Department of Psychology


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Dr Jerome Micheletta

  • Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: King Henry Building, King Henry 1st Street, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6330
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  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


I am a member of the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology and the Macaque Cognition 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.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on the undergraduate degree programmes for BSc Psychology and BSc Forensic Psychology.  I contribute to several units including Evolutionary Psychology, Animal Behaviour, Personality and Individual Differences, Language and Communication and Psychology of Everyday Life. I also supervise undergraduate dissertations on comparative and evolutionary psychology, social cognition, and primate behaviour. 


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.  


Macaca Nigra Project

Marwell Wildlife


Research profile

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