Mélissa Berthet

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Research interest

Titi monkey vocal behaviour has been described in the late 60’s by Moynihan as “the maximum elaboration which can be attained by species-specific language”. Studies have shown that they produce two different types of alarm call, the A-calls and the B-calls (Cäsar et al., 2012) that can be assembled into sequences encoding both the type and the location of the predator (Cäsar et al., 2013). This capacity is unique in non-human animals so far.
The aim of my PhD is to explore further the encoding capacities of the titi monkeys, and the way they understand alarm sequences. My fieldwork takes place at the Santuario do Caraça, MG, Brazil, on a wild population of Callicebus nigrifrons.



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Mélissa Berthet




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

room B027 (Bâtiment G)
+41 32 718 24 33

study site

  Study site 2

Sanctuário do Caraça
Santa Barbára - State of Minas Gerais