Prof. Dr. Hanno Würbel

Division of Animal Welfare

+41 31 684 25 30
Postal Address
Animal Welfare Division
Veterinary Public Health Institute
University of Bern
Länggassstrasse 120
3012 Bern

I graduated in Biology at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in 1990 and obtained a doctoral degree (Dr. sc. nat.) at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich (Switzerland) in 1996. I continued research as a postdoc at Bristol University (UK), ETH Zürich, and University of Zürich, before being appointed Professor of Animal Welfare and Ethology at the University of Giessen (Germany) in 2002. In 2011, I returned to the University of Bern to take up the new chair for Animal Welfare. My main research line focuses on environment-dependent plasticity of brain and behavior, with regards to the welfare of captive animals and the scientific validity of animal research. Some of our findings have helped to shape the minimal requirements for the housing of laboratory rodents and influenced the authorization procedure for animal experiments. For my 3R research on refinement and reduction, I have obtained several research awards (e.g. Felix Wankel Animal Welfare Research Award 2009, ISAE Creativity Award 2015, CAAT Excellence in Refinement Award 2017, SGV 3R Award 2019). As director of the Division of Animal Welfare, I am also involved in research devoted to assessing and improving the health and wellbeing of farm animals and companion animals, primarily poultry, rabbits, dogs, and horses. Besides teaching and research, I am actively engaged in various committees to promote ethically responsible and scientifically valid research, e.g. as coauthor of the ARRIVE 2.0 Guidelines and the US Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, as chair of the Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation (ECAE) of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, as a member of the Executive Board of the Swiss 3R Competence Centre, and as a founding member of the Swiss Reproducibility Network.

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Sirovnik, Janja; Voelkl, Bernhard; Keeling, Linda Jane; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2021). Breakdown of the ideal free distribution under conditions of severe and low competition. Behavioral ecology and sociobiology, 75(2) Springer-Verlag 10.1007/s00265-020-02949-3

Völkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno; Krzywinski, Martin; Altman, Naomi (2021). The standardization fallacy. Nature methods, 18(1), pp. 5-7. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41592-020-01036-9

Varholick, Justin A.; Bailoo, Jeremy D.; Jenkins, Ashley; Völkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno (2021). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Relationship Between Social Dominance Status and Common Behavioral Phenotypes in Male Laboratory Mice. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 14, p. 624036. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnbeh.2020.624036

Bremhorst, Annika; Mills, Daniel S.; Stolzlechner, Lisa; Würbel, Hanno; Riemer, Stefanie (2021). ‘Puppy Dog Eyes’ Are Associated With Eye Movements, Not Communication. Frontiers in psychology, 12, p. 568935. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.568935


Gebhardt-Henrich, Sabine G.; Jordan, Anja; Toscano, Michael J.; Würbel, Hanno (2020). The effect of perches and aviary tiers on the mating behaviour of two hybrids of broiler breeders. Applied animal behaviour science, 233, p. 105145. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2020.105145

Bräm Dubé, Maya; Asher, Lucy; Würbel, Hanno; Riemer, Stefanie; Melotti, Luca (2020). Parallels in the interactive effect of highly sensitive personality and social factors on behaviour problems in dogs and humans. Scientific reports, 10(1), p. 5288. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41598-020-62094-9

Vollert, Jan; Schenker, Esther; Macleod, Malcolm; Bespalov, Anton; Wuerbel, Hanno; Michel, Martin; Dirnagl, Ulrich; Potschka, Heidrun; Waldron, Ann-Marie; Wever, Kimberley; Steckler, Thomas; van de Casteele, Tom; Altevogt, Bruce; Sil, Annesha; Rice, Andrew S C (2020). Systematic review of guidelines for internal validity in the design, conduct and analysis of preclinical biomedical experiments involving laboratory animals. BMJ open science, 4(1), e100046. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bmjos-2019-100046

Voelkl, Bernhard; Altman, Naomi S.; Forsman, Anders; Forstmeier, Wolfgang; Gurevitch, Jessica; Jaric, Ivana; Karp, Natasha A.; Kas, Martien J.; Schielzeth, Holger; Van de Casteele, Tom; Würbel, Hanno (2020). Reproducibility of animal research in light of biological variation. Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 21(7), pp. 384-393. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41583-020-0313-3

