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Approches comportementales

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Nous mettons en œuvre un ensemble d'approches couvrant les champs de l'éthologie et de la biologie du comportement, pour étudier le comportement animal allant de l'étude de l'individu dans son milieu naturel, en conditions de test expérimental ou dans les conditions plus artificielles mais plus contrôlées du laboratoire. Ces approches sont développées sur l'ensemble des espèces auxquelles nous nous intéressons (rongeurs, petits ruminants, chevaux, faune sauvage...). Dans ce cadre, nous utilisons notamment différentes techniques d'analyse vidéo ou acoustiques des comportements (caméras miniaturisées, logiciels d'analyses d'image ou acoustique...).

En particulier, nous nous intéressons aux comportements de reproduction comme le comportement sexuel mais aussi aux comportements d'agression (lorsqu'ils sont liés à la fonction de reproduction comme dans le cas de l'établissement de la hiérarchie ou la conquête d'un territoire en vue de monopoliser l'accès aux femelles) ou aux comportements parentaux. Nous développons une expertise particulière pour le contrôle olfactif de ces comportements sociaux mais aucune autre sensorialité n'est exclue de notre champ d'investigation. Par ailleurs, nous nous intéressons à tous les stades de développement (embryonnaire, juvénile, adulte...) lorsque cela est nécessaire pour expliquer la mise en place des comportements.