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Simon, R; Varkevisser, J; Mendoza, E; Hochradel, K; Elsinga, R; Wiersma, P Middelburg, E; Zoeter, E; Scharff, C Riebel, K (2023)
RoboFinch: A versatile audio-visual synchronised robotic bird model for
laboratory and field research on songbirds Methods in Ecology and Evolution 14: 1092–1103

Heim, F., Fischer, S. E, Scharff, C., Tate, C. T., Riebel, K. (2023)
Effects of cortical FoxP1 knockdowns on learned song preference in female zebra finches

Balaji V, Haverkamp S, Seth PK, Günther A, Mendoza E, Schmidt J, Herrmann M, Pfeiffer LL, Němec P, Scharff C, Mouritsen H, Dedek K.J (2023)
Immunohistochemical characterization of bipolar cells in four
distantly related avian species. J Comp Neurol. 531(4):561-581. doi: 10.1002/cne.25443

Balaji, V., Haverkamp, S., Seth, P., Günther, A., Mendoza, E., Schmidt, J., Herrmann, M.,  Pfeiffer, L., Němec, P., Scharff, C., Mouritsen, H., Dedek, K. (2022)
Immunohistochemical characterization of bipolar cells in four distantly related avian species

Simon, R., Varkevisser, J., Mendoza, E., Hochradel, K., Elsinger, R., Wiersma, P., Middelburg, E., Zoeter, E., Scharff, C., Riebel, K., Halfwerk, W. (2022)
RoboFinch: a versatile audio-visual synchronized robotic bird model for laboratory and field research on songbirds
Methods in Ecology and Evolution DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.14063
Varkevisser, J., Mendoza, E., Maëva, R., Halfwerk, M., Scharff, C., Riebel, K. (2022)
Multimodality during live tutoring is relevant for vocal learning in zebra finches.

Varkevisser, J., Mendoza, E., Maëva, R., Halfwerk, M., Scharff, C., Riebel, K. (2022)
Multimodality during live tutoring is relevant for vocal learning in zebra finches. Animal Behaviour 187: 263-280 doi:

Varkevisser J, Simon R, Mendoza E, How M, van Hijlkema I, Jin R, Liang Q, Scharff C, Halfwerk W, Riebel K (2021) Adding colour‑realistic video images to audio playbacks increases stimulus engagement but does not enhance vocal learning in zebra finchesAnimal Cognition, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-021-01547-8

Scharff C (2021) Trällern und Tirilieren. Biologische Parallelen zwischen menschlicher Sprache und Vogelgesang. Buchkapitel in: Avifauna Aesthetica, S. 179-186, (Hg.: Tanja van Hoorn), Wallstein Verlag Göttingen 2021, ISBN 978-3-8353-3858-6

Kosubek-Langer J and Scharff C (2020) Dynamic FoxP2 levels in male zebra finches are linked to morphology of adult-born Area X medium spiny neurons. Scientific Reports (2020) 10:4787 doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-61740-6

Ralph, S.,Varkevisser, J.,Mendoza, E., Hochradel, K., Scharff, C., Riebel, K., Halfwerk, W. (2019) Development and application of a robotic zebra finch (RoboFinch) to study multimodal cues in vocal communication, DOI 10.7287/peerj.preprints.28004v3

Ten Cate C and Scharff C (2019) Key Issues and Future Directions: The Comparative Approach to Language. In: Human language: from genes and brains to behavior, Author: Peter Hagoort, Publisher: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts,ISBN: 9780262042635, Chapter 49, 713-718     

Scharff C, Knörnschild M and Jarvis ED (2019) Vocal Learning and Spoken Language: Insights from Animal Models with an Emphasis on Genetic Contributions.  In: Human language: from genes and brains to behavior, Author: Peter Hagoort, Publisher: The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts,ISBN: 9780262042635, Chapter 46, 657-685     

Norton P, Barschke P, Scharff C, Mendoza E (2019) Differential Song Deficits after Lentivirus-Mediated Knockdown of FoxP1, FoxP2, or FoxP4 in Area X of Juvenile Zebra Finches. Journal of Neuroscience, 4 December 2019, 39 (49) 9782-9796; DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1250-19.2019

