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Post-doctoral, POLONEZ project fellow


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I am mainly interested in what kinds of information can animals communicate to each other and how this relates to their ecology and evolution. Also, I am interested in how we could potentially use information in vocalizations to monitor animals and their behaviour. I used birds (chiffchaff, willow warbler) and mammals (pig) as the study models.
Vocal communication – signalling of body size, emotional state and individual identity. Animal cognition – individual recognition, rival recognition and assessment, learning and memory.Welfare – assessment of welfare / emotional state from animal vocalizations. Acoustic monitoring – monitoring of individuals and their behaviour by their calls and songs.

Evolution of identity signaling in vocalizations
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NCN POLONEZ 1 grant nr. UMO-2015/19/P/NZ8/02507. Evolution of identity signalling in vocalizations. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 665778
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2014 - Ph.D. in Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
2007 - M.Sc. in Biology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

2017 – 2018 Polonez Fellow.
2014 – Dean's award for outstanding PhD thesis.
Member of the Czech and Slovak Etholgical Society. Member of an executive board of the society (2015 – present).

Short-term research stays at Leiden University, the Netherlands (Dr. Hans Slabbekoorn) and Sussex University, Great Britain (Dr. David Reby).


Syrova, M., Policht, R., Linhart, P., Spinka, M. (2017) Ontogeny of individual and litter identity signaling in grunts of piglets. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 142: 3116-3121.
Linhart, P., Sales, M. (2017) The assessment of biases in the acoustic discrimination of individuals. PLoS ONE 12(5):e0177206
Pruchova, A., Jaska, P., Linhart, P. (2017) Cues to individual identity in songs of songbirds: testing general song characteristics in Chiffchaffs Phylloscopus collybita. Journal of Ornithology 158: 911-924.
Ptacek, L., Machlica, L., Linhart, P., Jaska, P., & Muller, L. (2016). Automatic recognition of bird individuals on an open set using as-is recordings. Bioacoustics, 25(1), 55-73.
Linhart, P., Ratcliffe, V. F., Reby, D., & Špinka, M. (2015). Expression of emotional arousal in two different piglet call types. PLoS ONE, 10(8), e0135414.
Linhart, P., & Fuchs, R. (2015). Song pitch indicates body size and correlates with males’ response to playback in a songbird. Animal Behaviour, 103, 91–98. (featured article of the May 2015 issue)
Maruščáková, I. L., Linhart, P., Ratcliffe, V. F., Tallet, C., Reby, D., & Špinka, M. (2015). Humans (Homo sapiens) judge the emotional content of piglet (Sus scrofa domestica) calls based on simple acoustic parameters, not personality, empathy, nor attitude toward animals. Journal of Comparative Psychology 129(2), 121-31.
Jaška, P., Linhart, P., & Fuchs, R. (2015). Neighbour recognition in two sister songbird species with a simple and complex repertoire – a playback study. Journal of Avian Biology, 46(2), 151–158.
Linhart, P., Jaška, P., Petrusková, T., Petrusek, A., & Fuchs, R. (2013). Being angry, singing fast? Signalling of aggressive motivation by syllable rate in a songbird with slow song. Behavioural Processes, 100, 139–145.
Tallet, C., Linhart, P., Policht, R., Hammerschmidt, K., Šimeček, P., Kratinova, P., & Špinka, M. (2013). Encoding of situations in the vocal repertoire of piglets (Sus scrofa): A comparison of discrete and graded classifications. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e71841.
Linhart, P., Fuchs, R., Poláková, S., & Slabbekoorn, H. (2012). Once bitten twice shy: long‐term behavioural changes caused by trapping experience in willow warblers Phylloscopus trochilus. Journal of Avian Biology, 43(2), 186–192.
Linhart, P., Slabbekoorn, H., & Fuchs, R. (2012). The communicative significance of song frequency and song length in territorial chiffchaffs. Behavioral Ecology, 23(6), 1338–1347.
Petruskova, T., Osiejuk, T., Linhart, P., & Petrusek, A. (2008). Structure and complexity of perched and flight songs of the tree pipit (Anthus trivialis). Annales Zoologici Fennici, 45(2), 135–148.