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Peter Kappeler


Sociobiology/Anthropology
Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach-Institute for Zoology & Anthropology / German Primate Center


Research Interests


  • Evolution of social systems

  • Primatology

  • Animal Behaviour

  • Tropical Biodiversity



Education and Employment

2003 -Professor (C4) and Head of Department Sociobiology/Anthropology, Georg August University Göttingen and Head of Department Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, German Primate Center (“Brückenprofessur”)
2003Professor, Department of Behavioural Ecology, Universität Leipzig
1998 - 2003Lecturer in Zoology and Tropical Ecology, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
1997 - 2003Interim Head, Department of Ethology/Ecology, German Primate Center, Göttingen
1993 - 2001Lecturer, l`Université d`Antananarivo, Madagascar
1993 - 1998Habilitation, Zoology, Julius Maximilian University Würzburg, Germany
1987 - 1992PhD thesis, Department of Zoology, Duke University, USA
1981 - 1987Study of Biology at the University of Tübingen and Duke University, USA



Selected honors and awards

2016 - 2017Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin



Selected publications

Schneider TC, Kappeler PM (2016). Gregarious sexual segregation: the unusual so-cial organization of the Malagasy narrow-striped mongoose (Mungotictis decemlineata). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 70(6): 913-26

Kappeler PM, Cremer S, Nunn CL (2015). Sociality and health: impacts of sociality on disease susceptibility and transmission in animal and human societies. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 370: 20140116

Schneider TC, Kappeler PM (2014). Social systems and life-history characteristics of mongooses. Biological Reviews 89: 173-98

Gamero A, Székely T, Kappeler PM (2014). Delayed juvenile dispersal and monog-amy, but no cooperative breeding in white-breasted mesites (Mesitornis variegata). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 68(1): 73-83

Kappeler PM (2014). Lemur behaviour informs the evolution of social monogamy. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29(11): 591-3

Kappeler PM, Barrett L, Blumstein DL, Clutton-Brock TH (2013). Constraints and flexibility in mammalian social behaviour: introduction and synthesis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 368: 20120337

Huchard E, Canale CI, Le Gros C, Perret M, Henry P-Y, Kappeler PM (2012). Con-venience polyandry or convenience polygyny? Costly sex under female control in a promiscuous primate. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 279: 1371-9

Kappeler PM, Fichtel C (2012). Female reproductive competition in Eulemur rufifrons: eviction and reproductive restraint in a plurally breeding Malagasy primate. Molecular Ecology 21: 685-98

Kappeler PM, Wimmer B, Zinner D, Tautz D (2002). Hidden genetic matrilineal struc-ture of a solitary lemur: implications for primate social evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 269: 1755-63

Kappeler PM, van Schaik CP (2002). Evolution of primate social systems. International Journal of Primatology 23: 707-40






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Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler
Abteilung Verhaltensökologie & Soziobiologie
Deutsches Primatenzentrum
Kellnerweg 4
37077 Göttingen
Tel.: +49-551-3851-284

Abteilung für Soziobiologie / Anthropologie
Johann-Friedrich-Blumenbach Institut für Zoologie & Anthropologie
Universität Göttingen
Kellnerweg 6
37077 Göttingen
Tel.: +49-551-39-7317

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