Kobe Martin
PhD Candidate
Field of Research: 
Acoustic behavioural ecology
Contact details:
Level 5 West
Biological Sciences South (E26)

UNSW, Kensington 2052

Rethinking the evolution of acoustic signals in mammals

The evolutionary development of the acoustic communication of mammals is poorly understood on a macroecology level, with any comparison studies limited to terrestrial species. My work includes aquatic mammal species to investigate the changes effected by the move from the land to the water. I look at the influence of different drivers (body mass, environment, sociality and diet) and reflect on which of these has the most impact.

I am also interested in the impact that being reared in captivity has on the vocal communication of mammals, and whether they differ from their wild counterparts. With release programs increasingly relying on captive-reared animals, it is important to ensure that their behaviours are as similar to the wild populations as possible to increase the success of such programs. I am working with various zoos and community groups to obtain acoustic data on a number of native species to gain insight into the influence of captivity on their vocal repertoire and characteristics.


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Supervisor: Professor Tracey Rogers

Secondary supervisor: Associate Profesor Lisa Schwanz



Martin, K., Tucker, M., Rogers, T.L. (2017). Does size matter? Examining the drivers of mammalian vocalisations. Evolution, 71(2), 249-260.

Lucke, K., Van Dun, B., Gardner-Berry, K., Carter, L., Martin, K., Rogers, T. L., & Tripovich, J. S. (2016). Click-Evoked Auditory Brainstem Responses in an Australian Sea Lion (Neophoca cinerea). , (2), 210.