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

... in newspapers

Guillaume Guinot (PAL) Sharks fared better than other species during the fifth mass extinction
Le monde, Feb. 2023

… on the web

Rachid Cheddadi (ExEn)
Lebanon’s Climate Is Becoming Less Conducive to Olive Growing
Olive Oil Times, Feb. 2023

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an article by Vasilis Dakos (BioDicée)
Prevalence and Drivers of Abrupt Vegetation Shifts in Global Drylands
PNAS, Oct. 2022

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an article by Carole Smadja (S&S)
Divergence of olfactory receptors associated with the evolution of assortative mating and reproductive isolation in mice
PCjournal, Nov. 2022

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an article by Giacomo Zilio (EEC)
Travelling with a parasite: the evolution of resistance and dispersal syndromes during experimental range expansion
The Royal Society, Jan. 2023

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Sergio Xavier (DEEP)
Changes in fire activity and biodiversity in a Northeast Brazilian Cerrado over the last 800 years”. Anthropocene, 40
Anthropocene, Volume 40, Dec 2022

Next events

13/03/2023 at 11:30 am

Monday webinar

A présentation by Marie-Pierre Ledru |Dynamique des Ecosystèmes, Ecologie des Perturbations, Paléoclimats |Past dept.
Connections between the Amazonian and Atlantic forests during the Quaternary: old assumptions and new advances

An article by Jean-François Agnèse |Fish evolution team |Genφ dept.
First and southern-most records of the American blue crab Callinectes sapidus Rathbun, 1896 (Decapoda, Portunidae) on the African Atlantic coast

10/03/2023 at 2 pm

PhD thesis defence

Alice Namias
Evolution of cytoplasmic incompatibility mechanisms in Wolbachia infecting the mosquito Culex pipiens

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 2022 doctoral school competition

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