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Halfwerk W, Varkevisser J, Simon R, Mendoza E, Scharff C and Riebel K (2019) Toward Testing for Multimodal Perception of Mating Signals. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, April 2019, Vol.7, Article 124. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00124

Petri J, Knorr R L (2019) Interactive Autophagy: Monitoring a Novel Form of Selective Autophagy by Macroscopic Observations. In: Ktistakis N., Florey O. (eds) Autophagy. Methods inMolecular Biology, vol 1880. Humana Press, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-8873-0_48 

Burchardt LS, Norton P, Behr O, Scharff C and Knörnschild M (2019) General isochronous rhythm in echolocation calls and social vocalizations of the bat Saccopterix bilineata. Royal Society Open Science 6: 181076. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181076

Schatton A, Agoro J, Mardink J, Leboulle G and Scharff C (2018) Identification of the neurotransmitter profile of AmFoxP expressing neurons in the honeybee brain using double‑label in situ hybridization. BMC Neuroscience 2018 19:69, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12868-018-0469-1

Schatton A, Mendoza E, Grube K, Scharff C (2018) FoxP in bees: A comparative study on the developmental and adult expression pattern in three bee species considering isoforms and circuitry. The J Comp Neurol. 2018; 526: 1589-1610 doi: 10.1002/cne.24430

Scharff C (2018) Trällern und Tirilieren. Biologische Parallelen zwischen menschlicher Sprache und Vogelgesang. Buchkapitel in: Abecedarium der Sprache, S. 205-213, (Hg.: C. Fröhlich, M. Grötschel, W. Klein), Kulturbuchverlag Kadmos Berlin, ISBN 978-3865994165

Wilde LR, Günther L, Mayer F, Knörnschild M, Nagy M (2018) Thermoregulatory requirements shape mating opportunities of male proboscis bats. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: 199.

Mumm CAS, Knörnschild M (2018) Mustelid Communication. In: Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior (J. Vonk , T. Shackelford, eds). Springer International Publishing. (Mumm & Knörnschild 2018)

Schatton A, Scharff C (2017) FoxP expression identifies a Kenyon cell subtype in the honeybee mushroom bodies linking them to fruit fly αβc neurons. Eur J Neurosci. 2017 Nov;46(9): 2534-2541. doi: 10.1111/ejn.13713

Kosubek-Langer J, Schulze L, Scharff C (2017) Maturation, Behavioral Activation, and Connectivity of Adult-Born Medium Spiny Neurons in a Striatal Song Nucleus. Front Neurosci. 2017 Jun 7;11:323. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00323. eCollection 2017

Mead AF, Osinalde N, Ørtenblad N, Nielsen J, Brewer J, Vellema M, Adam I, Scharff C, Song Y, Frandsen U, Blagoev B, Kratchmarova I, Elemans C (2017) Fundamental constraints in synchronous muscle limit superfast motor control in vertebrates. eLife 2017;6:e29425 doi: 10.7554/eLife.29425

Adam I, Mendoza E, Kobalz U, Wohlgemuth S and Scharff C (2017) CNTNAP2 is a direct FoxP2 target in vitro and in vivo in zebra finches: complex regulation by age and activity. Genes, Brain and Behavior. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/gbb.12390

Mendoza E, Scharff C (2017) Protein-Protein Interaction Among the FoxP Family Members and their Regulation of Two Target Genes, VLDLR and CNTNAP2 in the Zebra Finch Song System. Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2017.00112

ter Hofstede H, Voigt-Heucke S, Lang A, Römer H, Page R, Faure P, & Dechmann D (2017) Revisiting adaptations of neotropical katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) to gleaning bat predation. Neotropical Biodiversity3(1), 41-49

Ravignani A, Fitch WT, Hanke FD, Heinrich T, Hurgitsch B, Kotz SA, Scharff C, Stoeger AS, de Boer B (2016) What Pinnipeds Have to Say about Human Speech, Music, and the Evolution of Rhythm. Front Neurosci. 2016 Jun 20;10:274. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00274. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27378843, free PMC Article

