Charpentier marie
Directeur de recherche CNRS

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As a behavioral ecologist, I’m working on the evolution of sociality in primate societies using long-term, individually-based, data. Since 2012, I’m running a long-term field site in Southern Gabon (Lékédi Park, Bakoumba) to study the only habituated natural population of mandrills. On this population, I’m studying the main determinants of primate social relationships (e.g., kin relationships, parasite status) as well as the proximate factors regulating these relationships. Behavioral observations, genetic, parasitological and eco-physiological analyses are the different tools I’m using to answer my research questions.

  1. Poirotte C, Massol F, Herbert A, Willaume E, Bomo PM, Kappeler PM, Charpentier MJE. 2016. Mandrills use olfaction to socially avoid parasitized conspecifics. Science Advances. Accepted.
  2. Levréro F, Carrete-Vega G, Herbert A, Lawabi I, Courtiol A, Willaume E, Kappeler PM, Charpentier MJE. 2015. Social shaping of voices does not impair phenotype matching of kinship in mandrills. Nature Communications 6: 7609.
  3. Tung J, Charpentier MJE, Mukherjee S, Altmann J, Alberts SC. 2012. Genetic effects on mating success and partner choice in a social mammal. The American Naturalist 180: 113-129. *equal contributions.
  4. Charpentier MJE, Boulet M, Drea CM. 2008. Smelling right: the scent of male lemurs advertises genetic quality and relatedness. Molecular Ecology 17: 3225-3233.
  5. Charpentier MJE, Van Horn RC, Altmann J, Alberts SC. 2008. Paternal effects on offspring fitness in a multimale society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105: 1988-1992.