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.
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Latest news

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an article by Walter Finsinger (DEEP)
Change? What Change? Putting rates of palaeoecological change into context can inform ecosystem restoration
Biogeosciences, Apr. 2024

ESEB Distinguished Fellow talk

Ophélie Ronce will discuss Evolutionary Potential in Structured Populations
Virtual conference ESEB Juin 2024

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an article by Nelly Godefroy (BEM)
A comparative ultrastructure study of the tardigrade Ramazzottius varieornatus in the hydrated state, after desiccation and during the process of rehydration
PLOS ONE, Juin 2024

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an article by Andrew Helmstetter
 (EvoDemo)
David versus Goliath: Early career researchers in an unethical publishing system
Ecology Letters, March 2024

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an article by Nicolas Bierne (BEM)
Citizen science approach for genetic species identification in a local French seafood speciality
International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, March 2024

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

Next events

05/07/2024 at 2pm

Habilitation thesis defence

Guillaume Guinot
Diversity dynamics of Mesozoic elasmobranchs

24/06/2024 at 11h30 am

Monday seminar

A seminar by Christophe Boëte |Evolution, vectors, adaptations, symbiosis team |BioSS dept
Tripartite interactions between Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, densovirus and the predatory mosquitoes Toxorhynchites brevipalpis: Impact of the AalDV2 infection on the behaviour of Aedes albopictus larvae, predation and movement ecology

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