Schatton A, Scharff C (2016) Next stop: Language. The ‘FOXP2’ gene’s journey through time. MÈTODE Science Studies Journal (2016). University of Valencia; DOI: 10.7203/metode.7.7248

Janney E, Taylor H, Scharff C, Rothenberg D, Parra LC, Tchernichovski O (2016) Temporal regularity increases with repertoire complexity in the Australian pied butcherbird's song. Royal Society open science; DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160357

Norton P, Scharff C (2016) “Bird Song Metronomics”: Isochronous Organization of Zebra Finch Song Rhythm. Front. Neurosci., 06 July 2016 | doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2016.00309

Voigt-Heucke S, Zimmer S, Kipper S (2016) Does Interspecific Eavesdropping Promote Aerial Aggregations in European Pipistrelle Bats During Autumn? Ethology 07/2016; DOI:10.1111/eth.12519

Vicario A, Mendoza E, Abellan A, Scharff C, Medina L (2016) Genoarchitecture of the extended amygdala in zebra finch, and expression of FoxP2 in cell corridors of different genetic profile. Brain Struct Funct, 2016 May 9 [Epub ahead of print], DOI 10.1007/s00429-016-1229-6

Adam I, Mendoza E, Kobalz U, Wohlgemuth S, Scharff C (2016) FoxP2 directly regulates the reelin receptor VLDLR developmentally and by singing. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (2016), (in press, accepted manuscript), doi: 10.1016/j.mcn.2016.04.002

Ullrich R, Norton P, Scharff C (2016) Waltzing Taeniopygia: integration of courtship song and dance in the Australian zebra finch. (pdf-download, 1784 KBAnimal Behaviour 112 (2016) pp. 285-300, DOI information: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.11.012

Bartsch C, Weiss M & Kipper S (2015) Multiple song features are related to paternal effort in Common nightingales. (pdf-download, 650 KB) BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 115,DOI 10.1186/s12862-015-0390-5

Bartsch C, Hultsch H, Scharff C & Kipper S (2015) What is the whistle all about? A study on whistle songs, related male characteristics, and female song preferences in common nightingales. (pdf-download, 737 KB) Journal of Ornithology, DOI 10.1007/s10336-015-1245-y

Honarmand M, Thompson CK, Schatton A, Kipper S, Scharff C (2015) Early developmental stress negatively affects neuronal recruitment to avian song system nucleus HVC.Developmental Neurobiology, Vol 76 Issue 1: 107-118, DOI: 10.1002/dneu.22302

Wiggins GA, Tyack P, Scharff C, Rohrmeier M (2015) The evolutionary roots of creativity: mechanisms and motivations. (pdf-download, 337 KB) The Royal Society Publishing DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0099

Rohrmeier M, Zuidema W, Wiggins GA, Scharff C (2015) Principles of structure building in music, language and animal song. (pdf-download, 676 KB) The Royal Society Publishing DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0097

Tokarev K, Boender AJ, Claßen GAE, Scharff C (2015) Young, active and well-connected: adult-born neurons in the zebra finch are activated during singing. Brain Structure and Function, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015, doi:10.1007/s00429-015-1006-y

Mendoza E, Tokarev K, Düring DN, Camarillo Retamosa E, Weiss M, Nshdejan A, Scharff C (2015) Differential Co-expression of FoxP1, FoxP2 and FoxP4 in the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata) song system. J Comp Neurol. doi: 10.1002/cne.23731

Roeske TC, Scharff C, Olson CR, Nshdejan A, Mello CV (2014) Long-Distance Retinoid Signaling in the Zebra Finch Brain. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111722.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111722

Kipper S, Kiefer S, Bartsch C, Weiss M (2014) Female calling? Song responses to conspecific call playbacks in nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos). Animal Behaviour. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2014.11.011

Kubikova L, Bosikova E, Cvikova M, Lukacova K, Scharff C & Jarvis ED (2014) Basal ganglia function, stuttering, sequencing, and repair in adult songbirds. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS | 4 : 6590 | DOI: 10.1038/srep06590

