My research prioritizes a multidisciplinary
approach combining tools from signal processing, ethology, neurobiology,
ecology, with the aim to understand the acoustic communication
systems of different categories of animals. I was first, and
up to the mid ‘90s, interested by the coding-decoding
process of territorial songs and of alarm calls of birds. Later,
my main research interest have turned towards problems of communication
in constraining environments and particularly in noisy environments
(studied mainly in penguin colonies) and absorbent environments
(studied mainly in tropical forest birds). At present, I am
also interested by acoustic communication networks in leks or
small communities of territorial birds.
Biological models: Insects (Drosophila,
cicadas, cockroaches), frogs, songbirds, seabirds (penguins,
gulls, shearwaters), mammals (sheep, seals, walruses).
Current Projects & Grants
Impact Repellent & Deterrent sYstem R&T project (BIRDY).
Study of a method to reduce bird strike risk thanks to an
acoustic system embedded on aircraft. Airbus Industry Group.
- Automatic acoustic recognition
of pheasants. National Hunting
and Wildlife Office (ONCFS)
- Acoustic communication
in Walrus (project supervised
by Isabelle Charrier). French Polar Institute (IPEV).
- Pr. Malu Da Silva (Universidad
do Para, Bélem, Brazil)
- Dr.Etienne Danchin (Toulouse 1 University, France)
- Dr. Catherine del Negro (Paris XI University, France)
- Dr. Manfred Gahr (Max-Planck Institute Munich, Allemagne).
- Dr. Martine Hausberger (Rennes University, France )
- Pr. Laurent Nagle (Paris X University, France)
- Dr. Tomasz Osiezuk (Univ Mickiewicz, Pologne)
- Pr. Jacques Vielliard (Campinas University, Brazil)
Behavioral biology, Bioacoustics.
Some Selected Publications
Mulard H., Aubin T., White J.F. , Hatch S. A., Danchin E.
(In press). Experimental evidence of vocal recognition in
young and adult black-legged kittiwakes. Anim. Behav.
Briefer E., Aubin T., Lehongre K., Rybak
F. (2008). How to identify dear-enemies: the group signature
in the complex song of the skylark Alauda arvensis. J. of
Exp. Biol.211, 317-326.
Sebe F., Aubin T., Nowak R., Poindron P. (2007). Acoustic
discrimination between ewes and lamb in the first two days
after parturition. Dev. Psychobiol. 49, 375–386.
Sueur J., Aubin T. (2006).When males whistle
at females: complex FM signals in cockroaches. Naturwissenschaften,
Aubin T., Jouventin
P. (1998). Cocktail-party effect in king penguin colonies.
Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 265, 1665-1673.