Percie du Sert, Nathalie; Hurst, Viki; Ahluwalia, Amrita; Alam, Sabina; Avey, Marc T.; Baker, Monya; Browne, William J.; Clark, Alejandra; Cuthill, Innes C.; Dirnagl, Ulrich; Emerson, Michael; Garner, Paul; Holgate, Stephen T.; Howells, David W.; Karp, Natasha A.; Lazic, Stanley E.; Lidster, Katie; MacCallum, Catriona J.; Macleod, Malcolm; Pearl, Esther J.; ... (2020). The ARRIVE guidelines 2.0: Updated guidelines for reporting animal research. PLoS biology, 18(7), e3000410. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000410

Percie du Sert, Nathalie; Ahluwalia, Amrita; Alam, Sabina; Avey, Marc T.; Baker, Monya; Browne, William J.; Clark, Alejandra; Cuthill, Innes C.; Dirnagl, Ulrich; Emerson, Michael; Garner, Paul; Holgate, Stephen T.; Howells, David W.; Hurst, Viki; Karp, Natasha A.; Lazic, Stanley E.; Lidster, Katie; MacCallum, Catriona J.; Macleod, Malcolm; Pearl, Esther J.; ... (2020). Reporting animal research: Explanation and elaboration for the ARRIVE guidelines 2.0. PLoS biology, 18(7), e3000411. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000411

Bailoo, Jeremy D.; Voelkl, Bernhard; Varholick, Justin; Novak, Janja; Murphy, Eimear; Rosso, Marianna; Palme, Rupert; Würbel, Hanno (2020). Effects of weaning age and housing conditions on phenotypic differences in mice. Scientific reports, 10(1), p. 11684. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41598-020-68549-3

Eggel, Matthias; Würbel, Hanno (2020). Internal consistency and compatibility of the 3Rs and 3Vs principles for project evaluation of animal research. Laboratory animals, 55(3), pp. 233-243. Sage Publications 10.1177/0023677220968583

Würbel, Hanno; Voelkl, Bernhard; Altman, Naomi S.; Forsman, Anders; Forstmeier, Wolfgang; Gurevitch, Jessica; Jaric, Ivana; Karp, Natasha A.; Kas, Martien J.; Schielzeth, Holger; Van de Casteele, Tom (2020). Reply to ‘It is time for an empirically informed paradigm shift in animal research’. Nature reviews. Neuroscience, 21(11), pp. 661-662. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41583-020-0370-7


Ruchti, Sabrina; Kratzer, Gilles; Furrer, Reinhard; Hartnack, Sonja; Würbel, Hanno; Gebhardt, Sabine (2019). Progression and risk factors of pododermatitis in part-time group housed rabbit does in Switzerland. Preventive veterinary medicine, 166, pp. 56-64. Elsevier 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2019.01.013

Voelkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno (January 2019). A Reaction Norm Perspective on Reproducibility (bioRxiv 510941). Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory 10.1101/510941

Gfrerer, Nastassja; Taborsky, Michael; Würbel, Hanno (2019). No evidence for detrimental effect of chemical castration on working ability in Swiss military dogs. Applied animal behaviour science, 211, pp. 84-87. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.10.019

Lutz, Janika; Burla, Joan-Bryce; Gygax, Lorenz; Wechsler, Beat; Würbel, Hanno; Friedli, Katharina (2019). Horned and dehorned dairy cows differ in the pattern of agonistic interactions investigated under different space allowances. Applied animal behaviour science, 218, p. 104819. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2019.05.008

Lampe, Jessica Frances; Ruchti, Sabrina; Burman, Oliver; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (2019). Play like me: Similarity in playfulness promotes social play. PLoS ONE, 14(10), e0224282. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0224282

Varholick, Justin A.; Pontiggia, Alice; Murphy, Eimear; Daniele, Vanessa; Palme, Rupert; Voelkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno; Bailoo, Jeremy D. (2019). Social dominance hierarchy type and rank contribute to phenotypic variation within cages of laboratory mice. Scientific reports, 9(1), p. 13650. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41598-019-49612-0

Bremhorst, Annika; Sutter, Nicole A.; Würbel, Hanno; Mills, Daniel S.; Riemer, Stefanie (2019). Differences in facial expressions during positive anticipation and frustration in dogs awaiting a reward. Scientific reports, 9(1), p. 19312. Springer Nature 10.1038/s41598-019-55714-6


Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Boada Saña, Maria; Varholick, Justin Adam; Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Baussière, Caroline; Hahn, Kerstin Caroline; Göpfert, Christine; Palme, Rupert; Voelkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Effects of Cage Enrichment on Behavior, Welfare and Outcome Variability in Female Mice. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 12(232), p. 232. Frontiers Research Foundation 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00232