Kiefer S, Scharff C, Hultsch H, Kipper S (2014) Learn it now, sing it later? Field and laboratory studies on song repertoire acquisition and song use in nightingales. Naturwissenschaften September 2014,  doi:10.1007/s00114-014-1236-5

Mendoza E, Colomb J, Rybak J, Pflüger HJ, Zars T, Scharff C, Brembs B (2014) Drosophila FoxP Mutants Are Deficient in Operant Self-Learning. PLoS ONE 9(6): e100648. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100648

Wohlgemuth S, Adam I, Scharff C (2014) FoxP2 in songbirds. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2014, 28:86-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2014.06.009  >pdf-download

Brendler C, Kipper S, Schrader L (2014) Vigilance and roosting behaviour of laying hens on different perch heights. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 157 (2014) 93-99. DOI: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.06.004

Philipp Olias, Iris Adam, Anne Meyer, Constance Scharff, Achim D. Gruber (2014) Reference Genes for Quantitative Gene Expression Studies in Multiple Avian Species. PLoS One. 9(6):e99678. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099678.

Weiss M, Hultsch H, Adam I, Scharff C, Kipper S (2014) The use of network analysis to study complex animal communication systems: A study on nightingale song. Proceedings of the  Royal Society B. 20140460; doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.0460

Bartsch C, Wenchel R, Kaiser A, Kipper S (2014) Singing onstage: Female and male Common nightingales eavesdrop on song type matching. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. DOI 10.1007/s00265-014-1727-6

Adam I, Scharff C, Honarmand M (2014) Who is Who? Non-invasive Methods to Individually Sex and Mark Altricial Chicks. J. Vis. Exp. (87), e51429, doi:10.3791/51429         >>> VIDEO

Bessert-Nettelbeck M, Kipper S, Bartsch C, Voigt-Heucke S L (2014) Similar, yet different: male Reed Buntings (Emberiza schoeniclus) show high individual differences in song composition, rates of syllable sharing and use. Journal of Ornithology: doi: 10.1007/s10336-014-1052-x

Murugan M, Harward S, Scharff C, Mooney R (2013) Diminished FoxP2 Levels Affect Dopaminergic Modulation of Corticostriatal Signaling Important to Song Variability. Neuron2013 Dec 18;80(6):1464-76. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2013.09.021. Epub 2013 Nov 21

Dechmann, DKN., Wikelski, M, van Nordwijk, HJ, Voigt, CC, Voigt-Heucke, SL (2013) Metabolic costs of bat echolocation in a non-foraging context support a role in communication. Frontiers in Integrative Physiology 4: article 66.

Vokurkova J, Petruskova T, Reifova R, Kozman A, Morkovsky L, Kipper S, Weiss M, Reif J, Dolata P T, Petrusek A (2013) The causes and evolutionary consequences of miexed singing in two hybridizing songbird species (Luscinia spp.) PLoS ONE 8(4): e60172. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0060172

Apfelbeck B, Mortega K, Kiefer S, Kipper S, Vellema M, Villavicencio C, Gahr M, Goymann W (2013) Associated and disassociated changes in hormones, song, behavior and brain receptor expression between life-cycle stages in male black redstarts, Phoenicurus ochruros. General and Comparative Endocrinology 184: 93-102.

Thompson CK, Schwabe F, Schoof A, Mendoza E, Gampe J, Rochefort C, Scharff C (2013) Young and intense: FoxP2 immunoreactivity in Area X varies with age, song stereotypy, and singing in male zebra finches. Front Neural Circuits. 2013; 7:24. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2013.00024. Epub 2013 Feb 28.

