• BDIV Research Centre, University of Louvain-la-Neuve, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  • Evolutionary Ecology, Other, Sexual Selection
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2001: Master in Biology at University of Liège (Belgium)

2005: PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the Institute of Science of Evolution at University of Montpellier (ISEM) and at the Centre for Management of Populations (CBGP) in Montpellier (France), together with the University of Liège (Belgium). Topic: Comparative phylogeography of a rodent and one of its nematode parasite.

2005-2008: Postdoctoral research in Evolutionary Ecology, at the Institute of Biology at Leiden University (the Netherlands). Topic: Role of male sex pheromone of the butterfly Bicyclus anynana in mate choice and sexual selection. Funded by a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship.

From Sep 2008: Professor in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. My research group is named “Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics” and I teach also from 2nd year Bachelor to 2nd year Master to students in Biology.

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Insects and incest: sib-mating tolerance in natural populations of a parasitoid wasp
Marie Collet, Isabelle Amat, Sandrine Sauzet, Alexandra Auguste, Xavier Fauvergue, Laurence Mouton, Emmanuel Desouhant

Recommended by Caroline Nieberding and Bertanne Visser based on reviews by 2 anonymous reviewers
Incestuous insects in nature despite occasional fitness costs

Inbreeding, or mating between relatives, generally lowers fitness [1]. Mating between genetically similar individuals can result in higher levels of homozygosity and consequently a higher frequency with which recessive disease alleles may be expressed within a population. Reduced fitness as a consequence of inbreeding, or inbreeding depression, can vary between individuals, sexes, populations and species [2], but remains a pervasive challenge for many organisms with small local population sizes,...

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Associative Mechanisms Allow for Social Learning and Cultural Transmission of String Pulling in an Insect
Alem S, Perry CJ, Zhu X, Loukola OJ, Ingraham T, Søvik E, Chittka L

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Culture in Bumblebees

This is an original paper [1] addressing the question whether cultural transmission occurs in insects and studying the mechanisms of such transmission. Often, culture-like phenomena require relatively sophisticated learning mechanisms, for example imitation and/or teaching. In insects, seemingly complex processes of social information acquisition, can sometimes instead be mediated by relatively simple learning mechanisms suggesting that cultural processes may not necessarily require sophisticate...


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