Ruchti, Sabrina; Meier, Andrea R.; Würbel, Hanno; Kratzer, Gilles; Gebhardt, Sabine; Hartnack, Sonja (2018). Pododermatitis in group housed rabbit does in Switzerland—Prevalence, severity and risk factors. Preventive veterinary medicine, 158, pp. 114-121. Elsevier 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.06.011

Bremhorst, Annika; Bütler, Sarah; Würbel, Hanno; Riemer, Stefanie (2018). Incentive motivation in pet dogs - preference for constant vs varied food rewards. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 9756. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-018-28079-5

Varholick, Justin Adam; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Palme, Rupert; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Phenotypic variability between Social Dominance Ranks in laboratory mice. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 6593. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-018-24624-4

Kafkafi, Neri; Agassi, Joseph; Chesler, Elissa J; Crabbe, John C; Crusio, Wim E; Eilam, David; Gerlai, Robert; Golani, Ilan; Gomez-Marin, Alex; Heller, Ruth; Iraqi, Fuad; Jaljuli, Iman; Karp, Natasha A; Morgan, Hugh; Nicholson, George; Pfaff, Donald W; Richter, S Helene; Stark, Philip B; Stiedl, Oliver; Stodden, Victoria; ... (2018). Reproducibility and replicability of rodent phenotyping in preclinical studies. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 87, pp. 218-232. Elsevier 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2018.01.003

Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Melotti, Luca; Colosio, Simona; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Boada Saña, Maria; Würbel, Hanno; Murphy, Eimear Mary (2018). A cross-species judgement bias task: integrating active trial initiation into a spatial Go/No-go task. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 5104. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-018-23459-3

Gebhardt, Sabine; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Use of aerial perches and perches on aviary tiers by broiler breeders. Applied animal behaviour science, 203, pp. 24-33. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.02.013

Frei, Daniela; Würbel, Hanno; Wechsler, Beat; Gygax, Lorenz; Burla, Joan-Bryce; Weber, Roland (2018). Can body nosing in artificially reared piglets be reduced by sucking and massaging dummies? Applied animal behaviour science, 202, pp. 20-27. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.02.001

Voelkl, Bernhard; Vogt, Lucile; Sena, Emily S; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Reproducibility of preclinical animal research improves with heterogeneity of study samples. PLoS biology, 16(2), e2003693. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pbio.2003693

Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Varholick, Justin Adam; Novak, Janja; Palme, Rupert; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Evaluation of the effects of space allowance on measures of animal welfare in laboratory mice. Scientific Reports, 8(1), p. 713. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/s41598-017-18493-6

Sirovnik, Janja; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2018). Feeder space affects access to the feeder, aggression, and feed conversion in laying hens in an aviary system. Applied animal behaviour science, 198, pp. 75-82. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2017.09.017

Sirovnik, Janja; Stratmann, Ariane; Gebhardt, Sabine; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2018). Feeding from perches in an aviary system reduces aggression and mortality in laying hens. Applied animal behaviour science, 202, pp. 53-62. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2018.01.005

Keeling, Caroline Marie (2018). Video-based identification of surrogate endpoints in experimental bacterial infections of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). (Dissertation, University of Bern, Vetsuisse Faculty, Departement for Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology, Centre for Fish- and Wildlife Health)

Gfrerer, Nastassja; Taborsky, Michael; Würbel, Hanno (2018). Benefits of intraspecific social exposure in adult Swiss military dogs. Applied animal behaviour science, 201, pp. 54-60. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2017.12.016

Vollert, Jan; Schenker, Esther; Macleod, Malcolm; Bespalov, Anton; Würbel, Hanno; Michel, Martin Christian; Dirnagl, Ulrich; Potschka, Heidrun; Wever, Kimberley E; Steckler, Thomas; Altevogt, Bruce; Rice, Andrew S C (2018). Protocol for a systematic review of guidelines for rigour in the design, conduct and analysis of biomedical experiments involving laboratory animals. BMJ open science, 2(1), e000004. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bmjos-2018-000004

