University of St Andrews
 
 

Prof Vincent Janik
Professor of Biology
Director of Scottish Oceans Institute

Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 8LB
UK

  • 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.

 

Publications

Goetz, T & Janik, VM 2016, 'The startle reflex in acoustic deterrence: an approach with universal applicability?' Animal Conservation, vol 19, pp. 225-226. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12295
Götz, T & Janik, VM 2016, 'Non-lethal management of carnivore predation: long-term tests with a startle-reflex based deterrence system on a fish farm' Animal Conservation, vol 19, pp. 212-221. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12248
Russell, DJ, Hastie, GD, Thompson, D, Janik, VM, Hammond, PS, Scott-Hayward, LAS, Matthiopoulos, J, Jones, EL & McConnell, BJ 2016, 'Avoidance of wind farms by harbour seals is limited to pile driving activities' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol Early view. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12678
Favaro, L, Neves, S, Furlati, S, Pessani, D, Martin, V & Janik, VM 2016, 'Evidence suggests vocal production learning in a cross-fostered Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)' Animal Cognition, vol 19, pp. 847-853. DOI: 10.1007/s10071-016-0961-x
Stansbury, A, Deecke, V, Gotz, T & Janik, VM 2016, Potential uses of anthropogenic noise as a source of information in animal sensory and communication systems. in AN Popper & A Hawkins (eds), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol. 875, Springer, pp. 1105-1111. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_137
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