Sándor Zsebők

MSc in Biology-chemistry teacher (Eötvös Loránd University)
PhD in Ecology (2012, Eötvös Loránd University)
postdoctoral research fellow

Research interests

  • Cultural evolution of bird song
  • Sexual selection of bird song
  • Coding strategies, individuality and personality in bird song
  • Echolocation and acoustic commuications in bats
  • Bioacoustic methods in nature conservation
  • Bioacoustics of Vertabrate species


Zsebők S., Blázi Gy., Laczi M., Nagy G., Vaskuti É., Garamszegi L. Z. (2018). "Ficedula" - an open-source MATLAB toolbox for cutting, segmenting and computer-aided clustering of bird song. Journal of Ornithology
Zsebők, S., Herczeg, G., Blázi, Gy., Laczi, M., Nagy, G., Török, J., Garamszegi, L.z. (2018). Minimum spanning tree as a new, robust repertoire size comparison method: simulation and test on birdsong. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 72:48.
Garamszegi L. Z., Zagalska-Neubauer M., Canal D., Blázi Gy., Laczi M., Nagy G., Szöllősi E., Vaskuti É., Török J., Zsebők S. (2018). MHC-mediated sexual selection on bird song: generic polymorphism, particular alleles and acoustic signals. Molecular Ecology 27:2620-2633.
Greif, S., Zsebők, S., Schmieder, D. and Siemers, B.M (2017). Acoustic mirrors as sensory traps for bats. Science (in press)
Zsebők, S., Moskát, Cs. and Bán, M. (2017). Individually distinctive vocalization in Common Cuckoos (Cuculus canorus). Journal of Ornithology 158(1):213-222.
Zsebők, S., Herczeg, G., Blázi, Gy., Laczi, M., Nagy, G., Szász, E., Markó, G., Török, J., Garamszegi, L. Z. (2017). Short- and long-term repeatability and pseudo-repeatability of bird song: sensitivity of signals to varying environments. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71:154.
Vaskuti, É., Zsebők, S., Herczeg, G., Blázi, Gy., Laczi, M., Nagy, G., Török, J., Garamszegi, L.Z. (2016). A kulturális evolúció nyomai az örvös légykapó (Ficedula albicollis) énekében. Állattani Közlemények 101:25-41.
Krenhardt, K., Markó, G., Szász, E., Jablonszky, M., Zsebők, S., Török, J., Garamszegi, L.Z. (2016). A test on within-individual changes in risk-taking behaviour due to experience to predation in the Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis). Ornis Hungarica 24:115-127. (DOI: 10.1515/orhu-2016-0007)
Zsebők, S. 2016: Madárdalban változó kultúra – Hangvadászok a Pilisben. Természetbúvár, 2016 (5): 29-31.
Linossier, J., Zsebők, S., Baudry, E., Aubin, T. and Courvoisier, H. (2016). Acoustic but no genetic divergence in migratory and sedentary populations of blackcaps, Sylvia atricapilla. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 119(1):68-79.
Balázsfi, D., Farkas, L., Csikota, P., Fodor, A., Zsebők, S., Haller, J. and Zelena, D. (2016). Sex-dependent role of vesicular glutamate transporter 3 in stress-regulation and related anxiety phenotype during the early postnatal period. Stress, 19(4):434-438.
Garamszegi, L.Z., Zagalska-Neubauer, M. Canal, D., Markó, G., Szász, E., Zsebők, S., Szöllősi, E., Herczeg, G., Török, J. (2015). Malaria parasites, immune challenge, MHC variability, and predator avoidance in a passerine bird. Behavioral Ecology 26:1292-1302. (DOI:10.1093/beheco/arv077)
Garamszegi, L.Z., Markó, G., Szász, E., Zsebők, S., Azcárate, M., Herczeg, G., Török, J. (2015). Among-year variation in the repeatability, within- and between-individual, and phenotypic correlations of behaviors in a natural population. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 69:2005–2017. (DOI 10.1007/s00265-015-2012-z)
Zsebők, S., Czabán, D., Farkas, J., Siemers, B.M. and von Merten, S. (2015). Acoustic species identification of shrews: Twittering calls for monitoring. Ecological Informatics, 27: 1–10.
Czabán, D., Zsebők, S., Cserkész, T. and Farkas, J. 2015: Impact of changing water level on shrew populations in the Kis-Balaton wetlands, Western Hungary. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 13(2): 349-360.
Garamszegi, L.Z., Mueller, J.C., Markó, G., Szász, E., Zsebők, S., Herczeg, G., Eens, M., Török, J. (2014). The relationship between DRD4 polymorphisms and phenotypic correlations of behaviors in the collared flycatcher. Ecology and Evolution 4:1466-1479. (open access)
Zsebők, S., Son, N.T. and Csorba, G. (2014). Acoustic characteristics of the echolocation call of the disc-footed bat, Eudiscopus denticulus (Osgood, 1932) (Chiroptera, Vespertilionidae). Acta Acustica United with Acustica 100:767–771.
Puechmaille, S.J., Borissov, I.M., Zsebők, S., Allegrini, B., Hizem, M., Kuenzel, S., Schuchmann, M. & Teeling, E.C. (2014). Female Mate Choice Can Drive the Evolution of High Frequency Echolocation in Bats: A Case Study with Rhinolophus mehelyi. PLOS ONE, 9.
Schmieder, D.A., Zsebők, S. and Siemers, B.M. (2014). The tail plays a major role in the differing manoeuvrability of two sibling species of mouse-eared bats (Myotis myotis and Myotis blythii). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 92, 965–977.
Luo, J., Koselj, K., Zsebők, S., Siemers, B.M. and Goerlitz, H. (2014). Global warming alters sound transmission: differential impact on the prey detection ability of echolocating bats. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11.
Zsebők, S., Kroll, F., Heinrich, M., Genzel, D. & Siemers, B.M. and Wiegrebe, L. (2013). Trawling bats exploit an echo-acoustic ground effect. Frontiers in Physiology, 4.
Garamszegi, L.Z., Rosivall, B., Rettenbacher, S., Markó, G., Zsebők, S., Szöllősi, E., Eens, M., Potti, J., Török, J. (2012). Corticosterone, avoidance of novelty, risk-taking and aggression in a wild bird: no evidence for pleiotropic effects. Ethology 118(7):621-635.
Garamszegi, L.Z., Zsebők, S., Török, J. (2012). The relationship between syllable repertoire similarity and pairing success in a passerine bird species with complex song. Journal of Theoretical Biology 295: 68-76. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2011.11.011)
Zsebők, S., Estók, P. & Görföl, T. (2012). Acoustic discrimination of Pipistrellus kuhlii and Pipistrellus nathusii (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) and its application to assess changes in species distribution. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 58, 199–209.
Pintér, O., Péczely, P., Zsebők, S. & Zelena, D. (2011). Seasonal changes in courtship behavior, plasma androgen levels and in hypothalamic aromatase immunoreactivity in male free-living European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 172, 151–157.
Estók, P., Zsebők, S., Siemers, B.M. (2010). Great tits search for, capture, kill and eat hibernating bats. Biology Letters, 6, 59–62.

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