• UMR CBGP, INRAE, Montpellier, France
  • Adaptation, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Hybridization / Introgression, Phylogeography & Biogeography, Population Genetics / Genomics, Reproduction and Sex, Speciation
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I am a population geneticist. I use simulations to understand evolutionary processes and make inferences from data (using approximate Bayesian computation). My recent work focuses on the analysis of temporal data for joint inference of demographic and selection parameters at the genome level. Temporal data allow to focus on the estimation of evolutionary parameters in the recent past, which may be more relevant to understand the present and predict the evolutionary outcome of populations facing environmental change.

2019– Researcher. Human Evolution, Evolutionary Biology Center, Uppsala University (Sweden)

2009– Researcher. INRA-UMR Centre de Biologie et de Gestion des Populations (Montpellier, France)

2007–2009 Postdoc. CNRS-UMR Écologie et Évolution (Paris, France)

2006–2007 Visiting researcher. Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)

2006 Postdoc. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid & Centro de Investigación Forestal-INIA (Spain)

2001–2006 PhD Degree in Biological Sciences. University of East Anglia (UK)

1996–2001 Licenciatura en Ciencias Biológicas. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

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Phylogenomic approaches reveal how a climatic inversion and glacial refugia shape patterns of diversity in an African rain forest tree species
Andrew J. Helmstetter, Biowa E. N. Amoussou, Kevin Bethune, Narcisse G. Kandem, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, Bonaventure Sonké, Thomas L. P. Couvreur

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Tropical biodiversity is immense, under enormous threat, and yet still poorly understood. Global climatic breakdown and habitat destruction are impacting on and removing this diversity before we can understand how the biota responds to such changes, or even fully appreciate what we are losing [1]. This is particularly the case for woody shrubs and trees [2] and for the flora of tropical Africa [3].  

Helmstetter et al. [4] have taken a significant step to improve our understanding of Afr...