Peter Kappeler


German Primate Center (DPZ)

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Head of the Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit


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Peter Kappeler holds a chair for Sociobiology / Anthropology at the University of Göttingen and is the head of the Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit at the German Primate Center. He studied Biology and Psychology at the University of Tübingen and at Duke University, where he also obtained his PhD in Zoology. His research interests focus on the social systems of non-human primates. For the past 20 years, his empirical work has focused on the social and mating systems of Malagasy primates, carnivores and birds, which he and his students have been studying at Kirindy Forest. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and authored or edited about 15 books and special issues, including “The Lemurs of Madagascar” and a (German) textbook on animal behavior.

Domaines d’expertise/Area of expertise: Lemur social systems

Espèces étudiées / Species : Mirza coquereli, Microcebus murinus, M. berthae, Eulemur rufifrons, Propithecus verreauxi

1.        Kappeler PM, Cuozzo FP, Fichtel C, Ganzhorn JU, Gursky-Doyen S, Irwin MT, Ichino S, Lawler R, Nekaris KAI, Ramanamanjato JB, Radespiel U, Sauther ML, Wright PC and Zimmermann E (2017). Long-term field studies of lemurs, lorises and tarsiers. Journal of Mammalogy 98:661-669.

2.       Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2015). Eco-evo-devo of the lemur syndrome: did adaptive behavioral plasticity get canalized in a large primate radiation? Frontiers in Zoology 12:S15, doi:10.1186/1742-9994-12-S1-S15

3.       Kappeler PM (2014). Lemur behaviour informs the evolution of social monogamy. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29:591-593.

4.      Kappeler PM (2012). Behavioral ecology of strepsirrhines and tarsiers. Pp. 17-42 in: Mitani JC, Call J, Kappeler PM, Palombit R, Silk J (eds) The Evolution of Primate Societies. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

5.       Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2012). Female reproductive competition in Eulemur rufifrons: eviction and reproductive restraint in a plurally breeding Malagasy primate. Molecular Ecology 21:685-698.