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Benoit Nabholz

Lecturer
University of Montpellier

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Work interests

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 molecular evolution of bird populations evolving in small populations.
2) What are the determinants of variations in the rate of molecular evolution between species? In animals, the mechanisms explaining variations in neutral substitution rates remain debated.
3) What are the molecular footprint of adaptation? In collaborative projects, I am interested in adaptation at the molecular level in the acquisition of myrmecophagy in mammals (ERC ConvergeAnt) and in host plant shift in butterflies (ERC GAIA).

Keywords :

Molecular evolution – Genetic drift – Natural selection – Animals

Additional roles and responsibilities :

– Coordinator of the Phylogeny and Molecular Evolution team at ISEM

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.