Dr Lucille Chapuis
Marie Curie Fellow
Hatherly Building, University of Exeter, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4PS, UK
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow funded by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual fellowship. As a sensory ecologist, I aim to understand how aquatic organisms sense and adapt to their everchanging environment. I especially focus on the hearing systems of marine fauna and explore this sensory modality using a multidisciplinary toolset, including morphological, bioimaging, electrophysiological and behavioural techniques.
Fishes use their ears at every stage of their life history to navigate, locate prey and predators, and find mates. Compared to other animals, there is an extraordinary diversity in fish inner ear, shaped by an interplay of physical, evolutionary, functional and ecological factors. I investigate the functional significance and the driving force leading to the differences in fish hearing systems, focusing on elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and skates), one of the most basally positioned vertebrate clades possessing an inner ear.
PhD in Neuroecology (The University of Western Australia, Australia)
MSc in Evolutionary Biology and Conservation (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
BSc in Biology (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)