanzees rely on cultural knowledge to solve an experimental honey acquisition task' Current Biology, vol. 19, no. 21, pp. 1806-1810. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2009.08.060
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2009.08.060
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/5938/1/Gruber2009CurrentBiology19_21_Wildchimpanzees.pdf
2009

Arnold, K & Zuberbuhler, K 2008, 'Meaningful call combinations in a non-human primate' Current Biology, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. R202-R203. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.01.040
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2008.01.040
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/5788/1/CurrentBiology18_5_R202Meaningfulcall.pdf
2008

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