Jerome Micheletta
  • King Henry I Street, King Henry Building

    PO1 2DY Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Using NetFACS to study facial expressions in macaques; Multimodal communication; Human-animal conflicts around Tangkoko Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi; Anthropogenic impact on crested macaque behaviour.

Personal profile


I am a member of the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology and co-director of the Macaca Nigra Project. I completed my PhD in 2012 working on the link between crested macaques’ communication and their social system (with Bridget Waller and Antje Engelhardt). I obtained my Masters in Eco-physiology and Ethology at the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg (France) in 2007 and studied Zoology as an undergraduate at the Henry Poincare University of Nancy (France). Before joining the University of Portsmouth, I worked as a Field Assistant for the Macaca Nigra Project, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Research Interests

My research focuses on the evolution of social communication. I am particularly interested in the link between social complexity and communication complexity. I mostly study the communication system of the socially tolerant and understudied crested macaque (Macaca nigra), combining observations of wild animals and cognitive experiment with captive populations.

I am currently leading the NetFACS project, which is funded by the Leverhulme Trust. In this project, we combine the Facial Action Coding System (an anatomically-based system designed to break-down facial expressions into their most basic observable units, the contraction of individual facial muscles) with Social Network Analysis (a method to measure relationships between units in a system) to develop a novel framework to study communication via the face: NetFACS. In this framework, facial expressions will be conceptualised as a network of facial muscles, interacting to produce communication. This method will take into account the dynamic nature of facial expressions and therefore, better reflect its complexity.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the undergraduate degree programmes for BSc Psychology and BSc Forensic Psychology. I coordinate the Research Project module for the MRes Science, and the Animal Behaviour module for the BSc Psychology. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations related to comparative and evolutionary psychology, social cognition, and primate behaviour.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Social communication in crested macaques, University of Portsmouth


Award Date: 12 Dec 2012

MSc, Ecophysiology and Ethology - Research Project: Delay maintenance in long-tailed and Tonkean macaques, Université de Strasbourg


Award Date: 14 Jul 2007

BSc (Hons), Université de Lorraine


Award Date: 14 Jul 2005


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