Entité de rattachement
UMR 7206 - Interactions primates et environnement (IPE)
Thème interdisciplinaire de recherche
Primate Conservation, Behavioural Ecology, Feeding Ecology, Socio-Ecology, Cognitive ecology
Primates, Great Apes, Wild Western Gorillas

Responsabilités dans l'unité

Responsable MNHN et CNRS de la communication de l'UMR 7206

Représentante des MC/CR de l'UMR 7206


Shelly Masi, primatologue | Les acteurs du musée-laboratoire

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Associate/Assistant Professor (Maître de conférences) at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) in Paris, France. My current research aims at undestanding the flexibility of foraging strategies and of the cognitive behaviour of great apes focusing on four main research lines : 1) animal nutritional and energetic needs, 2) feeding ecology and nutritional strategies in realtion to spatio-temporal availability of food, 3) health status and medicinal plant choice, 4) feeding traditions, social learning, feeding knowladge transmission and culture. My field work profits from the tight collaboration with the Aka pygmies, hunter-gathers, forest experts and gorilla trackers, for whom I had to learn the Central African language to be able to communicate and work together. A recent research line of mine includes studies on the Aka pygmies given their intriguing hunter-gather life style and their traditional use of forest plants for medicine and other usages. My research has been focussing mainly on the western gorillas, elusive and critically endangered species. However, I stongly believe that the comparative approch among species, including humans, and especially among disciplins, is the only way to fully address our research questions.


Therefore, today thanks to a large network of strong national and international collaborations, my reseach framework compares different primate species (inlcuding humans) integrating field, captive and experimental research with a multidisciplinary approch (e.g. socioecology, feeding ecology, cognition, spatial geography, health, conservation, physiology, botany, anthropôlogy, ethnology, genetic, neurocognition). Focusing on primates and particularly on our closest relatives, the great apes, the ultimate goal of my research is to shed light a) on resilience of endangered species to aid their conservation, and b) to the evolutionary roots of different aspects of human evolution (e.g. origin of food/plant selection, origin of culture, origin of skilled cognition, origin of future planning, origin of traditional medicin, origin of language and hand preference, origin of diseases).





Terrains de recherche



  • Auger Claire, Cipolletta Chloé, Todd Angelique, Fuh Terence, Sotto-Mayor Andrea, Pouydebat Emmanuelle & Masi Shelly, octobre 2023Feeling a bit peckish: Seasonal and opportunistic insectivory for wild gorillas. American Journal of Biological Anthropology vol. 182, n° 2, dir. {Wiley} p. 210-223
  • Masi Shelly, Pouydebat Emmanuelle, San-Galli Aurore, Meulman Ellen, Breuer Thomas, Reeves Jonathan & Tennie Claudio, décembre 2022Free hand hitting of stone-like objects in wild gorillas. Scientific Reports vol. 12, n° 1, dir. {Nature Publishing Group} p. 11981
  • Fuh Terence, Todd Angelique, Feistner Anna, Donati Giuseppe & Masi Shelly, décembre 2022Group differences in feeding and diet composition of wild western gorillas. Scientific Reports vol. 12, n° 1, dir. {Nature Publishing Group} p. 9569
  • Saa-Sita Dalley-Divin Kambale, Masi Shelly, Sawa-Sawa AiméeLorela Katungu, Kasolene Jean-Claude Kyungu & Mukulire JeanMalekani, octobre 2022Le régime alimentaire des Gorilles de plaine de l’Est, Gorilla beringei graueri et la pharmacopée humaine : Alimentation ou automédication ?. Revue de Primatologie , n° 13, dir. {Société francophone de primatologie (SFDP)}
  • Städele Veronika, Arandjelovic Mimi, Nixon Stuart, Bergl Richard, Bradley Brenda, Breuer Thomas, Cameron Kenneth, Guschanski Katerina, Head Josephine, Kyungu Jean, Masi Shelly, Morgan David, Reed Patricia, Robbins Martha, Sanz Crickette et al., mars 2022The complex Y-chromosomal history of gorillas. American Journal of Primatology vol. 84, n° 3, dir. {Wiley}
  • Robira Benjamin, Benhamou Simon, Masi Shelly, Llaurens Violaine & Riotte-Lambert Louise, septembre 2021Foraging efficiency in temporally predictable environments: is a long-term temporal memory really advantageous?. Royal Society Open Science vol. 8, n° 9, dir. {The Royal Society} p. 210809
  • Masi Shelly, Austerlitz Frédéric, Chabaud Chloé, Lafosse Sophie, Marchi Nina, Georges Myriam, Dessarps-freichey Françoise, Miglietta Silvia, Sotto-mayor Andrea, Galli Aurore San, Meulman Ellen, Pouydebat Emmanuelle, Krief Sabrina, Todd Angelique, Fuh Terence et al., juin 2021No evidence for female kin association, indications for extragroup paternity, and sex-biased dispersal patterns in wild western gorillas. Ecology and Evolution vol. 11, n° 12, dir. {Wiley Open Access} p. 7634-7646 Type: Journal Article
  • Miglietta Silvia, Sotto-mayor Andrea, Galli Aurore San, Meulman Ellen, Pouydebat Emmanuelle, Fuh Terence, Breuer Thomas, Bardino Giulia & Masi Shelly, juin 2021Absence of specific individuals and high food abundance elicit food calls in wild western gorillas. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology vol. 75, n° 6, dir. {Springer Verlag} p. 98
  • Costantini David, Masi Shelly, Rachid Lyna, Beltrame Marielle, Rohmer Mélanie & Krief Sabrina, mars 2021Mind the food: rapid changes in antioxidant content of diet affect oxidative status of chimpanzees. AJP - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology vol. 320, n° 5, dir. {American Physiological Society} R728-R734
  • Masi Shelly, Breuer Thomas & Herbinger Ilka, 2021« Les réalités du tourisme de vision des gorilles de plaines de l’Ouest. » in Aires protégées d’Afrique centrale – État 2020... , ,