Sensory Neuro-Ethology

Our research revolves around the evolution of communication and the ability to produce and perceive sensory signals in both animals and humans.

We propose a comparative and experimental view, developing an alliance between research on animal behavior in the field and investigations in the lab.

Our research goes along 5 axes:

  • a phylogenetic axis (from fish to humans),
  • a developmental axis,
  • a social complexity axis,
  • a trans-disciplinary axis (from behavior to brain),
  • and an applied axis.

The research activity of the ENES team has been focused on acoustic signals (bioacoustics) since many years, and now extends to other sensory channels (olfactory and visual). For more information, please go to https://www.eneslab.com/

Methods and Techniques

Sound recording and playback, behavioral analysis.

Field work: https://www.eneslab.com/gallery

Lab facilities: https://www.eneslab.com/research-facilities

Research Project

Along our five axes, we develop the following eight specific research strands:

  • Strand 1: Human non-verbal vocalizations
  • Strand 2: Acoustic communication networks in mammals’ complex social contexts
  • Strand 3: Acoustic communication in birds
  • Strand 4: Development of communication signals
  • Strand 5: Evolution of information coding and sensory perception
  • Strand 6: Multi-scale effects of acoustic stressors in aquatic environments
  • Strand 7: Human-animal interactions
  • Strand 8: Acoustic monitoring of wildlife and ecosystems

(more information at https://www.eneslab.com/)





Prof. Nicolas Mathevon (University of Lyon / Saint-Etienne, Institut universitaire de France)