Project leader and Lab co-leader, lecturer and supervisor
Anton Baotic received his PhD degree in biology in 2018 from the Department for Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria. Since 2011 Anton has been working as a lecturer by planning and teaching courses on 'animal behaviour' and 'animal acoustic signals'. He continued his academic career as postdoctoral researcher at the Dept. of Behavioral and Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna and currently continues his work journey at the Acoustic Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Anton's research interests largely focus on vocal production mechanisms and acoustic communication in mammals by investigating acoustic components in vocalizations to determine their biological relevance according to their contextual and motivational occurrence. His research tackled the issue of vocal communication in different mammal species such as giant pandas, African elephants, Tasmanian devils, cheetahs and giraffes. Together with colleagues and cooperation partners he investigated the structure, information content and the active range of vocalizations yielding insights into potential selection pressures on vocal structures.
For his research, Anton was awarded with the prestigious Emil-Boral fellowship, which allows him to continue his research on Tasmanian Devil (S. harrisii) communication.
In September 2022 Anton started his FWF stand-alone project at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna studying 'the relevance of acoustics for giraffe behavior and ecology' (www.giraffeoutloud.com)
Anton co-leads the Mammal Communication Lab.