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Evolution and demography team

The Evolution and demography team is interested in the interactions between evolution and population dynamics. We study how these interactions affect the evolution of life-history traits (dispersal, age at first reproduction, survival) and of traits involved in the reproductive biology of organisms (selfing, phenology, floral traits). Understanding how the evolution of these traits shape the dynamics and structure of populations, and in return how the latter shape the evolution of these traits, help to understand the evolution of reproductive systems, species ranges, or when evolution can prevent extinction. Our research informs applied questions about the management of resistance evolution, adaptation to global changes and conservation biology. These questions are explored through the development of theoretical models, inference methods from demographic and/or genetic data, experimental evolution and long-term surveys of natural populations. Our main study organisms are various species of flowering plants and microorganisms.

Coordination :
Senior researcher

Members

David Carbonell

Research assistant AI

Marie Challe

Short-term technical assistant

Céline Devaux

Lecturer

Marie-Ange Devillez

Technician

Juliette Ducrettet

PhD student

Adele Erlichman

PhD student

Élodie Flaven

Research assistant IE

Betty Gimenez

PhD student

Claire Godineau

PhD student

Éric Imbert

Lecturer

Guillaume Martin

Researcher

Sandrine Maurice

Lecturer

Agnès Mignot

Professor

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Denis Orcel

Technical assistant

Gwenaël Peltier

PhD student

Christophe Petit

Lecturer

François Rousset

Senior researcher

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Thimothée Virgoulay

PhD student

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.