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

Léa Beaumelle (Postdoctoral fellow)

Léa is working on warming-induced changes of aboveground & belowground communities, their interactions and their consequences on ecosystem functions. Supervised with Lucie Zinger.

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. Personal website

Emma Fromm (PhD student)

Emma is working on the changes of diversity in lizards’ gut with climatic conditions over time, the underlying evolutionary drivers (fluctuating selection and plasticity) and ecological drivers (mating, feeding, buddying), as well as the cosnequences of these changes on lizards adaptation and community dynamics in warmer climates. Supervised with Lucie Zinger.

Nicolas Mouret (PhD student)

Nicolas will work on climate-induced changes of behavioral variation among individuals, their ontogeny and senescence of common lizards and invertebrate prey species at different trophic levels. Supervisqed with Elvire Bestion and Mathieu Paquet.

Lucie Di Gesu (Study Engineer)

Lucie is managing the sampling of invertebrates, plants and soil communities for the climate warming experiment (i.e. ERC project) and also help me in managing and coordinating the different tasks fo the project.

Jehan Cribellier (Study Engineer)

Jehan helps us in our warming experiments for capturing, rearing, phenotyping (thermal traits, coloration, behaviors, microbiota, morphology…), and genotyping lizards.

Current collaborators

Lucie Zinger  (

Delphine Legrand (

Elvire Bestion (

Jean-François Le Galliard (

Staffan Jacob (

Simon Blanchet (

Murielle Richard

Joël White (

Robin Aguilée (

Sandrine Meylan (

Pierre de Villemereuil (

The Dispnet team  (

Emanuel Fronhofer  (

Dries Bonte  (

Jean Clobert (


Lucie Di Gesu (Project Manager)

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

Elodie Darnet (Study Engineer)

Elodie helped 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.

Léa Dasque (Master student)

Léa worked, under Luis’ supervision, on the influences of warmer climates on lizards and newts gene expressions and how it could explain thermal phenotypic changes and acclimation.

Marine Güell (Master student)

Marine worked on the influences of conspecific densities in maternal population on offspring phenotype at birth and throughout their lifetime. Supervised by Mathieu Paquet, Elvire Bestion and me.

Bénédicte Lalot (Technician)

Bénédicte is helping us in preparing soil and plants samples from the Metatron mesocosms before stoichometry analyses.

Anne-Sophie Benoiston

(Research Engineer)

Anne-Sophie was 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 was also help organizing the measure of soil main functions this year. She will now start a new jow at the department as a bioinformatic engineer!

Laurane Winandy (Postdoctoral fellow)

From 2019 to 2021, she was working on plastic and evolutionary responses of newts to our long-term warming experiments. She is now working on her FNRS project, while working on her upcoming articles. Personal web.

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. After working with Gabriel Yvon-Durocher and Josée Montoya, she now has a CNRS position at the SETE department. 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

Lucie Di Gesu (Master student)

As a master student, Lucie worked on the impact of climate treatments on microbial diversitry in the lizards gut.

Supervised with J. White

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.

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

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

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