Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Birger Puppe

+49 38208 68-802
Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN)
Institute of Behavioural Physiology
Director
Wilhelm-Stahl-Allee 2
18196 Dummerstorf

Research interests

  • Behavioural Biology and Animal Welfare of Applied Animals:
    • Social behaviour and stress physiology
    • Learning behaviour, cognition and emotion
    • Bioacoustics and acoustic communication
    • Theory and methodology in applied ethology

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2014-present: Head of the Institute of Behavioural Physiology, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2011-present: University Professor for Behavioural Sciences at the University of Rostock (joint professorship with the FBN Dummerstorf)
  • 2009-present: Head of the Group/Department of Applied Ethology, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 2008: Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) at the Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • 1993: Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat. in Behavioural Biology) at the Humboldt-University Berlin
  • 1989-present: Research Scientist, Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) Dummerstorf
  • 1989: Graduation in Biology (Dipl.-Biol.) at the Humboldt-University Berlin
  • 1984-1989: Study of Biology (behavioural science and physiology)

Teaching

  • Principles of behavioural biology (BSc), Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock
  • Principles of livestock ethology and animal welfare (MSc), Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock
  • Expert systems in animal welfare (MSc), Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Rostock

Publications

Manteuffel, C.; Puppe, B. (2019):
First results of a practical validation of signal feeding - an automated operant conditioning in sows. In: Precision Livestock Farming '19 : Papers prsented at the 9th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, Cork, Ireland, 26-29 August 2019 (B. O’Brien, D. Hennessy, L. Shalloo, Hrsg.) Teagasc, Cork (978-1-84170-654-2): 559-565
Tuchscherer, M.; Puppe, B.; Tuchscherer, A.; Kanitz, E. (2018):
Psychosocial stress sensitizes neuroendocrine and inflammatory responses to Escherichia coli challenge in domestic piglets. Brain Behav Immun 68: 274-287
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2017.10.026
Goursot, C.; Düpjan, S.; Tuchscherer, A.; Puppe, B.; Leliveld, L. M. C. (2018):
Behavioural lateralization in domestic pigs (Sus scrofa) - variations between motor functions and individuals. Laterality 23 (5): 576-598
https://doi.org/10.1080/1357650X.2017.1410555
Röttgen, V.; Becker, F.; Tuchscherer, A.; Wrenzycki, C.; Düpjan, S.; Schön, P.- C.; Puppe, B. (2018):
Vocalization as an indicator of estrus climax in Holstein heifers during natural estrus and superovulation. J Dairy Sci 101 (3): 2383-2394
https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2017-13412
Kalbe, C.; Zebunke, M.; Lösel, Dorothea; Brendle, J.; Hoy, St.; Puppe, B. (2018):
Voluntary locomotor activity promotes myogenic growth potential in domestic pigs. Sci Rep-UK 8: 2533, 1-11
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-20652-2
Nawroth, C.; Langbein, J.; Puppe, B. (2018):
Swine Cognition. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior (J. Vonk, T. K. Shackelford, Hrsg.) Springer International Publishing, Cham (ISBN 978-3-319-47829-6, https://doi.org/10.1007/97): 1-8
Finkemeier, M.; Langbein, J.; Puppe, B. (2018):
Personality research in mammalian farm animals: concepts, measures, and relationship to welfare. Front Vet Sci 5: 131, 1-15
https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2018.00131
Zebunke, M.; Kreiser, M.; Melzer, N.; Langbein, J.; Puppe, B. (2018):
Better, not just more - contrast in qualitative aspects of reward facillitates impulse control in pigs. Front Psychol 9: 2099, 1-12
https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02099
Kreiser, M.; Puppe, B.; Langbein, J.; Melzer, N.; Zebunke, M. (2018):
Der Einfluss des Alters auf Diskriminierungslernen und Impulskontrolle bei Schweinen. In: Aktuelle Arbeiten zur artgemäßen Tierhaltung 2018 : Vorträge anlässlich der 50. Internationalen Arbeitstagung Angewandte Ethologie bei Nutztieren der Deutschen Veterinärmedizinischen Gesellschaft e.V. (DVG), Fachgruppe Ethologie und Tierhaltung, vom 22. bis 24. November 2018 in Freiburg im Breisgau (KTBL-Schrift , 514) KTBL, Darmstadt (ISBN 978-3-945088-60-9): 251-253
https://www.ktbl.de/inhalte/themen/ueber-uns/projekte/dvg/
Kalbe, C.; Lösel, D.; Block, J.; Lefaucheur, L.; Brüssow, K.-P.; Bellmann, O.; Pfuhl, R.; Puppe, B.; Otten, W.; Metges, C. C.; Rehfeldt, C. (2017):
Moderate high or low maternal protein diets change gene expression but not the phenotype of skeletal muscle from porcine fetuses. DOMEST ANIM ENDOCRIN 58: 63-75
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.domaniend.2016.08.003
Düpjan, S.; Stracke, J.; Tuchscherer, A.; Puppe, B. (2017):
An improved design for the spatial judgement task in domestic pigs. Appl Anim Behav Sci 187: 23-30
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.11.012
Langbein, J.; Puppe, B. (2017):
Comment on "Ducklings imprint on the relational concept of 'same or different'". Science 355 (6327): 806, 1-2"
https://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.aai7431
Stracke, J.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, A.; Puppe, B.; Düpjan, S. (2017):
Serotonin depletion induces pessimistic-like behavior in a cognitive bias paradigm in pigs. Physiol Behav 174: 18-26
https://dx.doi.org//10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.02.036
Krause, A.; Puppe, B.; Langbein, J. (2017):
Coping style modifies general and affective autonomic reactions of domestic pigs in different behavioral contexts. Front Behav Neurosci 11: 103, 1-13
https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00103
Düpjan, S.; Puppe, B. (2017):
Wohlbefinden beim Hausschwein - Konzept und Indikatoren. Tieraerztl Umschau 72 (6): 218-225
Stracke, J.; Otten, W.; Tuchscherer, A.; Witthahn, M.; Metges, C. C.; Puppe, B.; Düpjan, S. (2017):
Dietary tryptophan supplementation and affective state in pigs. J Vet Behav 20: 82-90
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2017.03.009
Zebunke, M.; Nürnberg, G.; Melzer, N.; Puppe, B. (2017):
The backtest in pigs revisited—Inter-situational behaviour and animal classification. Appl Anim Behav Sci 194: 7-13
doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2017.05.011
Puppe, B. (2017):
Was ist Tierwohl aus Sicht der Nutztierethologie? . In: Nutztierhaltung: Herausforderungen und Implikationen für die Forschung (Agrarspectrum , 49) DLG-Verlag, Frankfurt a.M. ( 978-3-7690-5050-9): 19-30
Leliveld, L. M. C.; Düpjan, S.; Tuchscherer, A.; Puppe, B. (2017):
Vocal correlates of emotional reactivity within and across contexts in domestic pigs (Sus scrofa). Physiol Behav 181: 117-126
https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physbeh.2017.09.010
Düpjan, S.; Stracke, J.; Puppe, B. (2017):
Sind Schweine Optimisten oder Pessimisten? Untersuchungsansätze zum cognitive bias beim Hausschwein. In: Emotionen und Stimmung bei Nutztieren (Nutztierhaltung im Fokus , Herbst 2017) Internationale Gesellschaft für Nutztierhaltung, München (978-3-9524555-5-5): 23-26