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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Publications

2017

Wu, D., Behringer, V., Wittig, R. M., Leendertz, F., & Deschner, T. (2017). Urinary neopterin increases during a respiratory outbreak in wild chimpanzees (Tai National Park, Cote d'Ivoire). Folia primatologica, 88(2), 143.
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Behringer, V., & Deschner, T. (2017). Non-invasive monitoring of physiological markers in primates. Hormones and Behavior, 91, 3-18.
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Behringer, V., Stevens, J. M. G., Leendertz, F. H., Hohmann, G., & Deschner, T. (2017). Validation of a method for the assessment of urinary neopterin levels to monitor health status in non-human-primate species. Frontiers in Physiology, 8.
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Boehlke, C., Pötschke, S., Hannig, C., Zierau, O., & Behringer, V. (2017). Does diet influence salivary enzyme activities in elephant species? Journal of Comparative Physiology B-Biochemical Systemic and Environmental Physiology, 187, 213-226.
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Wu, D., Behringer, V., Wittig, R. M., Leendertz, F., & Deschner, T. (2017). Urinary neopterin increases during a respiratory outbreak in wild chimpanzees (Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire). Talk presented at 7th European Federation for Primatology Meeting - 30e Colloque de la Société Francophone de Primatologie. Strasbourg, France. 2017-08-21 - 2017-08-25.
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2016

Schaebs, F. S., Wolf, T. E., Behringer, V., & Deschner, T. (2016). Fecal thyroid hormones allow for the noninvasive monitoring of energy intake in capuchin monkeys. Journal of Endocrinology, 231(1), 1-10.
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Oelze, V. M., Douglas, P. H., Stephens, C. R., Behringer, V., Surbeck, M., Richards, M. P., Fruth, B., & Hohmann, G. (2016). The steady state great ape? Long term isotopic records reveal the effects of season, social rank and reproductive status on bonobo feeding behaviour. PLoS One, 11(9): e0162091.
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Behringer, V., Wudy, S. A., Blum, W. F., Stevens, J. M. G., Rehmer, T., Boesch, C., & Hohmann, G. (2016). Sex differences in age-related decline of urinary insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 levels in adult bonobos and chimpanzees. Frontiers in endocrinology, 7: 118.
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Kano, F., Hirata, S., Deschner, T., Behringer, V., & Call, J. (2016). Nasal temperature drop in response to a playback of conspecific fights in chimpanzees: A thermo-imaging study. Physiology & Behavior, 155, 83-94.
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Behringer, V., Stevens, J. M. G., Kivell, T. L., Neufuss, J., Boesch, C., & Hohmann, G. (2016). Within arm's reach: Measuring forearm length to assess growth patterns in captive bonobos and chimpanzees. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 161(1), 37-43.
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2015

Schaebs, F. S., Wolf, T. E., Behringer, V., & Deschner, T. (2015). Monitoring energy balance in yellow breasted capuchins (Sapajus xanthosternos) by measuring total T3 in non-invasively collected faecal samples. Folia primatologica, 86(4), 353-354.
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Surbeck, M., Behringer, V., Deschner, T., & Hohmann, G. (2015). Urinary C-peptide levels in male bonobos (Pan paniscus) are related to gregariousness and rank but not to mate competition. Folia primatologica, 86(4), 368.
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Surbeck, M., Deschner, T., Behringer, V., & Hohmann, G. (2015). Urinary C-peptide levels in male bonobos (Pan paniscus) are related to party size and rank but not to mate competition. Hormones and Behavior, 71, 22-30.
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Behringer, V., Deschner, T., Deimel, C., Stevens, J. M., & Hohmann, G. (2015). Differences in life history strategies in bonobos and chimpanzees: Evidence from age-related changes in urinary testosterone levels. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156(S60), 82-82.
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2014

