Dr Mylene Mariette

STAFF PROFILE

Position

ARC DECRA Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research interests

My research focuses on the importance of social selection and acoustic communication for the evolution of parental care and cooperation. In particular, I am interested in the role of acoustic communication in regulating cooperation and conflicts within the family, and the effects of early environment on development and individual life history strategies.

 

PhD POSITION AVAILABLE in our lab, deadline for applying 28/02/17: http://www.ecolsoc.org.au/opportunities/2017/prenatal-acoustic-communication-developmental-programming

 

Currently, I am working on:
- Prenatal communication in birds: I am investigating the potential for parents to program the development of their offspring using acoustic signals before hatching, and the role this may play in species adaptation to unpredictable environments. (full text: Mariette & Buchanan 2016 Science)
- Social network and reproductive strategies: I am studying how position in a social network affects reproductive and foraging tactics, as well as the information transfer between colony members in wild zebra finches.
- Coordination of parental care: I test the fitness advantages of behavioural coordination between breeding partners in provisioning and foraging, and their implications for the evolution of bi-parental care.

Recently I have also worked on:
- the effect of sociality and coloniality on parental care, reproductive success and foraging behaviour
- social influences on mate choice, including the rare male effect, and the loser effect (traditionally applied to a fighting context)
- the development of social phenotypes and their relevance for mating strategies and parental care.

I mostly conduct large-scale experiments in the wild or in captivity. The iconic zebra finch has inspired a lot of my research questions, together with the unpredictable arid landscapes that it inhabits.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Mariette M.M. & Buchanan K.L., 2016. Prenatal acoustic communication programs offspring for high posthatching temperatures in a songbird. Science. 353: 812-814. link full text

Boucaud I.C.A., Mariette M.M. Villain A.S & Vignal C. 2015. Vocal negotiation over parental care? Acoustic communication at the nest predicts partners´ incubation share. J. Linnean Soc. 117:322-336.

Mariette M.M., Buchanan K.L., Buttemer W.A. & Careau V. 2015. Tough decisions: reproductive timing and output vary with individuals’ physiology, behavior and past success in a social opportunistic breeder. Hormone & Behavior. 76: SI23-33.

Mariette M.M. & Griffith S.C. 2015. The adaptive significance of provisioning and foraging coordination between breeding partners. American Naturalist. 185:270-280. “highly cited paper” in Web of Science

Mariette M.M., Cathaud C., Chambon R. & Vignal C. 2013. Juvenile social experience affects pairing success at adulthood: congruence with the loser effect? Proc. Roy. B. 280: 20131514.

Full list at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mylene_Mariette/contributions

Publications

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2016

Vocal negotiation over parental care? Acoustic communication at the nest predicts partners' incubation share

Ingrid Boucaud, Dr Mylene Mariette, Avelyne Villain, Clementine Vignal

(2016), Vol. 117, pp. 322-336, Biological journal of the linnean society, London, Eng., C1

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Prenatal acoustic communication programs offspring for high posthatching temperatures in a songbird.

Dr Mylene Mariette, Prof Kate Buchanan

(2016), Vol. 353, pp. 812-814, Science, Washington D.C., Wash., C1

journal

Bonding beyond the pair in a monogamous bird: Impact on social structure in adult rooks (Corvus frugilegus)

Palmyre Boucherie, Dr Mylene Mariette, Celine bret, Valerie Dufour

(2016), Vol. 153, pp. 897-925, Behaviour: an international journal of behaviourial biology, Leiden, The Netherlands, C1

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A new semi-automated method for assessing avian acoustic networks reveals that juvenile and adult zebra finches have separate calling networks

Marie Fernandez, Hedi A Soula, Dr Mylene Mariette, Clementine Vignal

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 1-18, Frontiers in psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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2015

Tough decisions: Reproductive timing and output vary with individuals' physiology, behavior and past success in a social opportunistic breeder

Dr Mylene Mariette, Prof Kate Buchanan, Prof Bill Buttemer, Dr Vincent Careau

(2015), Vol. 76, pp. 23-33, Hormones and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

The adaptive significance of provisioning and foraging coordination between breeding partners.

Dr Mylene Mariette, Dr Simon Griffith

(2015), Vol. 185, pp. 270-280, American naturalist, Chicago, IL., C1-1

journal

The size and composition of social groups in the wild zebra finch

Luke McCowan, Dr Mylene Mariette, Dr Simon Griffith

(2015), Vol. 115, pp. 191-198, Emu : Austral ornithology, Clayton, Vic., C1-1

journal
2012

Conspecific attraction and nest site selection in a nomadic species, the zebra finch

Dr Mylene Mariette, Dr Simon Griffith

(2012), Vol. 121, pp. 823-834, Oikos, London, England, C1-1

journal

Nest visit synchrony is high and correlates with reproductive success in the wild Zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata

Dr Mylene Mariette, Dr Simon Griffith

(2012), Vol. 43, pp. 131-140, Journal of Avian Biology, London, England, C1-1

journal
2011

Using an Electronic Monitoring System to Link Offspring Provisioning and Foraging Behavior of a Wild Passerine

Dr Mylene Mariette, Emma C Pariser, Amanda J. Gilby, Michael J. L. Magrath, Sarah R. Pryke, Dr Simon Griffith

(2011), Vol. 128, pp. 26-35, Auk, Berkeley, Calif., C1-1

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2008

Use of nest-boxes by the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata): implications for reproductive success and research

Simon C. Griffith, Sarah R. Pryke, Dr Mylene Mariette

(2008), Vol. 108, pp. 311-319, Emu, Collingwood, Vic., C1-1

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Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

The role of pre-natal communication in adaptation to hot climate

Dr Mylene Mariette, Prof Kate Buchanan

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2017: $56,319

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report