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 Alexandre Assemat (PAL)
Shape diversity in conodont elements, a quantitative study using 3D topography

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an article by Julien Claude (MaD)
A new Miocene and Pleistocene continental locality from Nakhon Ratchasima in Northeastern Thailand and its importance for vertebrate biogeography

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Sophie Charrasse (EVAS)
Quantitative assessment of mitochondrial morphology relevant for studies on cellular health and environmental toxicity
Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, Nov. 2023


Claire Berticat (AE)
People who eat breakfast high in refined carbs rated less attractive, study finds
The Guardian, March 2024

Jussieu 2023 prize

The Jussieu 2023 prize was awarded to the article “How much do we know and how much do we care about genetic diversity of threatened plants ? A case study from the French flora” by Juliette Ducrettet, Sandrine Maurice et Eric Imbert
Botany Letters, Feb. 2024  (doi)

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an article by Marine Combe (AQUABIOS)
What about Current Diversity of Mycolactone-Producing-Mycobacteria? Implication for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Buruli ulcer
Int. J. Mol. Sci. Sept. 2023

Next events

22/04/2024 at 11h30 am

PhD thesis defence

Adèle Erlichman
Development of new eco-evolutionary models to assess the demographic impacts of assisted gene flow in the context of climate change

22/04/2024 at 11h30 am

Monday webinar

ISEM Ecological Transition Group / Benoit Nabholz

Proposed actions to reduce our eCO2 emissions

A seminar by Claudia Bomarito |Aquaculture, biodiversity, health team |BioSS dept.
Effects of seasonality and land use on the biodiversity of aquatic communities in French Guiana

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

ISEM offers research internships and PhD theses throughout the year