Current members

Julien Cote (PI)

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

Lucie Di Gesu (Project Manager)

Lucie now co-manage the different research tasks of the climate warming experiment (i.e. ERC project), supervise the coordination between sampling analyses, the supervision of team members, manage the 10 years long database, help in the different tasks and in financial management.

Laurane Winandy (Postdoctoral fellow)

Since May 2019, she is working on plastic and evolutionary responses of newts to our long-term warming experiments as part of the ERC project. Personal website

Luis M San Jose (Postdoctoral fellow)

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 adaptation to warmer climates in the ERC project. Personal website

Elodie Darnet (Study Engineer)

Elodie helps us 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.

Anne-Sophie Benoiston (Research Engineer)

Anne-Sophie is running bioinformatic analyses on the belowground communities of microorganisms in the metatron. It will allow us to study the consequences of our warming experiments on community dynamics and belowground-aboveground interactions. She will also help organizing the measure of soil main functions this year.

Emma Fromm (Master student)

Emma is working on the changes of diversity in lizards’ gut with climatic conditions over time, thhe underlying (fluctuating) selection and phenotypic palsticity, as well as the cosnequences of these changes on lizards adaptation to warmer climates.

Current collaborators

Dr. Delphine Legrand (

Dr. Elvire Bestion (

Dr. Lucie Zinger  (

Dr. Simon Blanchet (

Dr. Joël White (

Dr. Murielle Richard

Dr. Staffan Jacob (

Dr. Tomas Brodin (

Prof. Andy Sih (

Dr. Christophe Eizaguirre (

Dr. Robin Aguilée (

The Dispnet team  (


Félix Pellerin (PhD student)

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

Elvire Bestion (PhD student)

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

Lieven Therry (Postdoctoral Fellow)

He studied the range-expanding dragonfly Crocothemis erythraea for a  Biodiversa project Probis ( The main objective was 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

Jordi Salmona (Postdoctoral Fellow)

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).

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

Alexandre Vong (Master student)

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

Allan Raffard (Master 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

Aimeric Teyssier (Master student)

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

Tristan Juette (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.

Nicolas Canto (Study Engineer)

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

Fia Finn (Study Engineer)

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.

Supervised with S. Blanchet

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