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Stephan Alexander Reber, BSc, MSc, PhD

CV - Dr. Stephan A. Reber

2011-2016

PhD candidate in Cognitive Biology (defense 3rd of February 2017)

Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna

Thesis title: “Production and perception of vocal signals in the Archosauria”

Supervisors: W. Tecumseh Fitch, Thomas Bugnyar, Anna Wilkinson

 

2009-2010

Master of Science in Animal Behaviour

Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
Thesis title: “Discrimination of close calls is related to conflict situations in female meerkats”

Supervisors: Marta Manser, Simon Townsend

 

2008-2009

Bachelor of Science in Biology  

University of Zurich

2005-2008

Basic Studies in Biology

University of Zurich

2019

Study on acoustic familiarity discrimination in wild and captive American alligators, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, FL / Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, SC USA (2 months)

2015-2016

Visiting researcher at the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK, in collaboration with “Crocodiles of the World” (12 months)

2013

Investigation of acoustic communication in crocodilians, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, in collaboration with the University of Florida, USA (3 months)

2013

Study on social learning in wild poison dart frogs (Allobates femoralis), CNRS, Nouragues field station, French Guiana (1 months)

2012

Artificial Grammar Learning’ playback experiments with common ravens at the Konrad Lorenz Research Station, Grünau, Austria (1 months)

2011

Artificial Grammar Learning’ playback experiments with chimpanzees at the MD Anderson Cancer Research Center in Bastrop, Texas, USA (1 months)

2009-2010

Data collection for the Master thesis at the Kalahari Meerkat Project, playback studies with wild meerkats, South Africa (7 months)

2008

 

Field assistant (assisting a MSc student with playback experiments) at the Kalahari Meerkat Project, South Africa (3 months)

2017-present

Lund University Cognitive Science, Lund University, SE (postdoctoral researcher)

2016-2017

Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, AT (statistics advisor)

2011-2016

Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, AT (PhD candidate)

2015Contributor to the exhibition “Das Krokodil im Baum” (“The Crocodile in the Tree”), Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich, provision of audio material
2015Co-organizer of the student workshop on cognition and communication “COGCOM 2015” in Vienna, Austria: Original planning, IT manager, discussion chair, official logo (design and creation)
2009Contributor to the exhibition “The Tree of Life” for the Darwin year, Life Science Zurich, design and construction of displays, organization of scientific supervision
2004Volunteer for ARCHELON (Organisation for the protection of Sea turtles in Greece), Crete, Greece
2002-2008Member of the Volunteer team, Zoo Zurich, education, public awareness, guiding tours

Award - Dr. Stephan A. Reber

Awards & Grants

Elisabeth Rausings Minnesfond Memorial Fund​
2018
(SEK 98.400)
KWA Grant of the University of Vienna
2015
(€ 2.700)
Travel grant of the Swiss Study Foundation​
2014 (SFr 2.100)
Marietta Blau Grant​
2014
Austrian Ministry for Science, Research and Economics BMWFW, Centre for International Cooperation and Mobility OeAD
(€ 12.000)
Travel grant of the Swiss academy of Science​
2009
(SFr 1.000)
Member of the Swiss Study Foundation​
2008-2017
(Schweizerische Studienstiftung)
Price of the NGZH ​​
2004
(Natural History Society of Zurich) for the Matura thesis

CV - Dr. Stephan A. Reber

2019-present

Lecturer for the graduate course “Animal Cognition”, Lund University, SE 

2018-present

MSc supervisor of Mark Kernkamp, BSc (Utrecht University, NL)

2018-present

MSc supervisor of Nina Thierij, BSc (Utrecht University, NL)

2018-present

BSc supervisor of Irene Villanueva (Complutense University of Madrid, ES)

2018-present

PhD Co-supervisor of Claudia Zeiträg, BSc, MSc (Main supervisor: Dr. Mathias Osvath)

2018-present  

Guest lecturer for the graduate course “Biology: Animal Behaviour”, Lund University, SE 

 

2016-2017

Statistics advisor for the Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, AT           

2015

Guest lecturer for the undergraduate course “Animal Behaviour”, University of Lincoln, UK

2013-2015

MSc supervisor of Lisa Kronowetter, BSc (University of Vienna, AT)

2012-2013

Supervision of Mag. Judith Janisch as a field assistant (Austria and USA)

 

