(since 2021)


Hüttner, T., von Fersen, L., Miersch, L. & Dehnhardt, G. (2023). Passive electroreception in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): implication for micro-and large-scale orientation. Journal of Experimental Biology, 226(22), Article jeb245845.

Baumgartner, K., Hüttner, T., & Ternes, K. (2023). Development of Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Management at the Nuremberg and Duisburg Zoo over the past 50-plus years. Der Zoologische Garten (N.F.). 91(2). 135-153.

Secchi, E. & Fruet, P. & Genoves, R. & von Fersen, L. (2023). A stepwise approach for science-based conservation of Lahille’s bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops gephyreus) with emphasis on the Patos Lagoon population . Der Zoologische Garten (N.F.). 91(2). 175-189.

Taylor, B. & Abel, G. & Bader, D. & Barlow, J. & Braulik, G. & Cipriano, F. & Collins, T. & Demaster, D. & von Fersen, L. & Gomez, F. & Hao, Y. & Miller, P. & Minton, G. & Reeves, R. & Rojas-Bracho, L. & Secchi, E. & Smith, C. & Suydam, R. & Wang, D. & Zerbini, A.. (2023). Integrated Conservation Planning for Cetaceans Planung integrierten Artenschutzes für Cetaceen. Der Zoologische Garten (N.F.), 91(2). 101-112.

von Fersen, L. & Miller, P. S. (2023). Integrated Conservation Action for Small Cetaceans: A new Role for Modern Dolphinaria. Der Zoologische Garten (N.F.), 91(2). 83-100.

Zürl, M., Dirauf, R., Koeferl, F., Steinlein, N., Sueskind, J., Zanca, D., Brehm, I., von Fersen, L., & Eskofier, B. (2023). PolarBearVidID: A Video-Based Re-Identification Benchmark Dataset for Polar Bears. Animals, 13(5).

Caicoya, A. L., Schaffer, A., Holland, R., von Fersen, L., Colell, M., & Amici, F. (2023). Innovation across 13 ungulate species: Problem solvers are less integrated in the social group and less neophobic. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 290(1996), 20222384.

Tidière, M., Colchero, F., Staerk, J., Adkesson, M. J., Andersen, D. H., Bland, L., Böye, M., Brando, S., Clegg, I., Cubaynes, S., Cutting, A., Man, D. de, Derocher, A. E., Dorsey, C., Elgar, W., Gaglione, E., Anderson Hansen, K., Jungheim, A., Kok, J., . . . von Fersen, L., . . . Conde, D. A. (2023). Survival improvements of marine mammals in zoological institutions mirror historical advances in human longevity. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 290(2009), Article 20231895.

Meegan, J., Gomez, F., Barratclough, A., Smith, C., Sweeney, J., Ruoppolo, V., Kolesnikovas, C., Pinho da Silva Filho, R., Lima Canabarro, P., Laporta, P., Loureiro, J. P., Alvarez, K., Rodriguez Heredia, S. A., Cabrera, A., Faiella, A., Saubidet, A. & von Fersen, L. (2022), Rescue and Rehabilitation of Neonatal Franciscana Dolphins, Care and Hand-rearing Protocol, AFCR3 – Publication Nr. 01 – 2022

Segura-Göthlin, S., Fernández, A., Arbelo, M., Almunia, J., von Fersen, L., Baumgartner, K., Garcés, J. G., Llanos, A. G., Felipe-Jiménez, I., Colom-Rivero, A., & Sierra, E. (2023). Towards understanding host–pathogen dynamics of cetacean poxvirus: Attainable approach through the application of a repetitive non-invasive skin sampling in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) under human care. Frontiers in Marine Science, 10, Article 1125629.

Simon, R., Dreissen, A., Leroy, H., Berg, M. P., & Halfwerk, W. (2023). Acoustic camouflage increases with body size and changes with bat (echolocation frequency range in a community of nocturnally active Lepidoptera. Journal of Animal Ecology, 92(12), 2363-2372.

