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Prof Vincent Janik

Prof Vincent Janik
Professor of Biology
Director of Scottish Oceans Institute


  • 1992 German Masters degree in Biology (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany)
  • 1998 PhD (University of St Andrews,UK)
  • 1998-2000 German National Merit Foundation Postdoctoral Investigator (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA)
  • 2001 Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Investigator (University of St Andrews, UK)
  • 2002-2009 Royal Society University Research Fellow (University of St Andrews, UK)
  • 2009/2010 Fellow of the Wisseschaftskolleg Berlin - Centre for Advanced Study, Germany
  • 2009-2014 Reader in Biology (University of St Andrews, UK)
  • since 2014 Professor in Biology (University of St Andrews, UK)

I am working in the field of animal communication, specializing in marine mammals. My main research interest is the evolution of complexity in communication systems and how this complexity can affect social interaction. This work takes two different approaches. I investigate environmental constraints that influence the design of vocal communication systems and 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. Comparative work focuses on grey and harbour seals as well as other dolphin species. I am a member of the Sea Mammal Research Unit and the Centre for Social Learning and Cognitive Evolution. If you want to join my group, please click here.

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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.

 

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Effects of impulsive noise on marine mammals Gordon Drummond Hastie, Nathan Merchant, Thomas Goetz, Debbie JF Russell, Paul Thompson, Vincent Janik
Ecological Applications vol.In press
Individual Signatures in Animal Groups: Cetaceans Laela S. Sayigh, Vincent Janik
2019 vol.1 pp.539-549
Variations in age- and sex-specific survival rates help explain population trend in a discrete marine mammal population Monica Arso Civil, Barbara Cheney, Valentina Islas-Villanueva, Jefferson Alden Graves, Vincent Janik, Paul M Thompson, Philip Steven Hammond
Ecology and Evolution 2019 vol.9 pp.533-544
Clicks of dwarf sperm whales (Kogia sima) Karlina Merkens, David Mann, Vincent Janik, Marie Hill, Erin Oleson
Marine Mammal Science 2018 vol.34 pp.963-978
Marine mammals and sonar Catriona M Harris, Len Thomas, Erin Falcone, John Hildebrand, Dorian Houser, Petter Kvadsheim, Frans-Peter A. Lam, Patrick Miller, David J. Moretti, Andrew Read, Hans Slabbekoorn, Brandon L. Southall, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Douglas Wartzok, Vincent Janik
Journal of Applied Ecology 2018 vol.55 pp.396-404
Selective reactions to different killer whale call categories in two delphinid species Matthew T. Bowers, Ari S. Friedlaender, Vincent Janik, Douglas P. Nowacek, Nicola Quick, Brandon L. Southall, Andrew Read
Journal of Experimental Biology vol.221
Can fear conditioning repel California sea lions from fishing activities? Schakner Zachary, Thomas Goetz, Vincent Janik, Dan Blumstein
Animal Conservation 2017 vol.20 pp.425-432
Cetacean Communication Laela Sayigh, Vincent Janik
2017 pp.66-91
What's in a voice? Dolphins do not use voice cues for individual recognition Laela Sayigh, Randall Wells, Vincent Janik
Animal Cognition 2017 vol.20 pp.1067-1079
Aerial low frequency hearing in captive and free-ranging harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) using auditory brainstem responses Klaus Lucke, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Kerstin Ternes, Bernie J McConnell, Simon Moss, Debbie JF Russell, Heike Weber, Vincent Janik
Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology 2016 vol.202 pp.859-868
Avoidance of wind farms by harbour seals is limited to pile driving activities Debbie JF Russell, Gordon Drummond Hastie, David Thompson, Vincent Janik, Philip Steven Hammond, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Jason Matthiopoulos, Esther Lane Jones, Bernie J McConnell
Journal of Applied Ecology 2016 vol.53 pp.1642-1652
Evidence suggests vocal production learning in a cross-fostered Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) Livio Favaro, Stefano Furlati, Daniela Pessani, Vidal Martin, Vincent Janik
Animal Cognition 2016 vol.19 pp.847-853
Multiple-pulse sounds and seals: results of a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) telemetry study during windfarm construction Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Bernie J McConnell, David Thompson, Vincent Janik
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 2016 vol.875 pp.425-430
The startle reflex in acoustic deterrence: an approach with universal applicability? Thomas Goetz, Vincent Janik
Animal Conservation 2016 vol.19 pp.225-226
Can a gray seal (Halichoerus grypus) generalize call classes? Mafalda de Freitas, Mick Wu, Vincent Janik
Journal of Comparative Psychology 2015 vol.129 pp.412-420
Come dine with me Vincent Janik
Animal Cognition 2015 vol.18 pp.969-974
Grey seals use anthropogenic signals from acoustic tags to locate fish Thomas Goetz, Volker Bernt Deecke, Vincent Janik
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2015 vol.282
Play in dolphins Vincent Janik
Current Biology 2015 vol.25 pp.R7-R8

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