Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier

In 2021, ISEM celebrates its 40th anniversary !

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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an article by Melissa Barkat‑Defradas (AE)
Speech Acoustic Features: A Comparison of Gay Men, Heterosexual Men, and Heterosexual Women
Arch Sex Behav, Mach 2020

CNRS bronze medal

Fabien Condamine was awarded CNRS bronze medal

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an article by Fabrice Lihoreau ‘PAL’
A fossil terrestrial fauna from Tobène (Senegal) provides a unique early Pliocene window in western Africa
Gondwana Research, Nov. 2021

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an article by Clément Aubert ‘EVAS’
Evaluation of the use of drones to monitor a diverse crocodylian assemblage in West Africa
Wildlife Research, Oct. 2020

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an article by Jean-François Agnèse (EPoiss)
The discovery of Coptodon guineensis (Günther, 1862) (Perciformes, Cichlidae) in the Moulay Bousselham lagoon extends the species’ range 1000 km northward in Morocco
Check List, Oct. 2021

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an article by Lucie Chabal (DBA)
Reconstructing the heterogeneity of past woodlands in anthracology using the spatial distribution of charcoals in archaeological layers: applied to the postglacial occupation of the Abeurador cave (Hérault) in the south of France
Quat. Int., August 2021

Next events

10/12/2021 at 11h am

PhD thesis defence

Jacob Maugoust
Evolution of endocranial structures in bats (Mammalia, Chiroptera), insights from fossil taxa

10/12/2021 at 13h30 pm

PhD thesis defence

Maurine Hammel
Biology, ecology and evolution of the MtrBTN2 transmissible cancer of Mytilus sp. Mussels

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.