Simon, R., Matt, F., Santillan, V., Tschapka, M., Tuttle, M. and Halfwerk, W. (2023). An ultrasound absorbing inflorescence zone enhances echo-acoustic contrast of bat-pollinated cactus flowers. Journal of Experimental Biology, 226(5), Article jeb245263.


Simon, R., Varkevisser, J. M., E. Mendoza, M., Hochradel, K., Elsinga, R., Wiersma, P., Middelburg, E. Zoeter, E., Scharff, C., Riebel, K. and Halfwerk, W.H. (2022). RoboFinch: an audio-visually synchronised singing robot to study vocal imitation and multimodal communication in songbirds. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 14(4), 1092-1103.

Loth, A., Güntürkün, O., von Fersen, L., & Janik, V. M. (2022). Through the looking glass: how do marked dolphins use mirrors and what does it mean? Animal Cognition, 25(5), 1151-1160.

Pavese, S.; Centeno, C.; von Fersen, L.; Eguizábal, G.V.; Donet, L.; Asencio, C.J.; Villarreal, D.P.; Busso, J.M. (2022). Video Validation of Tri-Axial Accelerometer for Monitoring Zoo-Housed Tamandua tetradactyla: Activity Patterns in Response to Changes in Husbandry Conditions. Animals, 12(19), Article 2516.

Simon, R., Dreissen, A., Leroy, H., Berg, M., & Halfwerk, W. (2022). Stealth coating enables for larger body size in a predator-prey arms race. Authorea Preprints. https://10.22541/au.166151721.10645561/v1

Dietrich, A., von Fersen, L. & Hammerschmidt, K. (2022). Signature Calls in West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus)? Aquatic Mammals, 48(4), 349-354.

Gimmel, A., Baumgartner, K., Bäckert, S., Tschudin, A., Lang, B., Hein, A., Marcordes, S., Wyss, F., Wenker, C., Liesegang, A. (2022): Effects of Storage Time and Thawing Method on Selected Nutrients in Whole Fish for Zoo Animal Nutrition. Animals, 12, Article 2847.

Meegan, J., Gomez, F., Barratclough, A., Smith, C., Sweeney, J., Ruoppolo, V., Kolesnikovas, C., Pinho da Silva Filho, R., Lima Canabarro, P., Laporta, P., Loureiro, J. P., Alvarez, K., Rodriguez Heredia, S. A., Cabrera, A., Faiella, A., Saubidet, A. & von Fersen, L. (2022), Rescue and Rehabilitation Protocol for juvenile/Adult Franciscana dolphins Pontoporia blainvillei (AFCR3 – Publication Nr. 02 – 2023). Alliance of Franciscana-Dolphin Conservation, Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation (AFCR3).

Fischer, D., Oliveira, M. J. de, Baumgartner, K., Will, H., Wu, S., Bosso, P., Ferreira Teles, P. H., Cubas, Z. S., Lierz, M., & von Fersen, L. (2022). A pilot study about assisted reproduction in harpy eagles (Harpia harpyja) in the course of species conservation including collection, storage, and analysis of semen. Theriogenology, 181, 190–201.

Hüttner, T., von Fersen, L., Miersch, L., Czech, N. U., & Dehnhardt, G. (2022). Behavioral and anatomical evidence for electroreception in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). The Anatomical Record, 305(3), 592–608.

Zuerl, M., Stoll, P., Brehm, I., Raab, R., Zanca, D., Kabri, S., Happold, J., Nille, H., Prechtel, K., Wuensch, S., Krause, M., Seegerer, S., von Fersen, L., & Eskofier, B. (2022). Automated video-based analysis framework for behavior monitoring of individual animals in zoos using deep learning—A study on polar bears. Animals, 12(6), Article 692.

