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Sébastien Puechmaille

Lecturer
Université de Montpellier

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Work interests

My research is founded on an integrative approach combining molecular, morphological, ecological and behavioural data with modelling techniques. My work ranges from:

  • elucidating the proximate and ultimate causes of speciation and the interplay between natural and sexual selection
  • studies on species distributions and population dynamics (e.g. range shifts/contractions/expansions)
  • predictions about the impact that current/future change (e.g. climate change, invasive species, habitat change) will have on species ranges, genetic diversity, connectivity between populations and diseases
  • studies on host-pathogen interactions with particular attention to pathogen’s reservoirs, modes of infection, and transmission and their impact on host fitness

Over the last decade, I have extensively (and still do) studied the White-Nose Disease, an emerging infectious disease caused by a fungus and affecting bats. I focus as much on the bat part as on the fungi part.

Keywords :

Genetics – Chiroptera – Speciation – Population structure – Host-pathogen

Additional roles and responsibilities :

– Associate Editor for Acta Chiropterologica (since 2011), Frontiers in Genetics (since 2014) and Recommender of PCI Evol Biol (since 2017)
– Grant reviewer for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC, UK), the National Research Foundation (NRF, South-Africa), the Czech Science Foundation (GACR, Czech Republic), the National Geographic Society
– Member of two working groups (Diagnostics & Epidemiology, Etiology, and Ecological Research) for the US White-Nose Syndrome National Plan (since 2010)
– Member of two Commissions for the French National Action Plan for Bats (Data collection and analyses for mass mortality events & management of samples for scientific purposes, SFEPM, France) (since 2012)
– Member of the Steering Committee for the Bat1k, an initiative to sequence the genomes of all living bat species, approximately 1400 species in total (https://bat1k.ucd.ie/)
– Founder and leader of the White-Nose Syndrome Consortium

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.