in complex social contexts
The goal of this line of research is to understand how social
organization represents an evolutionary force that shapes information
coding by signalers and information integration by receivers.
I am currently working on social bonding in birds, male-male
interactions in the northern elephant seal, communication networks
in hyena and bonobos, as well as Human parents-baby interactions.
For each of these models, I explore the links between the nature
of social bonds and communication processes. My ultimate objective
is to assess in what extent Human communication behavior is
specific compared to other highly social mammals.
Evolution of information coding in
Vertebrates acoustic signals
I want to compare information coding in sound signals between
Vertebrates. Beside my investigations on birds and mammals,
I am currently working on fish and crocodiles. The ultimate
goal is to test the respective weight of phylogenetical vs social
and environmental constraints in signal shaping.
Communication in extreme acoustic
To fully understand a communication system, one has to take
into account the constraints leading on sound propagation (e.g.
long range communication through obstacles like vegetation,
noisy environments). I am thus interested in identifying specific
adaptations allowing sound communications to remain effective
despite of external constraints. I am doing some research with
models like colonial seabirds or tropical forest songbirds.
Pr. Frederic Theunissen (University of California, Berkeley,
Dr. Colleen Reichmuth (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Pr. David Reby (University of Sussex, GB)
Dr. Catherine Del Negro (University Paris XI, France)
Within the BioAcoustics Team: J.Attia, T.Aubin, M.Beauchaud,
A.Blanc, I.Charrier, F.Levrero, C.Vignal.
Some Selected Publications
Vergne A., Mathevon N. In press. Crocodile egg sounds
signal hatching time. Current Biology.
Curé C., Aubin T., Mathevon N. In press. Acoustic convergence
and divergence in two sympatric burrowing nocturnal seabirds.
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.
Mathevon N., Aubin T., Vielliard J., Da Silva ML., Sebe F.,
Boscolo D. 2008. Singing in the rain forest: How a tropical
bird song transfers information. PloS ONE, 3(2):e1580.
Vignal C., Mathevon N., Mottin S. 2004. Audience drives male
songbird response to partner’s voice. Nature, 430:448-451.
Charrier I., Mathevon N., Jouventin P. 2001. Mother’s
voice recognition by seal pups. Nature, 412: 873.