Eloise Déaux

I am a behavioural ecologist broadly interested in the evolution of complex communication systems. During my PhD I took an integrative approach to the study of canid acoustic and visual signals, by investigating the relationships between signal structure, function and evolution.

I have recently joined the lab to work on a project looking at how chimpanzees socially acquire their vocal communicative abilities. Specifically, we are interested in understanding whether and to what extent chimpanzees are capable of modifying the structure of their calls through social experiences. We will also be looking at how chimpanzees socially learn the arbitrary associations between eliciting stimuli and their calls. Through this research we aim to gain a better understanding of the evolutionary processes that led to the transition from non-linguistic to linguistic human language.

More information on current and past research can be found on my website and publication links are available from researchgate .

Publication list

Déaux, E.C., Allen, A.P, Clarke, J.A. and Charrier, I. 2016. Concatenation of 'alert' and 'identity' segments in dingoes' alarm calls. Scientific Reports, 6, 30556.

Déaux, E.C., Charrier, I., and Clarke, J.A. 2016. The bark, the howl and the bark-howl: identity cues in dingoes' multicomponent calls. Behavioural Processes, 129, 94-100.

Déaux, E.C., Clarke, J.A. and Charrier, I. 2016. Dingo howls: the content and efficacy of a long-range vocal signal. Ethology, 122, 649-659.

Déaux, E.C., Clarke, J.A. and Charrier, I. 2015. Aggressive bimodal communication in domestic dogs, Canis familiaris. PLoS One 10 (11): e0142975.

Déaux, E.C. and Clarke, J.A. 2013. Dingo (Canis lupus dingo) acoustic repertoire: Form and contexts. Behaviour 150, 75-101.



Eloïse Deaux

eloise deaux



Université de Neuchâtel
Institut de Biologie
Cognition Comparée
Rue Emile-Argand 11
2000 Neuchâtel

room B027 (Bâtiment G)