Grüter, C. C., Deschner, T., Behringer, V., Fawcett, K., & Robbins, M. M. (2014). Socioecological correlates of energy balance using urinary C-peptide measurements in wild female mountain gorillas. Physiology & Behavior, 127, 13-19.
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Behringer, V., Deschner, T., Deimel, C., Stevens, J., & Hohmann, G. (2014). Age-related changes in urinary testosterone levels suggest differences in puberty onset and divergent life history strategies in bonobos and chimpanzees. Hormones and Behavior, 66(3), 525-533.
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Behringer, V., Deschner, T., Murtagh, R., Stevens, J. M., & Hohmann, G. (2014). Age-related changes in thyroid hormone levels of bonobos and chimpanzees indicate heterochrony in development. Journal of Human Evolution, 66(1), 83-88.
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Behringer, V., Deschner, T., Murtagh, R., Stevens, J. M., & Hohmann, G. (2014). In bonobos and chimpanzees age-related changes in urinary thyroid hormones indicate heterochrony in their development. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 153(S58), 75-76.
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Behringer, V., Stevens, J. M. G., Hohmann, G., Möstl, E., Selzer, D., & Deschner, T. (2014). Testing the effect of medical positive reinforcement training on salivary cortisol levels in bonobos and orangutans. PLoS One, 9(9): e108664.
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2013

Behringer, V., Borchers, C., Deschner, T., Möstl, E., Selzer, D., & Hohmann, G. (2013). Measurements of salivary alpha amylase and salivary cortisol in hominoid primates reveal within-species consistency and between-species differences. PLoS One, 8(4): e60773.
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Behringer, V., Deschner, T., & Hohmann, G. (2013). Growing up in the light of endocrinology: Life history features of Bonobos and Chimpanzees. Folia primatologica, 84, 248.
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Murtagh, R., Behringer, V., & Deschner, T. (2013). LC-MS as a method for non-invasive measurement of steroid hormones and their metabolites in urine and faeces of animals. Veterinary Medicine Austria, 100(9-10): 4, pp. 247-254. Retrieved from http://www.wtm.at/Archiv.html.
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2012

Behringer, V., Hohmann, G., Stevens, J. M. G., Weltring, A., & Deschner, T. (2012). Adrenarche in bonobos (Pan paniscus): Evidence from ontogenetic changes in urinary dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate levels. Journal of Endocrinology, 214(1), 55-65.
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Behringer, V., Deschner, T., Möstl, E., Selzer, D., & Hohmann, G. (2012). Stress affects salivary alpha-Amylase activity in bonobos. Physiology & Behavior, 105(2), 476-482.
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2009

Behringer, V.; Clauß, W.; Hachenburger, K.; Kuchar, A.; Möstl, E.; Selzer, D. (2009). Effect of giving birth on the cortisol level in a bonobo groups (Pan paniscus) saliva, Short Communication, Primates, Volume 50, 2009, p. 190-193
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2008

Behringer, V.; Hachenburger, K.; Knott, C.; Selzer; D. (2008). What Is a Gorilla’s Most-Loved Toy?. Shape of Enrichment, Volume 17, Issue 1-2, p. 6-11

Oral presentation

2015“Within arm's reach - how and why to measure arm length in bonobos?” Annual CRC Zoo Research Symposium. 20 November 2015. ZOO Antwerpen, Belgium

“Age-related changes in urinary thyroid hormones indicate heterochrony in development in bonobos and chimpanzees“ 84th annual meeting, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, 24-28 March 2015, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

“Growing up - Hormonal correlates during postnatal development in bonobos and chimpanzees in comparison to modern humans” Seminar talk, Department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany 
2014"Hormones Reflect Life History Profiles: Evidence from Comparative Studies on Humans and Apes" 
Invited talk, Max-Planck Institute Tübingen, Germany

"Growing up - Hormonal changes during development in bonobos and chimpanzees in comparison to humans"
Invited speaker Max-Planck LeadNet, 26/27 May 2014, Mainz, Germany

"Growing up – Hormonal changes during development in bonobos and chimpanzees"
Invited talk, Anthropology Department, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

"Age-related changes in urinary thyroid hormones indicate heterochrony in development in bonobos and chimpanzees"
83rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, 8-12 April 2014, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
2013

"Growing up – Hormones and development in humans and apes" Lecture series "Zoo experience, adventure conservation", 2 October 2013, Frankfurt, Germany

"Growing up in the light of endocrinology: Life history features of bonobos and chimpanzees" Conference "European Federation Primatology", 10-13th September 2013, Antwerp, Belgium

“What hormones can tell us about development in bonobos and chimpanzees” Annual CRC Zoo Research Symposium. 29 November 2013. ZOO Antwerpen, Belgium

