Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier

The Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier (ISEM) is a research institution focusing on biodiversity origins, dynamics and the associated evolutionary mechanisms and processes.
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Research at ISEM

Field, experimental and theoretical research on fundamental evolutionary biology issues concerns both current and past biodiversity, while encompassing a broad range of organisms and environments. This fundamental research dovetails with applied and predictive research on a major 21st century scientific and social issue in interaction with the humanities, medicine and society – to what extent is biodiversity able to cope with global change?

Science for all

Are you interested in biological evolution and ecology but not a specialist? Here you will find podcasts, films, videos, books and events that discuss our research and how it relates to current scientific and social issues such as the biodiversity crisis, human medicine, animal health and climate change.

Latest news

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Fabien Codamine and Guillaume Guinot
Decline of dinosaurs under way long before asteroid fell
CNRS, June 2021

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an article by Michel Raymond  (AE)
Empathy and compassion toward other species decrease with evolutionary divergence time
Scientific Reports, Dec. 2019

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an article by Pierre Boursot (S&S)
The Legacy of Recurrent Introgression during the Radiation of Hares

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an article by Frédérique Viard (BEM)
High‐throughput sequencing on preservative ethanol is effective at jointly examining infraspecific and taxonomic diversity, although bioinformatics pipelines do not perform equally
Ecology and Evolution, March 2021

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Rachid Cheddadi
Fossil pollen reveals Sahara’s climate history
Rieko Kawabata for Nature Middle East, June 2021

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Sonia Kéfi and Vincent Miele (LBBE) have created a brilliant educational video about biodiversity to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity 2021, Biodiversity: all different but all linked to each other!
May 2021

Next events

27/09/2021 at 11:30 am

Monday Webinar

A seminar by Jeanne Tonnabel |Evolution and demography team | Change department
The scope for post-mating sexual selection in plants

An article by Nicolas Leurs | Macroevolution and Development team |Genφ department
Evolution of Matrix Gla and Bone Gla Protein Genes in Jawed Vertebrates (doi)

30/09/2021 at 2 pm

PhD thesis defence

Manon Hullot
Dental microwear texture analyses and enamel hypoplasias in extant and fossil Rhinocerotidae (Mammalia, Perissodactyla): palebiologic and paleoecologic inferences

One of ISEM's primary missions is to train future generations of researchers, teachers and experts in evolutionary biology, ecology and biodiversity sciences.

Education & training

Check out the thesis topics offered at ISEM for the 2021 doctoral school competition

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The Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier (ISEM – University of Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, EPHE, CIRAD, INRAP) has been focusing research on biodiversity origins and dynamics and the associated evolutionary mechanisms.