Friederici AD, Petrides M, Scharff C (2013) Neurobiology of human language and its evolution: Primate and Nonprimate Perspectives. Edited by: Ralph L Holloway. Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience 2013, Vol. 5, Art. 1, doi: 10.3389/fnevo.2013.00001

Garcia-Calero E, Scharff C (2013) Calbindin expression in developing striatum of zebra finches and its relation to the formation of Area X. J Comp Neurol. 2013 Feb 1;521(2):326-41. doi: 10.1002/cne.23174

Düring DN, Ziegler A, Thompson CK, Ziegler A, Faber C, Müller J, Scharff C, Elemans CPH (2013) The songbird syrinx morphome: a three-dimensional, high-resolution, interactive morphological map of the zebra finch vocal organ. BMC Biology 2013, 11:1, doi:10.1186/1741-7007-11-1

Scharff C, Adam I (2013) Neurogenetics of birdsong. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 2012, 23:1-8 dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conb.2012.10.001

Thompson CK, Scharff C (2013) A Bird’s-Eye View of FoxP2. In: Birdsong, Speech, and Language (Bolhuis JJ, Everaert M, ed), pp455-470. The MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England.

Langus A, Petri J, Nespor M, Scharff C (2013) FoxP2 and deep homology in the evolution of birdsong and human language. (pdf download) In: Evolutionary Emergence of Language (Botha R, Everaert M, ed.), Oxford 2013, p.223-243

Christian C. Voigt, Ivailo M. Borissovand Silke L. Voigt-Heucke (2012). Terrestrial locomotion imposes high metabolic requirements on bats. Journal of Experimental Biology doi: 10.1242/jeb.076224

Apfelbeck B, Kiefer S, Mortega K, Goymann W & Kipper S (2012) Testosterone affects song modulation during simulated territorial intrusions in male black redstarts (Phoenicurus ochruros).  PLoS ONE 7(12): e52009. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052009.

Weiss M, Kiefer S, Kipper S (2012) Buzzwords in Females’ Ears? The Use of Buzz Songs in the Communication of Nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos). PLoS ONE 7(9): e45057. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045057

Clemens J, Wohlgemuth S, Ronacher B (2012) Nonlinear computations underlying temporal and population sparseness in the auditory system of the grasshopper. J Neurosci. 2012 Jul 18;32(29):10053-62

Bartsch C, Weiss M & Kipper S (2012). The return of the intruder: long-term effects of playbacks from different distances in a territorial songbird. Ethology 118: 876-884.

Christian C. Voigt, Silke L. Voigt-Heucke & Antje S. Kretzschmar (2012). Isotopic evidence for seed transfer from successional areas into forests by short-tailed fruit bats (Carollia spp.; Phyllostomidae). Journal of Tropical Ecology (2012) 28:181–186

Krause ET, Honarmand M and Naguib M (2011) Zebra finch nestlings beg more under better nutritional conditions. Behaviour 148: 1239–1255.

Ofri Mann, Vika Liebermann, Angela Köhler, Carmi Korine, Helen E. Hedworth & Silke L. Voigt-Heucke (2011). Finding your friends at densely populated roosting places: male Egyptian fruit bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus) distinguish between familiar and unfamiliar conspecifics. Acta Chiropterologica 13(2): 411–417

Christian C. Voigt , Silke L. Voigt-Heucke & Karin Schneeberger (2011). Isotopic Data Do Not Support Food Sharing Within Large Networks of Female Vampire Bats (Desmodus rotundus).  Ethology 117: 1–9

Clemens J, Kutzki O, Ronacher B, Schreiber S, Wohlgemuth S (2011) Efficient transformation of an auditory population code in a small sensory system. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Aug 16;108(33):13812-7

Kiefer S, Scharff C, Kipper, S (2011) Does age matter in song bird vocal interactions? Results from interactive playback experiments. Frontiers in Zoology 8:29. doi:10.1186/1742-9994-8-29

Petri J and Scharff C (2011) Evo-devo, deep homology and FoxP2: implications for the evolution of speech and language Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B (2011) 00, 1-17 doi:10.1098/rstb.2011.0001

Tokarev K, Tiunova A, Scharff C, Anokhin K (2011) Food for Song: Expression of C-Fos and ZENK in the Zebra Finch Song Nuclei during Food Aversion Learning. PLoS ONE 6(6): e21157. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021157

