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 and PhD projects, he worked on  the impact of phenotype- and context-dependent dispersal on climate-dependent population dynamics, evolutionary responses and range shifts using 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 the last few years, she was successively a master student working microbiota diversity and a study engineer working on our experiments about climate change and fragmentation in the metatron. She now works again on the climate change experiments for which she will co-manage the different research tasks of the ERC project, supervise the coordination between sampling analyses and more generally help in managing the current funding.


Lucie Di Gesu (Project Manager)

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 May 2019, she is working on the ERC project and more specifically on plastic and evolutionary responses of common lizards to our long-term warming experiments. Aside from running intensively our main experimental tasks, she will examine first behavioral modifications induced by a 2°C warmer climate. Personal website



Laurane Winandy (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Jordi Salmona

Current collaborators


Dr. Delphine Legrand (

Dr. Elvire Bestion (

Dr. Simon Blanchet (

Dr. Joël White (

Dr. Lucie Zinger  (

Dr. Murielle Richard

Dr. Staffan Jacob (

Dr. Tomas Brodin (

Prof. Andy Sih (

Dr. Christophe Eizaguirre (

Prof. Hervé Philippe (

Dr. Robin Aguilée (


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)


Elodie joined the team this year to help Laurane, Lucie and I in our warming experiments, meaning the usual spring/summer schedule: capturing (lizards), rearing, phenotyping (thermal traits, coloration, behaviors, microbiota, morphology...), genotyping, releasing, monitoring, recapturing and so on.

Elodie Darnet (Study Engineer)