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Marie Charpentier

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As a behavioural ecologist, I’m working on the evolution of sociality in primate societies through individually-based, longitudinal follow-ups. I am interested in the major determinants of social relationships (such as kin relationships or parasitic status) as well as the proximal factors that regulate these relationships (odours, visual appearance). Behavioural observations, genetic, parasitic and eco-physiological analyzes, but also the use of artificial intelligence, constitute the various tools that help to answer my research questions.
In 2012, I have founded the “Mandrillus Project”, a field-station located in Southern Gabon (Lékédi Park, Bakoumba) to study the only natural population of habituated mandrills –Mandrillus sphinx– worldwide. Since 2012, my research assistants (around 10 people), my collaborators and I have accumulated tens of thousands of hours of observations as well as different life-history parameters on more than 300 mandrills, from their birth to their death/dispersal/sexual maturity.

Keywords :

Behavioral ecology – Evolutionary primatology – Long-term follow-ups – Social systems – Mandrill

Responsabilities :

– 2024-… President of the European Federation for Primatology
– 2024-… Associate Editor – Royal Society Open Science
– 2019-2021 Member of the ‘Comité National’ (CoCNRS) Section 52 – CNRS
– 2019-… Member of Editorial Committee |Revue de Primatologie
– 2018-… Recommender for |Peer Community in Ecology
– 2016-2021 Member of the ‘Comité National’ (CoCNRS) Section 29 – CNRS
– 2012-2019 Coordinator of a ‘Global Ecology Field Station’ (SEEG, INEE-CNRS)
– 2010-2017 Coordinator of a LIA (International Associated Laboratories), CNRS-CIRMF (Gabon)
– 2012-2014 Member of CNU (National Committee of the French Universities) Section 67
– 2010-2013 Associate Editor |Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
– 2009-2013 Member of the Editorial Board |International Journal of Primatology