Percie du Sert, Nathalie; Hurst, Viki; Ahluwalia, Amrita; Alam, Sabina; Altman, Douglas G; Avey, Marc T; Baker, Monya; Browne, William; Clark, Alejandra; Cuthill, Innes C; Dirnagl, Ulrich; Emerson, Michael; Garner, Paul; Howells, David W; Karp, Natasha A; MacCallum, Catriona J; Macleod, Malcolm; Petersen, Ole; Rawle, Frances; Reynolds, Penny; ... (2018). Revision of the ARRIVE guidelines: rationale and scope. BMJ open science, 2(1), e000002. BMJ Publishing Group 10.1136/bmjos-2018-000002


Gebhardt, Sabine; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno (2017). Perch use by broiler breeders and its implication on health and production. Poultry Science, 96(10), pp. 3539-3549. Oxford University Press 10.3382/ps/pex189

Lampe, Jessica Frances; Burman, Oliver; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (2017). Context-dependent individual differences in playfulness in male rats. Developmental psychobiology, 59(4), pp. 460-472. Wiley 10.1002/dev.21509

Kafkafi, Neri; Golani, Ilan; Jaljuli, Iman; Morgan, Hugh; Sarig, Tal; Würbel, Hanno; Yaacoby, Shay; Benjamini, Yoav (2017). Addressing reproducibility in single-laboratory phenotyping experiments. Nature methods, 14(5), pp. 462-464. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nmeth.4259

Würbel, Hanno (2017). More than 3Rs: the importance of scientific validity for harm-benefit analysis of animal research. Lab animal, 46(4), pp. 164-166. Nature Publ. Co. 10.1038/laban.1220

Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Roth, Emma; Bachmann, Iris; Würbel, Hanno (2017). Toward a Choice-Based Judgment Bias Task for Horses. Journal of applied animal welfare science, 20(2), pp. 123-136. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/10888705.2016.1276834

Bräm, Maya; Asher, L; Furrer, S; Lechner, Isabel; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (2017). Development of the “Highly Sensitive Dog” questionnaire to evaluate the personality dimension “Sensory Processing Sensitivity” in dogs. PLoS ONE, 12(5), e0177616. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0177616

Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Bachmann, Iris; Wemelsfelder, Francoise; Würbel, Hanno (2017). Qualitative Behaviour Assessment of horses exposed to short-term emotional treatments. Applied animal behaviour science, 196, pp. 44-51. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2017.06.012


Finlayson, Kathryn; Lampe, Jessica Frances; Hintze, Sara Anna Elisabet; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (2016). Facial Indicators of Positive Emotions in Rats. PLoS ONE, 11(11), e0166446. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0166446

Vogt, Lucile; Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Nathues, Christina; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Authorization of Animal Experiments Is Based on Confidence Rather than Evidence of Scientific Rigor. PLoS biology, 14(12), e2000598. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pbio.2000598

Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Vogt, Lucile; Würbel, Hanno (2016). The Researchers' View of Scientific Rigor Survey on the Conduct and Reporting of In Vivo Research. PLoS ONE, 11(12), e0165999. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0165999

Lampe, Jessica Frances; Burman, O.; Würbel, Hanno; Melotti, Luca (12 July 2016). Investigating positive emotional contagion in rats (Unpublished). In: 50th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. Edinburgh, UK. 2016, July 12–16.

Mason, Georgia; Würbel, Hanno (2016). What can be learnt from wheel-running by wild mice, and how can we identify when wheel-running is pathological? Proceedings of the Royal Society. Series B - biological sciences, 283(1824) Royal Society of London 10.1098/rspb.2015.0738

Novak, Janja; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Melotti, Luca; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Effect of Cage-Induced Stereotypies on Measures of Affective State and Recurrent Perseveration in CD-1 and C57BL/6 Mice. PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0153203. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0153203

LeBlanc, Stephanie; Tobalske, Bret; Quinton, Margaret; Springthorpe, Dwight; Szkotnicki, Bill; Würbel, Hanno; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra (2016). Physical Health Problems and Environmental Challenges Influence Balancing Behaviour in Laying Hens. PLoS ONE, 11(4), e0153477. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0153477

Stratmann, Ariane; Frohlich, E K F; Gebhardt, Sabine; Harlander-Matauschek, A.; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2016). Genetic selection to increase bone strength affects prevalence of keel bone damage and egg parameters in commercially housed laying hens. Poultry Science, 95(5), pp. 975-984. Poultry Science Association 10.3382/ps/pew026

Würbel, Hanno (2016). Tierversuch und Irrtum. In: Fehlmann, Meret; Michel, Margot; Niederhauser, Rebecca (eds.) Tierisch! Das Tier und die Wissenschaft: Ein Streifzug durch die Disziplinen. Zürcher Hochschulforum: Vol. 55 (pp. 97-106). vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich

