Ronald Noë - publications

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see chapter "Social dilemmas and human behaviour" by Elinor Ostrom (Nobel prize Economics 2009)

Noë, R.; van Hooff, J.A.R.A.M. & Hammerstein, P. (eds.), 2001, Economics in Nature. Social Dilemmas, Mate Choice and Biological Markets. Cambridge Univ. Press (ISBN-13 0 521-65014-3 hardback & ISBN-10 0 521-00399-7 (paperback)

also available as eBook

McGraw, W. S.; Zuberbühler, K. & Noë, R (eds.). 2007 Monkeys of the Taï Forest – an African primate community. Cambridge Univ. Press. (ISBN13 978-0-521-81633-5 hardback)

  • Noë, R. 2017. Local mating markets in humans and non-human animals. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 71: 148 (DOI 10.1007/s00265-017-2376-3) This invited review is a spin-off of a chapter of the book  'Markets in Nature' I am (still) writing. (read only) online version pdf
  • Noë, R. 2017. Cooperation. Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology: Elsevier. pdf (this is an updated version of my 2010 contribution to the  Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience)
  • Schwing R., Jocteur E., Wein, A., Noë, R. & Massen, J. J.M. 2016. Kea cooperate better with sharing affiliates. Animal Cognition 19(6), 1093-1102 (Open Access)
  • Noë, R2016. Cooperation. A reference module in Behavioral Neuroscience J. Stein (ed). Elsevier (and updated version of my 2010 contribution to the Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience) (in press) pdf on request
  • Werner, G. D. A., Strassmann, J. E., Ivens, A. B. F., Engelmoer, D. J. P., Verbruggen, E., Queller, D. C., Noë, R., Johnson, N. C., Hammerstein, P. & Kiers, T. 2014. Evolution of microbial markets. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 111, 1237-1244  doi:10.1073/pnas.1315980111  pdf
  • Noë, R. & Laporte, M. 2014. Socio-spatial cognition in vervet monkeys. Animal Cognition 17, 597-607 pdf
  • Van de Waal, E., Spinelli, M., Bshary, R., Ros, A.F.H. & Noë, R. 2013. Negotiations over grooming in wild vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus). International Journal of Primatology 34, 1153-1171 pdf
Dispatch: Barrett, L. & Henzi, S. P. 2013. Social Coordination: Patience Is a Virtue for Vervet Monkeys. Current Biology, 23, R311-R313 pdf
  • Noë, R. & Voelkl, B. 2013. Cooperation and biological markets: the power of partner chocie. In : Cooperation and its Evolution. Sterelny, K.;Joyce, R.; Calcott, B. & Fraser, B. (eds) MIT Press, pp. 131-151
  • Fruteau, C., Lemoine, S., Hellard, E., Van Damme, E. & Noë, R. 2011. When females trade grooming for grooming: Testing partner control and partner choice models of cooperation in two species of primates Animal Behaviour 81, 1223-1230 pdf
  • Locatelli, S., Roeder, A. D., Bruford, M. W., Noë, R., Delaporte, E. & Peeters, M. 2011. Lack of evidence of simian immunodeficiency virus infection among nonhuman primates in Taï National Park, Côte d’Ivoire: Limitations of noninvasive methods and SIV diagnostic tools for studies of primate retroviruses International Journal of Primatology 32, 288-307 pdf
  • Weingrill, T., Willems, E. P., Krützen, M. & Noë, R. 2011. Determinants of paternity success in a group of captive vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) International Journal of Primatology  32, 415-429 pdf

