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Benoit Nabholz

University of Montpellier

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I’m an evolutionary biologist who uses bioinformatics tools to understand evolution at the molecular level.
Currently, my work focuses on several questions:
1) What is the impact of non-adaptive forces on molecular evolution? I am interested in the impact of genetic drift on the adaptive capacities of animals evolving in small populations. In particular, I study the influence of population size variations on the evolution of genome size (ANR NeGA).
2) What are the molecular traces of adaptation? As part of collaborative projects, I am interested in adaptation at the molecular level in the acquisition of myrmecophagy in mammals (ERC ConvergeAnt) and in the change of host plants in butterflies (ERC GAIA).
3) I am also interested in the diversity and conservation of insect pollinators and orthopterans of the French fauna.

Keywords :

Molecular evolution – Genetic drift – Natural selection – Animals

Responsabilities :

– Coordinator of the Phylogeny and Molecular Evolution team at ISEM
– Junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)