Prof Vincent Janik:
Professor of Biology
Director of Scottish Oceans Institute

Research Overview:

I am interested in the evolution of complexity in communication systems and how this complexity can affect social interaction. This work takes two different approaches. On the one hand I investigate environmental constraints that influence the design of vocal communication systems, and on the other I study the underlying cognitive skills required to overcome or circumvent such constraints. Much of this work concentrates on vocal communication in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). This species combines the ability of vocal learning with complex cognitive skills that exceed those of most other animals. Furthermore, dolphins rely almost exclusively on acoustic communication which avoids the difficulties connected with studying multi-modal communication systems.


5 (of 88 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for vj (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Bottlenose dolphin calves have multi-year elevations of plasma oxytocin compared to all other age classes Kelly Joanne Bunting, Kerstin Ternes, Neil Hazon, Randall Wells, Vincent Janik
General and Comparative Endocrinology 2020 vol. 286
Repeated downsweep vocalizations of the Araguaian river dolphin, Inia araguaiensis Gabriel Melo Alves dos Santos, Sam F. Walmsley, Miriam Marmontel, Marcelo Oliveira-da-Costa , Vincent Janik
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2020 vol. 147 pp. 748-756
Effects of impulsive noise on marine mammals Gordon Drummond Hastie, Nathan Merchant, Thomas Goetz, Debbie JF Russell, Paul Thompson, Vincent Janik
Ecological Applications 2019 vol. 29
Formant modification through vocal production learning in gray seals Vincent Janik
Current Biology 2019 vol. 29 pp. 2244-2249
Individual Signatures in Animal Groups: Cetaceans Laela S. Sayigh, Vincent Janik
2019 vol. 1 pp. 539-549