  • Fruteau, C., van de Waal, E., Van Damme, E. & Noë, R. 2011. Infant access and handling in sooty mangabeys and vervet monkeys. Animal Behaviour 81, 153-161 pdf
about this paper: Science News 5 NOV 2010
  • Voelkl, B. & Noë, R. 2010. Simulation of information propagation in real-life primate networks: longevity, fecundity, fidelity. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology  64, 1449-1459 pdf
  • Scheid, C & Noë, R. 2010. The performance of rooks in a cooperative task depends on their temperament. Animal Cognition 13, 545-553 pdf
  • Noë, R. 2010. Cooperation. Encyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience G. Koob, M. Le Moal and R.Thompson (eds). Academic Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 345-353 (ask pdf per email)
  • Noë, R. (2010). A haphazard career. Guest feature in: Social Behaviour: Genes, Ecology and Evolution. Székely, T., Moore A. J. & Komdeur, J. (eds) Cambridge University Press, pp 226-229 (buy the book)
  • Fruteau, C., Range, F. & Noë, R. 2010. Infanticide risk and infant defence in multi-male free-ranging Sooty Mangabeys, Cercocebus atys. Behavioural Processes 83, 113-118 pdf 
  • Zuberbühler, K., Ouattara, K., Bitty, A., Lemasson, A. & Noë, R. 2009. The primate roots of human language: Primate vocal behaviour and cognition in the wild. In: Becoming eloquent: Advances in the emergence of language, human cognition, and modern cultures (Eds. d’Errico, F. & Hombert, J.-M.). John Benjamins, Amsterdam.
  • Fruteau, C., Voelkl, B., Van Damme, E., & Noë, R. 2009. Supply and demand determine the market value of food providers in wild vervet monkeys. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 106, 12007-12012 PNAS Open Access

about this paper: New ScientistLes Echos (F), De Volkskrant (NL), DerStandard (A), CNN

press releases: CNRS (INEE), NWO (English), NWO (nederlands)

podcast & transscript National Public Radio (US)
  • Scheid, C., Schmidt, J. & Noë, R. 2008. Distinct patterns of food offering and co-feeding in rooks. Animal Behaviour 76, 1701-1707 pdf

  •  Voelkl, B. & Noë, R. 2008. The influence of social structure on the propagation of social information in artificial primate groups: A graph-based simulation approach. Journal of Theoretical Biology 252, 77-86 pdf

  • Locatelli, S., Liegeois, F., Lafay, B., Roeder, A. D., Bruford, M. W., Formenty, P., Noë, R., Delaporte, E. & Peeters, M. 2008. Prevalence and genetic diversity of simian immunodeficiency virus infection in wild-living red colobus monkeys (Piliocolobus badius badius) from the Taï forest, Côte d'Ivoire. SIVwrc in wild-living western red colobus monkeys. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 8, 1-14 pdf

  • Noë, R. 2007. Despotic partner choice puts helpers under pressure? Behavioural Processes, 76, 120-125pdf

  • Noë, R. 2007. Selection of human prosocial behavior through partner choice by powerful individuals and institutions. Behavioral and Brain Science 30 (1): 37-38 pdf (complete target article by Herbert Gintis with all comments can be found here)

  • Noë, R. 2006. Digging for the roots of trading.In: Kappeler, P. M. & van Schaik C. P. (eds.) Cooperation in Primates and Humans: Evolution and Mechanisms. Springer, Berlin pp. 233-261 pdf

  • Noë, R. 2006. Cooperation experiments: coordination through communication versus acting apart together. Animal Behaviour, 71, 1-18 pdf

  • Range, F. & Noë, R. 2005. Can simple rules account for the pattern of triadic interactions in juvenile and adult female sooty mangabeys? Animal Behaviour, 69, 445-452. pdf
  • Santiago, M. L., Range, F., Keele, B. F., Li, Y., Bailes, E., Bibollet-Ruche, F., Fruteau, C., Noë, R., Peeters, M., Brookfield, J. F. Y., Shaw, G. M., Sharp, P. M. & Hahn, B. H. 2005. Simian immunodeficiency virus infection in free-ranging sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys atys) from the Tai Forest, Cote d'Ivoire: Implications for the origin of epidemic Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2. Journal of Virology, 79, 12515-12527. pdf

