Staff profile - Mylene Mariette

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Dr Mylene Mariette

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Life & Env. Sciences
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Research interests

My research focuses on the fitness consequences of individuals’ sociality. In particular, I am interested in how social interactions affect individual’s breeding decisions and life history strategies, and how they may buffer environmental variations. Specifically, I am investigating:
- the effect of sociality and coloniality on parental care, reproductive success and foraging behaviour
-  the adaptive value of the behavioural coordination between breeding partners in parental care and foraging
- the link between social position in a network and reproductive and foraging tactics
-  the role of acoustic communication within the family in optimizing reproductive output and resolving conflicts
- 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.
I mostly like doing large-scale experiments in the wild, using new technologies such as RFID tags. The iconic zebra finch turned out to be an excellent model species in the wild. It has inspired a lot of my research questions, together with the unpredictable arid landscapes that it inhabits.



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

Mariette M.M. & Griffith S.G. 2013. Does coloniality improve foraging efficiency and nestling provisioning? A field experiment in the wild zebra finch. Ecology 94: 325-335.

Mariette M.M. & Griffith S.G. 2012. Nest visit synchrony is high and correlates with reproductive success in the wild zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata. Journal of Avian Biology. 43: 131-140.

Woodgate J.L., Mariette M.M., Bennett A.T.D, Griffith S.G, & Buchanan K.L. 2012. Male song structure predicts reproductive success in a wild zebra finch population. Animal Behaviour. 83: 773-781.

Mariette M.M. & Griffith S.G. 2012. Conspecific attraction and nest site selection in a nomadic species, the zebra finch. Oikos. 121: 823-834.

Mariette M.M., Zajitschek S., Macías Garcia T. & Brooks R. 2010. The effects of familiarity and group size on mating preferences in the guppy, Poecilia reticulata. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23: 1772-1782.


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