Voigt CC, Schneeberger K, Voigt-Heucke SL & Lewanzik D (2011) (in press): Rain increases the energy cost of bat flight. Biology Letters, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0313

Siemers BM, Greif S, Borissov I, Voigt-Heucke SL, Voigt CC (in press) Divergent trophic levels in two cryptic sibling bat species. Oecologia, doi 10.1007/s00442-011-1940-1, in press

Fernald RD, Scharff C (2010) Neurobiology of behavior. Curr Opin Neurobiol 2010 Dec 20(6): 746-7. Epub 2010 Nov 9. PMID: 21071204 [PubMed - in process] (pdf-download 82 KB)

Honarmand M, Goymann W and Naguib M (2010) Stressful Dieting: Nutritional Conditions but Not Compensatory Growth Elevate Corticosterone Levels in Zebra Finch Nestlings and Fledglings. PLoS ONE, 5 (9), art. no. e12930.

Wohlgemuth S, Vogel A, Ronacher B (2010) Encoding of amplitude modulations by auditory neurons of the locust: influence of modulation frequency, rise time, and modulation depth. J Comp Physiol A Neuroethol Sens Neural Behav Physiol, 2010 Sep 24. [Epub ahead of print]

Bolhuis JJ, Okanoya K, Scharff C (2010) Twitter evolution: converging mechanisms in birdsong and human speech. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2010 Nov 11(11):747-759 (pdf-download 468 KB)

Fee MS and Scharff C (2010) The Songbird as a Model for the Generation and Learning of Complex Sequential Behaviors. ILAR Journal, Vol. 51, No. 4, 362-377 (pdf-download 3 MB)

Schulz SB, Haesler S, Scharff C, Rochefort C (2010) Knockdown of FoxP2 alters spine density in Area X of the zebra finch. Genes, Brain & Behavior, Vol. 9, Issue 7, 732-740

Searcy W A, Peters S, Kipper S & Nowicki S (2010)  Female Sparrows Use Song to Assess Male Developmental History. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 64: 1343-1349.

Kiefer S, Sommer C, Scharff C and Kipper S (2010) Singing the Popular Songs? Nightingales Share More Song Types with Their Breeding Population in Their Second Season than in Their First. Ethology 116: 619-626 (pdf-download  224 KB)

Warren WC, Clayton DF, Ellegren H, Arnold AP, Hillier LW, Künstner A, Searle S, White S, Vilella AJ, Fairley S, Heger A, Kong L, Ponting CP, Jarvis ED, Mello CV, Minx P, Lovell P, Velho TAF, Ferris M, Balakrishnan CN, Sinha S, Blatti C, London SE, Li Y, Lin YC, George J, Sweedler J, Southey B, Gunaratne P, Watson M, Nam K, Backström N, Smeds L, Nabholz B, Itoh Y, Whitney O, Pfenning AR, Howard J, Völker M, Skinner BM, Griffin DK, Ye L, McLaren WM, Flicek P, Quesada V, Velasco G, Lopez-Otin C, Puente XS, Olender T, Lancet D, Smit AFA, Hubley R, Konkel MK, Walker JA, Batzer MA, Gu W, Pollock DD, Chen L, Cheng Z, Eichler EE, Stapley J, Slate J, Ekblom R, Birkhead T, Burke T, Burt D, Scharff C, Adam I, Richard H, Sultan M, Soldatov A, Lehrach H, Edwards SV, Yang SP, Li XC, Graves T, Fulton L, Nelson J, Chinwalla A, Hou S, Mardis ER & Wilson RK. (2010) The genome of a songbird.
Nature 464, 757-762 (1 April 2010) |doi:10.1038/nature08819

Creutzig F, Benda J, Wohlgemuth S, Stumpner A, Ronacher B and Herz, AVM (2010) Timescale-invariant Pattern Recognition by Feedforward Inhibition and Parallel Signal Processing. Neural Comp, Feb. 8 online

