Dr Mylene Mariette





Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env. Sciences


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University, 2010

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.



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


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Variation in reproductive success across captive populations: methodological differences, potential biases and opportunities

S Griffith, O Crino, S Andrew, F Nomano, E Adkins-Regan, C Alonso-Alvarez, I Bailey, S Bittner, P Bolton, W Boner, N Boogert, I Boucaud, M Briga, K Buchanan, B Caspers, M Cicho?, D Clayton, S Derégnaucourt, W Forstmeier, L Guillette, I Hartley, S Healy, D Hill, M Holveck, L Hurley, M Ihle, E Krause, M Mainwaring, V Marasco, M Mariette, M Martin-Wintle, L McCowan, M McMahon, P Monaghan, R Nager, M Naguib, A Nord, D Potvin, N Prior, K Riebel, A Romero-Haro, N Royle, J Rutkowska, W Schuett, J Swaddle, M Tobler, L Trompf, C Varian-Ramos, C Vignal, A Villain, T Williams

(2017), Vol. 123, pp. 1-29, Ethology: international journal of behavioural biology, London, Eng., C1


Co-option of the cardiac transcription factor Nkx2.5 during development of the emu wing

P Farlie, N Davidson, N Baker, M Raabus, K Roeszler, C Hirst, A Major, M Mariette, D Lambert, A Oshlack, C Smith

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 1-12, Nature communications, London, Eng., C1


Sex reversal and comparative data undermine the W chromosome and support Z-linked DMRT1 as the regulator of gonadal Sex differentiation in birds

C Hirst, A Major, K Ayers, R Brown, M Mariette, T Sackton, C Smith

(2017), Vol. 158, pp. 2970-2987, Endocrinology, Cary, N.C., C1


Higher temperatures during development reduce body size in the zebra finch in the laboratory and in the wild

S Andrew, L Hurley, M Mariette, S Griffith

(2017), pp. 1-9, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Chichester, Eng., C1


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

I Boucaud, M Mariette, A Villain, C Vignal

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


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

P Boucherie, M Mariette, C Bret, V Dufour

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


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

M Mariette, K Buchanan

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


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

M Fernandez, H Soula, M Mariette, C Vignal

(2016), Vol. 7, pp. 1816-1816, Frontiers in psychology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Corticosterone triggers high-pitched nestlings' begging calls and affects parental behavior in the wild zebra finch

E Perez, M Mariette, P Cochard, C Soulage, S Griffith, C Vignal

(2016), Vol. 27, pp. 1665-1675, Behavioral ecology, Oxford, Eng., C1-1


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

M Mariette, S Griffith

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


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

M Mariette, K Buchanan, W Buttemer, V Careau

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


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

L McCowan, M Mariette, S Griffith

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


Does coloniality improve foraging efficiency and nestling provisioning? A field experiment in the wild Zebra Finch

M Mariette, S Griffith

(2013), Vol. 94, pp. 325-335, Ecology, Ithaca, N.Y., C1-1


Juvenile social experience affects pairing success at adulthood: Congruence with the loser effect?

M Mariette, C Cathaud, R Chambon, C Vignal

(2013), Vol. 280, pp. 1-9, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: biological sciences, London, England, C1-1


Male song structure predicts reproductive success in a wild zebra finch population

J Woodgate, M Mariette, A Bennett, S Griffith, K Buchanan

(2012), Vol. 83, pp. 773-781, Animal behaviour, Oxford, England, C1


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

M Mariette, S Griffith

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


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

M Mariette, S Griffith

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


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

M Mariette, E Pariser, A Gilby, M Magrath, S Pryke, S Griffith

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


The effects of familiarity and group size on mating preferences in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata

M Mariette, S Zajitschek, G Macías, R Brooks

(2010), Vol. 23, pp. 1772-1782, Journal of evolutionary biology, Chichester, England, C1-1


Vocal communication at the nest between mates in wild zebra finches : a private vocal duet?

J Elie, M Mariette, H Soula, S Griffith, N Mathevon, C Vignal

(2010), Vol. 80, pp. 597-605, Animal behaviour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Artificial ornaments manipulate intrinsic male quality in wild-caught zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)

E Pariser, M Mariette, S Griffith

(2010), Vol. 21, pp. 264-269, Behavioral Ecology, Cary, North Carolina, C1-1


Low level of extrapair parentage in wild zebra finches

S Griffith, C Holleley, M Mariette, N Svedin

(2010), Vol. 79, pp. 261-264, Animal behaviour, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Short- and long-term consequences of early developmental conditions : a case study on wild and domesticated zebra finches

B Tschirren, A Rutstein, E Postma, M Mariette, S Griffith

(2009), Vol. 22, pp. 387-395, Journal of evolutionary biology, Chichester, England, C1-1


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

S Griffith, S Pryke, M Mariette

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


The effects of inbreeding on male courtship behaviour and coloration in guppies

M Mariette, J Kelley, R Brooks, J Evans

(2006), Vol. 112, pp. 807-814, Ethology, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

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

  • 2018: $36,377
  • 2017: $127,999

Revisiting the ontogeny of vocal learning in birds: from neuron to fitness

Prof Kate Buchanan, Dr Mylene Mariette, Prof Robert Dooling

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2018: $46,154


No completed student supervisions to report