Dr Anna Ilona Roberts

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Anna Roberts is a visiting research fellow (currently on maternity leave).


M.Sc. Environmental Science, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.

PhD. Psychology, University of Stirling, UK. Emerging language: cognition and gestural communication in wild and language-trained chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).


Anna Roberts investigates communication and cognition in primates. 

Published work

Roberts, A. I., Vick, S.-J., Roberts, S. G. B. & Menzel, C. (2014) Chimpanzees modify intentional gestures to coordinate a search for hidden food. Nature Communications 5, article number 3088, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms4088

Roberts, A. I., Roberts, S. G. B. & Vick, S.-J. (2013) The repertoire and intentionality of gestural communication in wild chimpanzees. Animal Cognition, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10071-013-0664-5

Roberts, A. I., Vick, S.-J. & Buchanan-Smith, H. (2013) Communicative intentions in wild chimpanzees: Persistence and elaboration in gestural signalling. Animal Cognition, 16 (2), pp187-196.  http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1007/s10071-012-0563-1

Roberts, A. I., Vick, S.-J., Roberts, S. G. B., Buchanan-Smith, H. M. & Zuberbühler, K. (2012) A structure-based repertoire of manual gestures in wild chimpanzees: Statistical analyses of a graded communication system. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33 (5), pp. 578-589. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2012.05.006

Roberts, A. I., Vick, S.-J. & Buchanan-Smith, H. (2012) Usage and comprehension of manual gestures in wild chimpanzees. Animal Behaviour, 84 (2), pp. 459-470. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.05.022

Roberts, A. I.. (2012) Review of ‘Chimpanzee behaviour in the wild: An audio-visual encyclopedia’ by Toshisada Nishida, Koichiro Zamma, Takahisa Matsusaka, Agumi Inaba, William McGrew. Primate Eye, February issue.