Kozak, M; Tobalske, B; Martins, C; Bowley, S; Würbel, Hanno; Harlander-Matauschek, A (2016). Use of space by domestic chicks housed in complex aviaries. Applied animal behaviour science, 181, pp. 115-121. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2016.05.024

Voelkl, Bernhard; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Reproducibility Crisis: Are We Ignoring Reaction Norms? Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, 37(7), pp. 509-510. Elsevier 10.1016/

Hintze, Sara; Smith, Samantha; Patt, Antonia; Bachmann, Iris; Würbel, Hanno (2016). Are Eyes a Mirror of the Soul? What Eye Wrinkles Reveal about a Horse’s Emotional State. PLoS ONE, 11(10), pp. 1-15. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0164017


Novak, Janja; Stojanovski, Klement; Melotti, Luca; Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Palme, Rupert; Würbel, Hanno (2015). Effects of stereotypic behaviour and chronic mild stress on judgement bias in laboratory mice. Applied animal behaviour science, 174, pp. 162-172. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.10.004

Ringgenberg, Nadine; Fröhlich, E K F; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, B A (2015). Nest choice in laying hens: Effects of nest partitions and social status. Applied animal behaviour science, 169, pp. 43-50. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.04.013

Kjaer, J B; Würbel, Hanno; Schrader, L (2015). Perseveration in a guessing task by laying hens selected for high or low levels of feather pecking does not support classification of feather pecking as a stereotypy. Applied animal behaviour science, 168, pp. 56-60. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.04.014

Stratmann, Ariane; Fröhlich, E K; Gebhardt, Sabine; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra; Schrader, L; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno; Gebhardt-Henrich, Sabine (2015). Soft perches in an aviary system reduce incidence of keel bone damage in laying hens. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0122568. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0122568

Stratmann, Ariane; Fröhlich, E K F; Gebhardt-Henrich, S G; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra; Würbel, Hanno; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey (2015). Modification of aviary design reduces incidence of falls, collisions and keel bone damage in laying hens. Applied animal behaviour science, 165, pp. 112-123. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.01.012

Novak, Janja; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Melotti, Luca; Rommen, Jonas; Würbel, Hanno (2015). An Exploration Based Cognitive Bias Test for Mice: Effects of Handling Method and Stereotypic Behaviour. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0130718. Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0130718

Ringgenberg, Nadine; Fröhlich, E K F; Harlander, Alexandra; Toscano, Michael Jeffrey; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, B A (2015). Effects of variation in nest curtain design on pre-laying behaviour of domestic hens. Applied animal behaviour science, 170, pp. 34-43. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.06.008


Andrist, C A; Bigler, L; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, B A (2014). Masking odour when regrouping rabbit does: Effect on aggression, stress and lesions. Livestock science, 170, pp. 150-157. Elsevier 10.1016/j.livsci.2014.10.017

Ringgenberg, Nadine; Fröhlich, Ernst K. F.; Harlander, Alexandra; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, Beatrice (2014). Does nest size matter to laying hens? Applied animal behaviour science, 155, pp. 66-73. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.02.012

Bayne, K.; Würbel, H. (2014). The impact of environmental enrichment on the outcome variability and scientific validity of laboratory animal studies. Revue scientifique et technique - Office international des épizooties, 33(1), pp. 273-280. Office International des Epizooties 10.20506/rst.33.1.2282

Melotti, Luca; Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Murphy, Eimear Mary; Burman, Oliver; Würbel, Hanno (2014). Play in Rats: Association across Contexts and Types , and Analysis of Structure. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 1(4), pp. 489-501. Sciknow Publications 10.12966/abc.11.06.2014

Bailoo, Jeremy Davidson; Reichlin, Thomas Stephan Albin; Würbel, Hanno (2014). Refinement of experimental design and conduct in laboratory animal research. Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, 55(3), pp. 383-391. Oxford University Press 10.1093/ilar/ilu037


Würbel, Hanno; Richter, S. Helene; Garner, Joseph P. (2013). Reply to: "Reanalysis of Richter et al. (2010) on reproducibility". Nature methods, 10(5), p. 374. Nature Publishing Group 10.1038/nmeth.2446

