Laetitia Marechal


2011: Ph.D. student, Roehampton University, U.K.

2009 – 2010: MRes of Primatology (Distinction), Roehampton University, U.K.  

2005 – 2006: M.Sc. Applied Ecology and Ethology (Distinction), University of St Etienne, France

2004 – 2005: Master 1 Populations Biology (Merit), University of Tours, France

2003 – 2004: Licence in Biology (B.Sc. equivalent), University of Poitiers, France


Research interests

I have a broad interest in the socio-ecology, endocrinology, genetics and conservation of primates, with a particular interest in their application to the protection of wildlife.



Maréchal L., Genty E. and Roeder J.J. (2010) Recognition of faces of known individuals in two lemur species (Eulemur fulvus and E. macaco). Animal Behaviour, 79: 1157-1163. 

Maréchal, L. (2007) Four articles on project Flavifrons:; rubrique verte ; monaco ; Act for Nature.


Conference proceedings and talks

2006: Conference for the French Society of Primatology (SFDP). Presentation of the study’s results: Visual recognition in two sub-species of Lemurs: E. fulvus fulvus and E. macaco macaco.



2006: Grants awarded for Flavifrons project: 1) Défi jeunes (€4000), 2) Act for Nature (€1500), 3) Private sponsors (€1000).



In addition to a Master in Applied Ecology and Ethology, and a B.Sc. in Biology, I have acquired a range of research experience in order to develop a career in this field. I have accomplished an independent project on the preliminary development of a vocal ethogram of the Flavifrons lemur (Eulemur macaco flavifrons), in Madagascar. Furthermore, I was a research assistant for a PhD project on the study of the socio-ecology of Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus), in Morocco. My work involved the habituation and identification of a group of macaques, as well as the collection of ethological and ecological data.

Recently, I have completed an MRes of Primatology at Roehampton University, included a field and laboratory based research dissertation on tourism effects on behaviour and physiological stress levels of wild male Barbary macaques in Morocco.