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Evolutionary ecology Department (ECOEVO)

ECOEVO organization chart (French) Where is located the department ? Jussieu campus ☛, Bondy ☛ and Créteil ☛.


The three research teams of the department of Evolutionary ecology study the ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of individual phenotypic variability. Studies focus on behaviour, physiology, morphology, and life history traits.
The teams undertake experimental and theoretical studies using a variety of animal models (birds, lizards, social insects, springtails, etc.).

The researches carried out at the department of Evolutionary ecology focus on phenotypic and evolutionary adaptations to global changes and the physiological processes involved (ecophysiology), including the developmental processes that constrain the range of possible phenotypes (eco-evo-devo). Works investigate the epigenetic bases of phenotypic variation and of ageing in an evolutionary perspective, dispersal, evolutionary mechanisms maintaining colour polymorphism (effects of melanin in immune defences), maternal effects, sexual selection, and social interactions (cooperation and social conflicts).

The research teams of the department of Evolutionary ecology are particularly involved in two of the transversal research axes within the Institute (Urban ecology, led by Julien GASPARINI, and Evolution and systems functioning).

An important part of the experimental works of the department is carried out at CEREEP field station near Paris (led by Jean-François LE GALLIARD).

Thibaud MONNIN, CNRS Research Director, ECOEVO department manager