Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig, Germany
phone: +49 341 3550 205
e-mail: ammie_kalan[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]eva.mpg.de
By investigating animal communication systems we obtain empirical insight into an animal’s cognitive capacities. As such, my primary research interest lies in animal communication and signalling behaviour. I am also interested in forest ecology, namely the feedback mechanisms by which animals and plants maintain and regulate the ecosystems they are a part of.
I am currently investigating chimpanzee vocal communication, more specifically the extent to which food-associated calls are referential in the wild. Simultaneously I am collaborating with others to develop a novel, non-invasive, conservation tool for wild chimpanzees using passive acoustic monitoring. I therefore use multiple research approaches in my current doctoral work at Taï National Park in Côte d’Ivoire. This includes using solar-powered recording devices in the forest (for project details visit http://www.saisbeco.com/) as well as ‘active’ vocal recordings, coupled with behavioural and ecological data during focal follows of individual chimpanzees. Since all great ape species are endangered, bridging the gap between behavioural research and applied conservation is something I hope to encourage with my work. Ultimately, any tool we are able to develop would ideally be adapted for other vocal primates.
This work is funded by and in collaboration with the Max Planck Society & Fraunhofer Institutes IDMT and IIS.