She focused on the impacts of climate change on the common lizard Zootoca vivipara, both at the population level – impact of temperature on lizard population and metapopulation dynamics and persistence – and at the individual level – how individual phenotype plays a role in adaptation to climatic conditions. She has now a postdoctoral position at Exeter University with Gabriel Yvon-Durocher. More details



Elvire Bestion (PhD student)

Current People

Julien Cote

He studied the role of animal personality types and predation risk on mate choice in common lizards. He is now a PhD students with Joël White and Luc Lens at Ghent University.  More details


Supervised with E. Bestion

Aimeric Teyssier (Master student)


He studied whether changes in population personality composition in a predatory species (i.e. largemouth bass) could affect populations, prey communities and ecosystem functioning using an experimental approach. He is now a PhD student with Denis Reale at UQAM.

Supervised with J. Cucherousset and S. Blanchet.


Tristan Juette (Master student)

Fia is sampling a dragonfly species (Crocothemis erythraea) recently spreading in Europe to measure phenotypic and genetic variation along an invasion gradient. This project is part of an European project Biodiversa that I co-supervise with Simon Blanchet and Jean Clobert.

Supervised with S. Blanchet


Fia Finn (Study Engineer)



I am a research associate (CNRS) at the department of Evolution & Diversité Biologique UMR5174, University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). CV

Julien Cote

For his master project, he worked on modelling the impact of phenotype- and context-dependent dispersal on climate-driven range shifts. For his PhD, he is tackling these questions merging  experimental and modeling approaches.

Supervised with Robin Aguilée and Elvire Bestion


Félix Pellerin (PhD student)

He worked on the role of inter-individual phenotypic variation on ecosystem functioning in crayfish. He is starting a PhD with S. Blanchet and J. Cucherousset.


Main supervisors: J. Cucherousset and A. Lecerf

Allan Raffard (Master student)

For her master project, she studied the microbiota diversity and its link to host traits (i.e. common lizards) conjointly in a context of climate warming.


For the last few years, she was a study engineer working on our experiments about climate change and fragmentation in the metatron, as well as on other projects with S. Blanchet and A. Raffard.


Lucie Di Gesu (Study Engineer)

He studied the range-expanding dragonfly Crocothemis erythraea for a  Biodiversa project Probis ( Te main aim is to identify changes in phenotypic traits along the expansion gradient, which will lead to a better understanding of the different stages of range expansion.

Supervised with S. Blanchet



Lieven Therry (Postdoctoral Fellow)


He was in charge of the Pseudorasbora parva sampling in the Garonne drainage, as well as the setting of experiments in this fish species. He also helped Lieven on the Dragonfly experiment.


Supervised with S. Blanchet

Nicolas Canto (Study Engineer)

He worked on the genomic footprints of selection in response to climate change using transcriptomic and SNPs approaches. This work involves many colleagues (E. Bestion, D. Legrand, S. Blanchet, M. Richard and others).

Jordi Salmona (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Since October 2016, she is working on the ontogeny and the molecular drivers of anti-predator behaviors using a multigeneration approach on a lizard species. This approach allows to study how anti-predator adaptations can be shaped by an information about risks transferred through 3 generations. Personal website


Supervised with D. Legrand

Laurane Winandy (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Jordi Salmona

Current collaborators


Dr. Delphine Legrand (

Dr. Elvire Bestion (

Dr. Simon Blanchet (

Dr. Joël White (

Dr. Lucie Zinger  (

Dr. Staffan Jacob (

Dr. Tomas Brodin (

Prof. Andy Sih (

Dr. Christophe Eizaguirre (

Prof. Hervé Philippe (

Dr. Robin Aguilée (

Dr. Murielle Richard

For his master project, Alexandre worked on the molecular basis of dispersal behavior by comparing sequence polyorphisms and gene expression between residents and dispersers of 12 species spanning on the animal kingdom.


Supervised with D. Legrand

Alexandre Vong (Master student)