Home > Research at ISEM > Research departments & teams > Paleontology team

Paleontology team

Extant biodiversity results from a long evolutionary history interspersed by brief and repeated diversification (adaptive radiation) and extinction (crises) events. The study of the fossil record enables us to relate biodiversity dynamics to their palaeogeographic and palaeoenvironmetal contexts, especially regarding long-term environmental changes. By combining phylogeny, paleodiversity, paleoecology, morphology, and morphofunctional approaches, paleontological data provide unique insights into events that influenced the evolution of past ecosystems and how these ecosystems responded to global disturbances. The palaeontology team addresses these questions from the paleocommunity to the macroevolutionary scale. Our research is based on extensive fieldwork across the globe (Southern Europe, Andes-Amazonia-Caribbean, Maghreb, Middle East, West Africa and SE Asia). We focus on the impact of global changes on the evolution of the structure and composition of continental and marine vertebrate communities, and on the conditions that led to modern fauna.

Coordination :
Researcher

Members

Sylvain Adnet

Lecturer

Pierre-Olivier Antoine

Professor

Alexandre Assemat

PhD student

Hélène Bourget

Short-term technician

Henri Cappetta

Emeritus researcher

Anne-Lise Charruault

Research assistant AI

Léa Da Cunha

PhD student

Raimund Feist

Emeritus researcher

Killian Gernelle

PhD student

Catherine Girard

Junior researcher

Guillaume Guinot

Lecturer

Manon Hullot

PhD student

Renaud Lebrun

Advanced research assistant IR

Fabrice Lihoreau

Lecturer

Raquel López-Antoñanzas

Researcher

Laurent Marivaux

Researcher

Jacob Maugoust

PhD student

Mehdi Mouana

Short-term technician

Maëva Orliac

Researcher

Narla Stutz

PhD student

Rodolphe Tabuce

Researcher

Julia Tejada

Postdoctoral fellow

Monique Vianey-Liaud

Emeritus professor

Romain Weppe

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.