Varkevisser, J. M., E. Mendoza, M., Simon, R., Manet, M., W. H. Halfwerk, C. Scharff and Riebel, K. (2022). Multimodality during live tutoring is relevant for vocal learning in zebra finches. Animal Behaviour |

Rickert, D., Simon, R., von Fersen, L., Baumgartner, K., Bertsch, T., Kirschbaum, C., & Erhard, M. (2022). Saliva and Blood Cortisol Measurement in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus): Methodology, Application, and Limitations. Animals, 12(1), 22. |

Mynett, N., Mossman, H. L., Huettner, T., & Grant, R. A. (2022). Diversity of vibrissal follicle anatomy in cetaceans. The Anatomical Record, 305(3), 609-621. |


Simon, R., Bakunowski, K., Reyes-Vasques, A. E., Tschapka, M., Knörnschild, M., Steckel, J., & Stowell, D. (2021). Acoustic traits of bat-pollinated flowers compared to flowers of other pollination syndromes and their echo-based classification using convolutional neural networks. PLoS Computational Biology, 17(12), e1009706. |

Verreycken, E., Simon, R., Quirk-Royal, B., Daems, W., Barber, J., & Steckel, J. (2021). Bio-acoustic tracking and localization using heterogeneous, scalable microphone arrays. Communications Biology, 4(1), 1-11. |

Taylor, B., Abel, G., Bader, D., Barlow, J., Braulik, G., Cipriano, F., Collins, T., DeMaster, D., von Fersen, L., Gomez, F., Hao, Y., Miller, P. S., Minton, G., Reeves, R. R., Rojas-Bracho, L. Secchi, E., Smith, C. R., Suydam, R., Wang, D., Wells, R. S., Zerbini, A., (2021) An introduction to Integrated Conservation Planning for Cetaceans, including areas of potential collaboration with IWC to ad- vance small cetacean conservation. Report International Whaling Commission-Scientific Committee SC/68C/SM/03

Hüttner, T.; Dollhäupl, S.; Simon, R.; Baumgartner, K.; von Fersen, L. (2021). Activity Budget Comparisons Using Long-Term Observations of a Group of Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) under Human Care: Implications for Animal Welfare. Animals, 11, 2107. |  

Varkevisser, J. M., R. Simon, E. Mendoza, M. How, I. van Hijlkema, R. Jin, Q. Liang, C. Scharff, W. H. Halfwerk, and K. Riebel. (2021) Adding colour-realistic video images to audio playbacks increases stimulus engagement but does not enhance vocal learning in zebra finches. Animal Cognition:1-26. |  

Haase, G., Baumgartner, K., von Fersen, L., Merle, R., Wiegard, M., Will, H., … & Thöne-Reineke, C. (2021). Feather Corticosterone Measurements and Behavioral Observations in the Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) Living under Different Flight Restraint Conditions in German Zoos. Animals11(9), 2522. |

Leineweber, C., Beckmann, J., Westerhüs, U., Müller, E., & Fischer, D. (2021). Clinical chemistry, vitamin, electrophoresis, and hematologic analytes of black-headed ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine51(4), 948-957. |

Schaffer, A., Caicoya, A. L., Colell, M., Holland, R., von Fersen, L., Widdig, A., & Amici, F. (2021). Neophobia in 10 ungulate species—a comparative approach. Behavioral ecology and sociobiology75(7), 1-12. |

Voit, M., Baumgartner, K., von Fersen, L., Merle, R., Reese, L., Wiegard, M., … & Thöne-Reineke, C. (2021). Comparison of Two Different Feather Sampling Methods to Measure Corticosterone in Wild Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) and Wild Mallards (Anas platyrhynchos). Animals11(10), 2796.

Briceño, Y., Sánchez, L., Trujillo, F., von Fersen, L., & Ramírez, S. (2021). Aquatic Wildmeat Consumption of Guiana Dolphins (Sotalia guianensis) in Lake Maracaibo System, Venezuela. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, Article 625801.

Walb, R., von Fersen, L., Meijer, T., & Hammerschmidt, K. (2021). Individual Differences in the Vocal Communication of Malayan Tapirs (Tapirus indicus) Considering Familiarity and Relatedness. Animals11(4), Article 1026.

Hein, A., Baumgartner, K., von Fersen, L., Bechshoft, T., Woelfing, B., Kirschbaum, C., … & Siebert, U. (2021). Analysis of hair steroid hormones in polar bears (Ursus maritimus) via liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry: comparison with two immunoassays and application for longitudinal monitoring in zoos. General and comparative endocrinology310, Article 113837.