Weber, EM; Algers, B; Würbel, H; Hultgren, J; Olsson, IAS (2013). Influence of Strain and Parity on the Risk of Litter Loss in Laboratory Mice. Reproduction in domestic animals, 48(2), pp. 292-296. Blackwell 10.1111/j.1439-0531.2012.02147.x


Gross, A.; Richter, S. Helene; Engel, A. Katarina J.; Würbel, Hanno (2012). Cage-induced stereotypies, perseveration and the effects of environmental enrichment in laboratory mice. Behavioural brain research, 234(1), pp. 61-68. Elsevier 10.1016/j.bbr.2012.06.007

Bayne, Kathryn; Würbel, Hanno (2012). Mouse enrichment. In: Hedrich, Hans J. (ed.) The Laboratory Mouse (Second Edition) (pp. 547-566). Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/B978-0-12-382008-2.00023-4

Andrist, Claude; Bigler, L. M.; Würbel, Hanno; Roth, Beatrice (2012). Effects of group stability on aggression, stress and injuries in breeding rabbits. Applied animal behaviour science, 142(3-4), pp. 182-188. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2012.10.017

Reefmann, Nadine; Lidfors, Lena; Andersson, Maria; Würbel, Hanno; Beausoleil, Ngaio (2012). Living in large groups. Preface. Applied animal behaviour science, 138(3-4), p. 141. Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2012.02.001

Kriegseis, I.; Bessei, W.; Meyer, B.; Zentek, J.; Würbel, Hanno; Harlander-Matauschek, Alexandra (2012). Feather-pecking response of laying hens to feather and cellulose-based rations fed during rearing. Poultry Science, 91(7), pp. 1514-1521. Oxford University Press 10.3382/ps.2011-01865


Wurbel, H. (2011). Rights for Sentient Animals. Science, 332(6032), p. 917. Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science 10.1126/science.332.6032

Engel, A.K.J.; Gross, A.N.; Richter, S.H.; Rommen, J.; Touma, C.; Wurbel, H. (2011). Variation in stress reactivity affects cage-induced stereotypies in female CD-1 (ICR) mice. Applied animal behaviour science, 133(1-2), pp. 101-108. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.04.017

Garner, J.P.; Thogerson, C.M.; Dufour, B.D.; Wurbel, H.; Murray, J.D.; Mench, J.A. (2011). Reverse-translational biomarker validation of Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors in mice: an illustration of the 4P's modeling approach. Behavioural brain research, 219(2), pp. 189-96. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.01.002

Graf, S.; Bigler, L.; Failing, K.; Wurbel, H.; Buchwalder, T. (2011). Regrouping rabbit does in a familiar or novel pen: Effects on agonistic behaviour, injuries and core body temperature. Applied animal behaviour science, 135(1-2), pp. 121-127. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.10.009

Gross, A N; Engel, A K; Richter, S H; Garner, J P; Würbel, Hanno (2011). Cage-induced stereotypies in female ICR CD-1 mice do not correlate with recurrent perseveration. Behavioural brain research, 216(2), pp. 613-20. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.bbr.2010.09.003

Gross, A.N.M.; Engel, A.K.J.; Wurbel, H. (2011). Simply a nest? Effects of different enrichments on stereotypic and anxiety-related behaviour in mice. Applied animal behaviour science, 134(3-4), pp. 239-245. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.06.020

Kistler, C.; Hegglin, D.; Wurbel, H.; Konig, B. (2011). Preference for structured environment in zebrafish (Danio rerio) and checker barbs (Puntius oligolepis). Applied animal behaviour science, 135(4), pp. 318-327. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.applanim.2011.10.014

Olsson, I. Anna S.; Würbel, Hanno; Mench, Joy A. (2011). Behaviour. In: Appleby, Michael C.; Mench, Joy A.; Olsson, I. Anna S.; Hughes, Barry O. (eds.) Animal Welfare (pp. 138-154). Wallingford: CAB International

Richter, S. Helene; Garner, Joseph P.; Zipser, Benjamin; Lewejohann, Lars; Sachser, Norbert; Touma, Chadi; Schindler, Britta; Chourbaji, Sabine; Brandwein, Christiane; Gass, Peter; van Stipdonk, Niek; van der Harst, Johanneke; Spruijt, Berry; Voikar, Vootele; Wolfer, David P.; Wurbel, H (2011). Effect of Population Heterogenization on the Reproducibility of Mouse Behavior: A Multi-Laboratory Study. PLoS ONE, 6(1), e16461. Lawrence, Kans.: Public Library of Science 10.1371/journal.pone.0016461