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Marine biodiversity and evolution team

The Marine Biodiversity and Evolution team investigates the evolution of marine species in response to past and present environmental changes. The modification of natural habitats and anthropization induce new biotic and abiotic constraints to which species must adapt. Understanding these phenomena is an important challenge in the context of global erosion of marine biodiversity. Our research aims to understand the complex interplay between genetic, phenotypic and environmental variations involved in these adaptations. We are also interested in the interactions between species, particularly through the influence of hybridization on the evolutionary trajectories of species. Our research areas range from molecular and cellular ecophysiology to functional and association genomics, as well as population and community genomics. This integrative approach allows us to study the dynamics of evolutionary responses at the molecular and cellular scales, and the evolutionary forces involved in these changes. Our main research models include molluscs, sponges, tunicates and fish.

Members

Stephen Baghdiguian

Professor

Pierre Barry

PhD student

Nicolas Bierne

Senior researcher

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François Bonhomme

Emeritus researcher

Frédérique Cerqueira

Research assistant AI

Pierre-Alexandre Gagnaire

Researcher

Nelly Godefroy

Lecturer

Bruno Guinand

Lecturer

Babett Günther

Postdoctoral fellow

Maurine Hammel

PhD student

Émilie Le Goff

Research assistant IE

Laura Meyer

PhD student

Johan Pansu

Postdoctoral fellow

Marie Raynaud

PhD student

Alexis Simon

Postdoctoral fellow

Fanny Touchard

PhD student

Adrien Tran Lu Y

PhD student

Frédérique Viard

Senior researcher

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.