Scharff C (2010) Schubert, Schumann, Singdrossel und Sprosser: Ein Instinkt für Lieder. In: 'Oktobermusikfest 2009: Himmelsklänge - Vogelgesänge; Vogelstimmen in Musik und Naturwissenschaft'. Herausg.: Johanna Pöllath i. A. der Max-Planck-Förderstiftung. 33-37

Krauß S, So J, Hambrock M, Köhler A, Kunath M, Scharff C, Wessling M, Grzeschik KH, Schneider R, Schweiger S (2009) Point Mutations in GLI3 Lead to Misregulation of its Subcellular Localization. PLOS ONE published 15 Oct 2009 | doi:10.1371/journal.pone.000747

Fisher SE and Scharff C (2009) FOXP2 as a molecular window into speech and language. (pdf-download 1 MB) Trends Genet. 2009 Apr;25(4):166-77. Epub 2009 Mar 21. Review.

Creutzig F*, Wohlgemuth S*, Stumpner A, Benda J, Ronacher B and Herz, AVM (2009) Timescale-invariant representation of acoustic communication signals by a bursting neuron. J Neurosci, 29(8): 2575-80. *these authors contributed equally to this work.

Dechmann, DKN, Heucke, SL et al. (2009) Experimental evidence for group hunting via eavesdropping in echolating bats. Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences 276: 2721-2729

Garcia-Calero E & Puelles L (2009) Enc 1 expression in the chick telencephalon at intermediate and late stages of development. J. Comp. Neurol. Dec 10; 517 (5):564-80

Jacob J, Storm R et al. (2009) Insm 1 (IA-1) is an essential component to the regulatory network that specifies monoaminergic neuronal phenotypes in the vertebrate hindbrain. Development 136, 2477-2485

Krause ET, Honarmand M, Wetzel J and Naguib M (2009) Early fasting is long lasting: Differences in early nutritional conditions reappear under stressful conditions in adult female zebra finches. PLoS ONE 4(3): e5015.doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0005015

Meitzen J, Thompson CK et al. (2009) Time course of chanages in Gambel's white-crowned sparrow song behavior following transitions. Horm. Behav. Jan:55 (1), 217-27

Range F, Heucke SL et al. (2009) The effect of ostensive cues on dog's performance in a manipulative social learning task. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 120: 170-178

Storm R et al. (2009) The bHLH transcription factor Olig3 marks the dorsal neuroepithelium of the hindbrain and is essential for the development of brainstem nuclei. Development 136, 295-305

Thompson CK & Brenowitz EA (2009) Neurogenesis in an adult avian song nucleus is reduced by decreasing caspase-mediated apoptosis. J. of Neuroscience, April 8, 4586-4591

Kiefer S, Sommer C, Scharff C, Kipper S and Mundry R (2009) Tuning towards tomorrow? Common nightingales Luscinia megarhynchos change and increase their song repertoires from the first to the second breeding season. J. Avian Biol. 40: 231-236 (pdf-download 119 KB)

Ronacher B, Wohlgemuth S, Vogel A, & Krahe R (2008) Discrimination of acoustic communication signals by grasshoppers: temporal resolution, temporal integration, and the impact of intrinsic noise. J of Comp Psychol, 122, 3, 252-63

Neuhofer D, Wohlgemuth S, Stumpner S, & Ronacher B (2008) Evolutionarily conserved coding properties of auditory neurons across grasshopper species. Poc R Soc B, 275, 1646: 1965-74

Wohlgemuth S, Ronacher B (2007) Auditory discrimination of amplitude modulations based on metric distances of spike trains. J Neurophysiol 97: 3082-3092

Haesler S, Rochefort C, Georgi B, Licznerski P, Osten P, Scharff C (2007) Incomplete and Inaccurate Vocal Imitation after Knockdown of FoxP2 in Songbird Basal Ganglia Nucleus Area X. (pdf-download 2 MB) PLoS Biology 5 (12): e321

Haesler S. and Scharff, C. (2007) Genes for tuning up the vocal brain: FoxP2 in human speech and birdsong. In press: Neurobiology of Birdsong, Cambridge University Press, eds Peter Marler andd Phil Zeigler.