  • Weingrill, T., Stanisiere, C. & Noë, R. 2005. Training Vervet monkeys to avoid electric wires: Is there evidence for social learning? Zoo Biology, 24, 145-151 pdf

  • Korstjens, A., Nijssen, E. & Noë, R. 2005. Intergroup relationships in western black-and-white colobus, Colobus polykomos polykomos. International Journal of Primatology, 26, 1267-1289 pdf

  • Shultz, S., Noë, R., McGraw, W. S. & Dunbar, R. I. M. 2004. A community-level evaluation of the impact of prey behavioural and ecological characteristics on predator diet composition. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 271, 725-732. pdf
  • Korstjens, A. H. & Noë, R. 2004. Mating system of an exceptional primate, the olive colobus (Procolobus verus). American Journal of Primatology, 62, 261 - 273 pdf

  • Bshary, R. & Noë, R. 2003. Biological Markets: the ubiquitous influence of partner choice on the dynamics of cleaner fish-client reef fish interactions. In: Genetic and Cultural Evolution of Cooperation. (Ed. by Hammerstein, P.), pp. 167-184.: MIT Press. Cambridge, Mass. pdf

  • Bergstrom, C. T.; Bronstein, J. L.; Bshary, R.; Connor, R. C.; Daly, M.; Frank, S. A,; Gintis, H.; Keller, L.; Leimar, O.; Noë, R.; Queller, D.C., 2003. Interspecific mutualisms: puzzles and predictions. Group report of the Dahlem Workshop 'Genetic and Cultural Evolution of Cooperation, Berlin 23 – 28 juin 2002 Dahlem Konferenzen, Berlin – MIT Press. pp. 241-256
  • Courgnaud, V., Formenty, P., Akoua-Koffi, C., Noë, R., Delaporte, E. & Peeters, M. 2003. Partial molecular characterization of simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIV) from African colobids, SIVwrc from Western red colobus (Procolobus badius) and SIVolc from olive colobus (Procolobus verus). Journal of Virology, 77, 744-748 pdf

  • Shultz, S., Faurie, C. & Noë, R. 2003. Behavioural responses of Diana monkeys to male long-distance calls: changes in ranging, association patterns and activity. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 53, 238-245 pdf

  • Shultz, S. & Noë, R. 2002. The consequences of crowned eagle central-place foraging on predation risk in monkeys. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, B., 269, 1797-1802 pdf

  • Range, F. & Noë, R. 2002. Familiarity and dominance relations among female sooty mangabeys in the Tai National Park. American Journal of Primatology, 56, 137-153. pdf
  • Korstjens, A. H., Sterck, E. H. M. & Noë, R. 2002. How adaptive or phylogenetically inert is primate social behaviour? A test with two sympatric colobines. Behaviour, 139, 203-225 pdf

  • Rödel, M. O., Range, F., Seppanen, J. T. & Noë, R. 2002. Caviar in the rain forest: monkeys as frog-spawn predators in Tai National Park, Ivory Coast. Journal of. Tropical Ecology, 18, 289-294 pdf

  • Noë, R. & Bshary, R. 2001. Fruitful cooperation. Interspecies associations in an African forest. In: Macdonald, D. (ed.) The New Encyclopedia of Mammals. Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, pp. 394-395 pdf

  • Noë, R. 2001. Biological markets: partner choice as the driving force behind the evolution of cooperation. In: Economics in Nature. Social Dilemmas, Mate Choice and Biological Markets. (Ed. by Noë, R., van Hooff, J. A. R. A. M. & Hammerstein, P.), pp. 93-118. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

  • Bshary, R. & Noë, R. 1997. Anti-predation behaviour of red colobus monkeys in the presence of chimpanzees. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 41, 321-333 pdf

  • Bshary, R. & Noë, R. 1997. Red colobus and diana monkeys provide mutual protection against predators. Animal Behaviour, 54, 1461-1474 pdf

