Priv. Doz. Dr. Angela Stöger-Horwath

Head of the Animal Care Facility and Mammal Communication Lab


Zoologist specialising in vertebrate biology, behaviour and cognitive biology, bioacoustics and sound communication, zoo biology and species conservation.

She studied Biology and completed her doctorate in 2006. Since 2009, Angela Stöger has worked as a scientist at the Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna, where she founded the Mammal Communication Lab in 2011, that is currently run in collaboration with the Acoustic Research Institute at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Angela Stöger researches the communication of mammals; currently, she is focussing on African and Asian elephants. Moreover, her research team also studies the communication of cheetahs, lions, giraffes, bears and African wild dogs. The lab investigates all main thematic complexes of communication, from sound production to function.
We aim at understanding mechanisms and the selective forces that shaped specific signals, skills and communication systems.

In 2021, Angela Stöger was among the top 3 in the election of Austria’s Scientist of the Year. She is the author of the book “Von singenden Mäusen und quietschenden Elefanten” (of singing mice and squeaking elephants), which was awarded Austria’s Science Book of the Year in 2022.

Since April 2023, she is head of the Animal Care Facility of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna.