Percher alice

I am interested in tools used in the reconstruction of diet from biological samples collected on living primates.

In particular, I am studying the microwear present on mandrills’ dental enamel to understand the relationships between the formation of these dental microwear and several ecological factors such as individual feeding behavior, or the environment. Moreover, I am studying the influence of individual traits such as sex, age or social rank of the mandrills on the dental microwear patterns variation.

Stable isotope analysis of both carbon and nitrogen, other diet proxies, constitute further a major part of my research.

I am also involved in a geometric morphometrics project that aims at exploring the relationships between facial resemblance between individuals and kinship.