Dr. Christina Roeske

Main research areas

  • Animal Communication
  • Vocal learning
  • Rhythm and melody in music and birdsong
  • Aesthetic aspects of music and birdsong
  • Social interactions during song learning
  • Neural mechanisms of song learning


Academic Education

2004-2008PhD in Behavioral Neurobiology Free University Berlin and MPI for Molecular Genetics Berlin (Beharioral Biology group of Prof. Constance Scharff)
1996-2004State Examination for Lectureship in Biology, German Language and Literature (Staatsexamen, Lehramt Gymnasium), Free University and Humboldt University Berlin
2000-2001Exchange student in Linguistics, Université Paris 7, Denis Diderot Focus on structural phonetics and syntax, cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics


Seit 03/2015Post-doctoral researcher Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
2008-2015Post-doctoral researcher City University New York (CUNY), City College and Hunter College (Animal Behavior group of Prof. Ofer Tchernichovski)



Roeske, T. C., Larrouy-Maestri, P., Sakamoto, Y., & Poeppel, D. (2020). Listening to birdsong reveals basic features of rate perception and aesthetic judgements. Proceedings of the Royal Society B287(1923), 20193010.

Roeske, T. C., Kelty-Stephen, D., and Wallot, S. "Multifractal analysis reveals music-like dynamic structure in songbird rhythms." Scientific reports 8, no. 1 (2018): 4570.

Roeske, T. C., Kelty-Stephen, D., Wallot, S. (2017): Birds have swing: Multifractal analysis reveals expressive timing in birdsong. BioRxiv June 29, 2017. doi: 10.1101/157594

Roeske, T. C., Scharff, C., Olson, C. R., Nshdejan, A., & Mello, C. V. (2014). Long-distance retinoid signaling in the zebra finch brain. PLoS ONE, 9(11), e111722. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111722

Rothenberg, D., Roeske, T. C., Voss, H. U., Naguib, M., & Tchernichovski, O. (2014). Investigation of musicality in birdsong. Hear Res, 308, 71-83. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2013.08.016

Pelz, D., Roeske, T., Syed, Z., de Bruyne, M., & Galizia, C. G. (2006). The molecular receptive range of an olfactory receptor in vivo (Drosophila melanogaster Or22a). J Neurobiol, 66(14), 1544-1563. doi: 10.1002/neu.20333