Elvire Bestion (PhD student)

Current People

Julien Cote

Aimeric Teyssier (Master student)


Tristan Juette (Master student)



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

Julien Cote

Félix Pellerin (PhD student)

Allan Raffard (Master student)

Lucie Di Gesu (Project Manager)

Lieven Therry (Postdoctoral Fellow)


Nicolas Canto (Study Engineer)

Jordi Salmona (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Laurane Winandy (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Jordi Salmona

Current collaborators


Dr. Delphine Legrand (https://sites.google.com/site/delphinelegrandresearch/home)

Dr. Elvire Bestion (http://elvirebestion.weebly.com/)

Dr. Simon Blanchet (http://simonblanchet.weebly.com/)

Dr. Joël White (http://www.enfa.fr/recherche/laboratoires/laboratoire-ecologie-et-diversite-biologique/joel-white/)

Dr. Lucie Zinger  (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lucie_Zinger)

Dr. Murielle Richard

Dr. Staffan Jacob (https://jacobstaffan.wordpress.com/)

Dr. Tomas Brodin (http://www.emg.umu.se/english/about-the-department/staff/?uid=tobr0001&guise=anst2)

Prof. Andy Sih (https://sihlab.wordpress.com/)

Dr. Christophe Eizaguirre (https://sites.google.com/site/christopheeizaguirre/home)

Prof. Hervé Philippe (http://www.cbtm-moulis.com/m-176-herve-philippe.html)

Dr. Robin Aguilée (https://sites.google.com/site/robinaguilee/)


Alexandre Vong (Master student)

Elodie Darnet (Study Engineer)


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




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.

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

Email: felix.pellerin@univ-tlse3.fr

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


Email: e.bestion@outlook.com


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).

He studied the range-expanding dragonfly Crocothemis erythraea for a  Biodiversa project Probis (http://biodiversa-probis.weebly.com/). 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


Email: Lieven.THERRY@sete.cnrs.fr

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

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

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

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.

Email: tristanjuette@hotmail.com

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




Clément Potier (Master student)

For his master project, Clément worked on the the genomic footprints of selection in response to climate change using an experimental approach  (Félix’s experiment)and SNPs.


Supervised with S. Blanchet and J. Salmona

Luis-Martin San Jose (Research Engineer)


Luis is analysing our genomic (DNA-seq & RNA-seq ) and phenotypic databasis to study 1) the genetic determinants of dispersal and dispersal color syndromes and 2) the molecular basis of adaptation to climated change. Personal website


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.