Christof Neumann

Research interest

I am a behavioural biologist and generally interested in social evolution. My work in the Department of Comparative Cognition will focus on communicative flexibility and cognitive abilities and how these aspects interact with social behaviour in wild primates. Currently, I am planning a set of pilot studies to be conducted on sooty mangabeys in Taï National Park, Ivory Coast.

My previous work focused on dynamics in social relationships. For this I studied correlates of dominance status in crested macaque males in Indonesia, investigating the link between dominance trajectories over time, coalitions and personality. During this project I also developed an interest in methodological issues, such as how to overcome limitations in currently used methods to quantify dominance relationships and, more generally, social relationships.



Neumann, C, Agil, M, Widdig, A, & Engelhardt, A (2013).
Personality of wild male crested macaques (Macaca nigra).
PLoS ONE, 8, e69383

Micheletta, J, Waller, BM, Panggur, MR, Neumann, C, Duboscq, J,
Agil, M, & Engelhardt, A (2012).
Social bonds affect anti-predator behaviour in a tolerant species of macaque,
Macaca nigra
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279, 4042-4050.

Engelhardt, A, Fischer, J, Neumann, C, Pfeifer, J-B, & Heistermann, M (2012).
Information content of female copulation calls in wild long-tailed macaques
(Macaca fascicularis).
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 66, 121-134

Neumann, C, Duboscq, J, Dubuc, C, Ginting, A, Irwan, AM, Agil, M, Widdig, A,
& Engelhardt, A (2011).
Assessing dominance hierarchies: validation and advantages of
progressive evaluation with Elo-rating.
Animal Behaviour, 82, 911-921

Neumann, C, Assahad, G, Hammerschmidt, K, Perwitasari-Farajallah, D,
& Engelhardt, A (2010).
Loud calls in male crested macaques (Macaca nigra) - a signal of dominance
in a tolerant species.
Animal Behaviour, 79, 187-193

Albert, FW, Carlborg, Ö, Plyusnina, I, Besnier, F, Hedwig, D, Lautenschläger, S,
Lorenz, D, McIntosh, J, Neumann, C, Richter, H, Zeising, C, Kozhemyakina, R,
Shchepina, O, Kratzsch, J, Trut, L, Teupser, D, Thiery, J, Schöneberg, T, Andersson,
L, Pääbo, S (2009).
Genetic architecture of tameness in a rat model of animal domestication.
Genetics, 182, 541-554

Duboscq, J, Neumann, C, Perwitasari-Farajallah, D, & Engelhardt, A (2008).
Day time birth of a baby wild crested black macaque (Macaca nigra).
Behavioural Processes, 79, 81-84




Christopf Neumann




Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de Biologie
Cognition Comparée
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel

room B027 (Bâtiment G)