  • Noë, R. & Bshary, R. 1997. The formation of red colobus - diana monkey associations under predation pressure from chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, B., 264, 253-259 pdf 

about this paper: (Nature News & Views by R.I.M. Dunbar)

  • Wachter, B., Schabel, S. & Noë, R. 1997. Diet overlap and polyspecific associations of red colobus and diana monkeys in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast. Ethology, 103, 514-526 pdf

  • Zuberbühler, K., Noë, R. & Seyfarth, R. M. 1997. Diana monkey long-distance calls: messages for conspecific and predators. Animal Behaviour, 53, 589-604 pdf

  • Höner, O. P., Leumann, L. & Noë, R. 1997. Dyadic associations of red colobus (Colobus badius) and diana monkey (Cercopithecus diana) groups in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast. Primates, 38, 281-291 pdf

  • Holenweg, A. K., Noë, R. & Schabel, M. 1996. Waser's gas model applied to associations between red colobus and diana monkeys in the Taï National Park, Ivory Coast. Folia primatologica, 67, 125-136 pdf

  • Noë, R. & Sluijter, A. A. 1995. Which adult male savanna baboons form coalitions? International Journal of Primatology, 16, 77-105 pdf OCR-version pdf

  • Noë, R. & Hammerstein, P. 1995. Biological markets. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 10, 336-339 pdf

  • Noë, R. & Hammerstein, P. 1994. Biological markets: supply and demand determine the effect of partner choice in cooperation, mutualism and mating. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, 35, 1-11 pdf

  • Noë, R. 1994. A model of coalition formation among male baboons with fighting ability as the crucial parameter. Animal Behaviour, 47, 211-213 pdf

  • Noë, R. 1992. Alliance formation among male baboons: shopping for profitable partners. In: Harcourt, A. H.; Waal, F. B. M. de (eds.) Coalitions and Alliances in Humans and Other Animals. Oxford UP pp. 285-321 pdf (13.5 Mb !)

  • Noë, R., Schaik, C. P. v. & Hooff, J. A. R. A. M. v. 1991. The market effect: an explanation for pay-off asymmetries among collaborating animals. Ethology, 87, 97-118.pdf

  • Noë, R. & Sluijter, A. A. 1990. Reproductive tactics of male savanna baboons. Behaviour, 113, 117-170 pdf

  • Noë, R. 1990. A Veto game played by baboons: a challenge to the use of the Prisoner's Dilemma as a paradigm for reciprocity and cooperation. Animal Behaviour, 39, 78-90 pdf

  • Noë, R. 1986. Lasting alliances among adult male savannah baboons. In: Else, J. M.; Lee, P. H. (eds.) Primate ontogeny, cognition and social behaviour. Cambridge Univiversity Press.

  • Noë, R. & Blom, C. W. P. M. 1981. Occurrence of three Plantago species in coastal dune grasslands in relation to pore-volume and organic matter content of the soil. Journal of Applied Ecology, 19, 177-182.

  • Noë, R., Waal, F. B. M. d. & Hooff, J. A. R. A. M. v. 1980. Types of dominance in a chimpanzee colony. Folia primatologica, 34, 90-110. pdf



Noë, R.; van Hooff, J.A.R.A.M. & Hammerstein, P. (eds.), 2001, Economics in Nature. Social Dilemmas, Mate Choice and Biological Markets.

Cambridge Univ. Press (ISBN13 0-521-65014-3 hardback & ISBN-10 0 521-00399-7 (paperback).

                    also available as eBook

reviews of Economics in Nature: Dittami-Ethology.pdf; Mesterton-Gibbons QRevBiol.pdf; Roberts & Atkinson ISBE Newsletter.pdf; Rubin Human Ecol.pdf; Sherratt Anim.Behav..pdf


McGraw, W. S.; Zuberbühler, K. & Noë, R (eds.). 2007 Monkeys of the Taï Forest – an African primate community.

Cambridge Univ. Press. (ISBN13 978-0-521-81633-5 hardback).