Scientific Committee

 

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Patricia Beldade
Evo-devo, Phenotypic plasticity, Evolutionary novelties, Evolutionary genetics

Department of Ecology and Biological Diversity, University of Toulouse, France

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

I am interested in the reciprocal interactions between developmental and evolutionary processes that shape patterns of (intra-specific) variation and (inter-species) diversity in phenotype. My work investigates the genetic and environmental basis of phenotypic variation, with special focus on insect models.

Pierre-Olivier Cheptou
Plant life history traits, Evolutionary ecology, Contemporary evolution

Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, Université Paul-Valery, EPHE, France

I am an empirical and theoretical plant evolutionary ecologist. My main interest is life history traits microevolution, more specifically dispersal and plant mating system.

Frédéric Delsuc
Phylogenomics, Molecular evolution , Evolutionary convergence

Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution CNRS - Université Montpellier - IRD – EPHE, France

Research interests: I am interested in the methodological aspects of phylogenetic inference and its application to reconstruct the evolutionary history of mammals and tunicates from genomic data. The ultimate goal of my research is to understand the genomic adaptations that underlie the evolution of morphological convergence.

Nicolas Galtier
Populations genomics , Molecular evolution, Bioinformatics

Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution CNRS - Université Montpellier - IRD – EPHE, France

I am interested in several aspects of molecular evolution. My long-term goal is to disentangle the effects of various evolutionary forces - selection, drift, mutation biases, biased gene conversion, gene flow - on comparative/population genomic patterns, and link these to species biology and ecology.

Andrea Graham
Host-parasite interactions, Virulence, Immunity

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Princeton University, USA

I am especially interested in the evolutionary causes and consequences of heterogeneity in host susceptibility to infectious and autoimmune diseases.

Mathew Leibold
Eco-evolutionary feedback, Evolution in metacommunities, Adaptive radiations

Department of Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA

I'm interested in the eco-evolutionary processes that regulate current diversity patterns in communities and their traits.  I'm especially interested in the spatial patterning in diversity that can arise from such eco-evolutionary feedbacks.

Thomas Lenormand
Adaptation, Evolutionary genetics, Population genetics

Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, Université Paul-Valery, EPHE, France

Research interests: My primary research interests are evolutionary and ecological genetics: I have been doing theoretical work on the evolution of genetic systems and the effect of mutations, and more recently on gene expression. On an empirical side, I have worked on a diversity of systems, mostly on experimental evolution, speciation, local adaptation and species interactions.

Fabrice Lihoreau
Paleobiology, Phylogeny, Comparative Anatomy

Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution CNRS - Université Montpellier - IRD – EPHE, France

My research focuses on mammal evolution (notably Cetartiodactyla) during the Cenozoic in relation with environmental changes. This research based on the fossil record, includes fossil prospections, anatomical studies, paleoecological investigations and, systematic and phylogenetic analyses.

Evolutionary genetics, Molecular ecology, Sex chromosomes

University College London, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, UK

I'm interested in how the genome responds to sexual selection and sexual conflict.

David Queller
Social evolution, Kinship, Mutualism

Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

I am interested in how selection acts on interactions among individuals, both within and between species.  I work particularly on social microbes, especially Dictyostelium, and am also interested in theoretical approaches.

Ophélie Ronce
Evolutionary ecology, Theory, Life history

Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution CNRS - Université Montpellier - IRD – EPHE, France

I am generally interested in interactions between evolutionary and demographic dynamics. These interactions are central to different research questions related to: the evolution of aging, the evolution of dispersal, local adaptation, ecological niches and species range. I study how spatial structure, disturbances and transient dynamics far from equilibrium affect adaptation of species to changing environments.

Sarah Samadi
Integrative taxonomy, Systematics, Population genetics

MNHN, Institut de systématique, Évolution, Biodiversité, France

The common background of all my scientific activities is the analysis of the conceptual grounds of systematics and evolutionary biology. My present empirical projects, on poorly known environments of the deep-sea, are developed in the framework of “Integrative Taxonomy”, in which methods in phylogenetics, population genetics and ecology are combined to provide insights into the origins of species diversity.

Carole Smadja
Speciation, Evolutionary genomics, Behavioural ecology

Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution CNRS - Université Montpellier - IRD – EPHE, France

My research addresses the mechanisms of speciation and adaptation, with a special focus on the factors favouring divergence in the presence of gene flow, the genomics of reproductive isolation and the role of behavioural divergence in speciation.

Céline Teplitsky
Quantitative genetics in wild populations, Phenotypic plasticity, Natural selection

Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS, Université de Montpellier, Université Paul-Valery, EPHE, France

I’m interested in adaptation in the context of global change, through rapid evolution or phenotypic plasticity. My current research focuses on evolutionary potential / constraints in wild populations, using quantitative genetics tools to analyze long-term studies in birds.