Group description/Main objectives
The group studies both the mechanisms underlying behavioural decisions and the implications of behaviour at the levels of the organism, population and ecosystem. Emphasis is given to the:
- Characterization of acoustic repertoires: signals and variability (dialects?).
- Ontogeny of sound production and of hearing.
- Role of acoustic signals in species recognition, male-male assessment (e.g. territorial defence) and mate choice.
- Role of the acoustic signals within the multimodal communication system in model fish.
- Influence of the social environment. Choruses and vocal activity rhythms.
- Sound production mechanisms.
- Characterization of hearing at peripheral and central levels. How well is the
hearing pathway adapted to perceive the communication sounds ?
- Impact of environmental constraints to acoustic communication.
- Acoustic signals and biogeography.