Mundry R and Sommer C (2007) Ein neues Gefiedermerkmal zur Altersbestimmung bei Nachtigallen (Luscinia megarhynchos) - A new pattern of feather colouration for age determination in Common nightingales. Limicola, in press.

Mundry R and Sommer C (2007) Discriminant function analysis with non-independent data: consequences and an alternative. Animal Behaviour, in press.

Scotto-Lomassese S, Rochefort C, Nshdejan A, Scharff C (2007) HVC interneurons are not renewed in adult male zebra finches. European Journal of Neuroscience 25: 1663-1668. (pdf-download 1 MB)

Rochefort C, He X, Scotto-Lomassese S, Scharff C (2007) Recruitment of FoxP2-expressing neurons to Area X varies during song development. Developmental Neurobiol 67(6): 809-81 7. (pdf-download 544 kB)

Kiefer, S., Spiess, A., Kipper, S., Mundry, R., Sommer, C., Hultsch, H. & Todt, D. (2006) First year common nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) have smaller repertoire sizes than older males. Ethology 112, 1217-1224. (pdf-download 539 kB)

Kiefer, S. and Hultsch, H. (2006) Age related increase of song type repertoires in Common nightingales Luscinia megarhynchos. J. Ornithol. 147 suppl. (2006), p. 96.

Haesler S (2006) Also sprach der Zebrafink. Gehirn und Geist 12 (2006): 52-57. (pdf-download 168 kB)

White SA, Fisher SE, Geschwind DH, Scharff C, Holy TE (2006) Singing mice, songbirds, and more: models for FOXP2 function and dysfunction in human speech and language. J. Neurosci. 26 (41): 10376-9.

Wada K, Howard JT, McConnell P, Whitney O, Lints T, Rivas MR, Horita H, Patterson M, White SA, Scharff C, Haesler S, Zhao S, Sakaguchi H, Hagiwara M, Shiraki T, Hirozane-Kishikawa T, Skene P, Hayashizaki Y, Carninci P, Jarvis ED (2006) A molecular neuroethological approach for identifying and characterizing a cascade of behaviorally regulated genes. PNAS, 103 (41): 15212-15217.

Scharff C, Nitsch R (2006) Entwicklungsstörungen im Nervensystem . Neuroforum 4: 273-276. (pdf-download 211 kB)

Scharff C, Haesler S (2005) An evolutionary perspective on FoxP2: strictly for the birds? Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 15(6): 694-703. Epub 2005 Nov 2. (pdf-download 405 kB)

Gurok U, Steinhoff C, Lipkowitz B, Ropers HH, Scharff C, Nuber UA (2004) Gene expression changes in the course of neural progenitor cell differentiation. J Neurosci. 24(26): 5982-6002. (pdf-download 1,4 MB)

Scharff C and White SA (2004) Genetic components of vocal learning. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1016: 325-47. (pdf-download 6,3 MB)

Haesler S, Wada K, Nshdejan A, Morrise EE, Lints T, Jarvis ED, Scharff C (2004) FoxP2 expression in avian vocal learners and non-learners. J Neurosci. 31;24(13): 3164-3175. (pdf-download 1 MB)

Ronacher B, Franz A, Wohlgemuth S & Hennig RM (2004) Variability of spike trains and the processing of temporal patterns of acoustic signals - problems, constraints and solutions. J Comp Physiol A 190(4): 257-77

Kalscheuer VM, Freude K, Musante L, Jensen LR, Yntema HG, Gécz J, Sefiani A, Hoffmann K, Moser B, Haas S, Gurok U, Haesler S, Aranda B, Nshedjan A, Tzschach A, Hartmann N, Roloff TC, Shoichet S, Hagens O, Tao J, van Bokhoven H, Turner G, Chelly J, Moraine C, Fryns JP, Nuber U, Hoeltzenbein M, Scharff C, Scherthan H, Lenzner S, Hamel BCJ, Schweiger S & Ropers HH (2003) Mutations in the polyglutamine-binding protein 1 gene cause X-linked mental retardation. Nat Genet  35(4): 313-315. (pdf-download 460 kB)