2010

Supervision of Stephanie Kalberer, BSc as a field assistant (South Africa)

 

Reber SA, Townsend SW, Manser MB (2010) Discrimination of close calls is related to conflict situations in female meerkats. Talk, Cooperation in mammals and birds meeting, University of Cambridge UK, 2nd of July

Reber SA, Townsend SW, Manser MB (2011) Social monitoring by close calls in meerkats. Poster presentation, Biology 2011 conference, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 4th of February

Reber SA, Townsend SW, Manser MB (2011) Social monitoring by close calls in meerkats. Talk, 6th Meeting of the Ethologischen Gesellschaft, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 18th of February

Reber SA, Townsend SW, Manser MB (2012) Social monitoring by close calls in meerkats. Poster presentation, 19th Conference on Comparative Cognition, Melbourne, Florida, USA, 8th of March

Reber SA, Nishimura T, Janisch J, Robertson M, Fitch WT (2014) A Chinese alligator in heliox: Investigating the potential for honest acoustic signals in crocodilians. Poster presentation, 9th Meeting of the Ethologischen Gesellschaft, Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology Seewiesen, Tutzing, Germany, 7th of February

Reber SA, Boeckle M, Szipl G, Janisch J, Bugnyar T, Fitch WT (2014) Territorial raven pairs perceive structural changes in duets of potential rivals. Talk, The Syntax of Mind: An International Conference, University of Vienna, Austria, 18th of April

Reber SA, Boeckle M, Szipl G, Janisch J, Bugnyar T, Fitch WT (2014) No training, just evolution: Spontaneous response to structural changes in duets by Common ravens (Corvus corax). Talk, 7th European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Prague, Czech Republic, 18th of July

Reber SA, Fitch WT (2015) Formants in bellows as honest cues to body size in alligators. Talk, 2nd European student conference ‘Behaviour and Cognition 2015’, Zurich, Switzerland, 5th of March

Reber SA, Fitch WT (2015) Formants in bellows as honest cues to body size in alligators. Talk, ‘COGCOM student workshop 2015’, Vienna, Austria, 2nd of July

Reber SA, Fitch WT (2015) Acoustic rival assessment in crocodilians? – Formants in bellows as honest cues to body size in alligators. Talk, 34th International Ethological Conference ‘Behaviour 2015’, Symposium ‘Animal Contests: Assessment and the Evolution of Animal Weaponry’, Cairns, Australia, 13th of August

Reber SA (2016) Crocodilian communication and cognition research in captivity. Invited speaker at the 2016 British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) meeting, ‘Crocodiles of the World’, Oxfordshire, UK, 13th of May

Reber SA, Janisch J, Bugnyar T, Fitch WT (2016) Juvenile American alligators discriminate between close calls of different-sized conspecifics. Talk, 8th European Conference on Behavioural Biology, Vienna, Austria, 13th of July

 Reber SA (2017) Crocodilian cognition & communication. Invited speaker at the 2nd Annual European Croc Networking Meeting, ‘Krokodille Zoo’, Eskilstrup, Denmark, 7th of October

Reber SA (2018) Archosaurian communication and cognition – “only” convergence? Invited speaker at the Research Department of Neuroscience, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany, 8th of January

Reber SA (2020) Comparative Crocodilian Cognition and Communication – A window into extinct minds. Invited speaker at the Department of Bioscience – Zoophysiology, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, 24th of January

Proceedings of the Royal Society B 

Animal Behaviour 

Frontiers in Zoology 

Current Zoology 

Behavioural Processes 

Ethology 

Bioacoustics 

The Science of Nature 

Animal Behavior and Cognition 

Royal Society Open Science

2010-2011Museum educator, Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich
2008-2011Animator for public awareness activities, Ecology office of Zurich, Association Natur liegt nahe
2005-2007Zoo guide for overnight tours, Zoo Zurich
2004-2005Military service in the Swiss Air force (Emmen, Luzern)

Contact

Please, get in touch with me if you have questions or collaboration ideas.


Most of my publications are open access, everybody can download them for free. If you have problems to find any of my written work, just ask me directly.

Email

mail@stephanreber.com​

Office

Dr. Stephan A. Reber, BSc, MSc
Department of Philosophy,
Cognitive Zoology Group,
Lund University
Box 192, 221 00 Lund, SE

Orcid ID

0000-0001-8015-2538