Dr Anja M. Deppe PhD

Dr Anja M. Deppe

School of Biosciences

Contact details

School of Biosciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Anja Deppe’s research interests are in predator-prey interactions and cognition in animals.  Her field research on Madagascar focuses on antipredation behaviors in nocturnal lemurs.


BSc in Biology, MA and PhD in Anthropological Sciences (Behavior & Ecology track)


Dr Anja Deppe did her interdisciplinary graduate work in Ecology & Evolution and Biological Anthropology at Stony Brook University, NY, USA.  To complete her PhD research on anti-predation behaviors and risk perception in wild nocturnal mouse lemurs she spent many years in the rain forest of Madagascar. She subsequently taught biodiversity study abroad field programs in Madagascar. Before taking up the post of lecturer at the University of Birmingham she was the director of the Turkana Basin Institute Field School where she developed field programs on topics including Human Origins and Sustainability.


Anja has previously taught courses on Animal Behavior, Ecology, Biodiversity, Conservation, Zoology, General Biology, Human Perception, Human Health and the Mind.

Postgraduate supervision

Potential postgraduate students should email Dr Deppe to make an appointment.


Animal behavior, cognition, primate ecology, primate evolution, human perception and cognition


In press   

Deppe AM, Baden A, Wright PC. The effects of the lunar cycle, rainfall, and  temperature on trapping success in the brown mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus) in  Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. In: Lehman S, Radespiel E, and Zimmermann  E, editors. Dwarf and Mouse Lemurs of Madagascar: Biology, Behavior, and  Conservation Biogeography of the Cheirogalidae


Wright PC, Erhart EM, Tecot S, Baden AL, Arrigo-Nelson SJ, Herrera J, Morelli TL,  Blanco MB, Deppe AM, Atsalis S, Johnson  S, Ratelolahy F, Tan C, Zohdy S. Long-term lemur research at Centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. In: Kappeler PM, and Watts DP, editors. Long-term field studies of primates. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer p 67-100.


Deppe AM, Wright PC, Szelistowski W. Object Permanence in Lemurs. Animal Cognition 12(2):381-388.


Deppe AM, Randriamiarisoa M, Kasprak AH, Wright PC. Predation on the brown mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus) by a diurnal carnivore, the ring-tailed mongoose (Galidia elegans). Lemur News 13:17-18.


Deppe AM, Randriamiarisoa M, Wright PC. A brief lemur survey of the Ranomafana National Park-Andringitra Reserve corridor region in Tolongoina, SE Madagascar. Lemur News 12:43-46.