Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP180101207 [ 2018 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Prof Katherine Buchanan; Dr Mylene Mariette; Prof Robert Dooling

Brief description This project aims to test the hypothesis that acoustic exposure prior to hatching directly affects gene expression, neural development, behaviour and consequently fitness, in wild populations of songbirds. Recent research suggests that animals are receptive to acoustic parental signals long before birth and may use such previously unrecognised signals to make adaptive developmental decisions. This project will quantify the effect on neural development and vocal learning in embryonic birds, employing a model songbird species. The outcomes of this study will transform our understanding of the adaptive potential of prenatal vocal learning, which will have significant benefits for human speech and language development.

Funding Amount $393,192

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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