2012"Adrenarche in bonobos (Pan paniscus). Ontogenetic development in bonobos and chimpanzees."
Conference "Non-invasive Monitoring of Hormones" (ISWE 2012), 23. – 26. September 2012, Wien, Österreich
2010"Living together- Zusammen leben?!" V. Behringer
11. Primate Caretaker Meeting Apenheul, Apeldoorn, Netherland, 07.-10. October 2010

"Sumatra Orang-Utans – stressiger Speichel?" (Sumatran Orangutans – stressful saliva?) V. Behringer
Meeting of “Naturschutzbotschafter” (Conservation Ambassadors), Frankfurt, 17. February 2010
2009"Verhaltens- und Stressuntersuchung bei Großen Menschenaffen" (Analyzing behavior and stress in great apes), V. Behringer
Annual meeting research group for wild biology in Giessen, 18. Mai 2009, Gießen
2008"Stress of zoo housed apes" and "Moving apes, Ape transfer in Zoo Frankfurt" V. Behringer
EUPRIM-Net course „Stress and its Implication on Primate Welfare”
13.10. – 17.10.2008 at the German Primate Centre in Göttingen
2007"Evolution of Enrichment at Ape house Zoo Frankfurt, Germany", C. Knott & V. Behringer
8. International „Environmental Enrichment“ Conference, 5.-10. August 2007, Vienna, Austria
2006"Primatenschatzkisten – Ideen zur Beschäftigung von Menschenaffen" (Treasure chests for primates – Ideas to enriching the life of great apes), V. Behringer
9. Primate Caretaker Meeting Schönbrunn, Vienna, Austria, 27.-29. October 2006

Poster

2015 “Measuring urinary neopterin level variation as a health status indicator in bonobos and chimpanzees” Behringer, V. & Deschenr, T Conference “Non-invasive Monitoring of Hormones” (ISWE 2015), 12. – 14. October 2015, Berlin, Germany

“Indication of heterochrony in development of bonobos and chimpanzees from age-related changes in one thyroid hormone” Behringer, V.; Deschner, T.; Murtagh, R.; Stevens, J.M.G.; Hohmann, G. 14th Conference of the Gesellschaft fuer Primatologie, Leipzig, Germany
2011"Stress affects salivary alpha-Amylase activity in bonobos"
Behringer, V.; Deschner, T; Möstl, E.; Selzer, D.; Hohmann, G. 8th Internationale Conference on behaviour, physiology and genetics of wildlife, 14.-17. September 2011, Berlin
2009"Cortisol and cortisone measurement in Great Apes’ (Gorilla gorilla, Pan paniscus and Pongo abelii) saliva – one hydrogen atom makes a big difference!"
Behringer, V; Clauss, W; Hachenburger, K; Kuchar, A; Möstl, E; Selzer, D.
3rd International Congress European Federation of Primatologists, 12.-15. August 2009, Zürich, Switzerland
Financial support: European Federation for Primatology

"Stress research in three great ape species (Gorilla g. gorilla, Pan paniscus and Pongo abelii)"
Behringer, V; Hachenburger, K; Knott, K; Kuchar, A; Möstl, E; Selzer, D.
11th Conference of the Association of Primatology, 24. – 26. February 2009, Hannover

"Eine Geburt ist für die ganze Bonobogruppe ein aufregendes Ereignis" (Giving birth is for the hole Bonobogroup a amazing event)
Behringer, V; Clauß, W; Hachenburger, K; Kuchar, A; Selzer, D; Möstl, E.
New-Year Conference 2009 University of veterinary medicine Vienna, Austria
  • Poster award
2007"A bulimic Bonobo? Observation of an eating disorder of a Bonobo (Pan paniscus) at Frankfurt Zoo" Behringer, V; Selzer, D.
Doctorate programme of German Zoological Society
(DZG)-Professional group Behavior Biology, Göttingen, German Primate Center and University Göttingen, 17.02.-18.02.2007
2006"Influence of an environmental enrichment feeding devices on the behaviour of Great Apes at Frankfurt Zoo"
Behringer, V; Mühl, T; Zöllmann, M; Brandt, H; Clauß, W; Selzer, D.
99. German Zoological Society (DZG) Conference, Münster, 16.09.- 20.09.2006