Paul Alibert


Associate professor in Evolutionary Biology

 (MCF Hors Classe, HDR)

UMR CNRS 5561 Biogéosciences
Université de Bourgogne, Bât. Gabriel

6, boulevard Gabriel, 21 000 DIJON
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Birth date: November, 16th 1968
Marital status: Married, 4 children

Citizenship: French (my children have dual nationality, French and German)



  • 2006 Habilitation
    Subject: "From microevolution to macroevolution: some insights from morphometrics" [PDF, in french, 10Mo]
  • 1992- 1995 PhD THESIS Université Montpellier II, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution.
    Thesis subject: "Genomic coadaptation and speciation in the house mouse model: morphometrical approach of the divergence and developmental stability" Supervisors: Pr. L. Thaler. & Dr. J.-C. Auffray. PhD fellowship: French ministry of Research
  • 1992 Master thesis work (DEA) in Ecology and Evolution. Université Montpellier II
  • 1988-1990 BSc in biology Université Montpellier II

Professionnal experience (research)

  • From September 2015 "Higher Education and Scientific Cooperation Attaché" in Munich, Germany (for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • August 2007- december 2008 Sabbatical year for research at the "Zoologische Staatssammlung München" in Munich (Germany), jointly granted by the CNRS (France) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany).
  • 2006 Habilitation
  • 2004-2010 Head of the national network "Morphometry and Shape Evolution" [GDR CNRS 2474 MEF web site]
  • 2003-2006 Head of the team "Differentiation and species" UMR CNRS 5561 Biogéosciences
  • 1997- Present ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Université de Bourgogne, UMR CNRS 5561 Biogéosciences
  • 1995-1996 LECTURER Université Montpellier II, UMR CNRS 5554 Evolutionary Sciences Institut


  • 2007 : "Alexander von Humboldt" fellowship for experencied researchers (12 +3 months) from the AvH foundation

Host : Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Munich Germany, Collaborator : Dr. rer. nat. Ulrich K. Schliewen
Subject : "Morphometric assessement of differentiation and speciation in riverine African cichlids"

  • 1997: E.U. Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, Norwich University, UK

Subject: Hybridisation and speciation: a morphological approach using geometric morphometrics and developmental stability on the grasshopper model.
Collaborator: Prof. G.M. Hewitt

  • 1997: "Alexander von Humboldt" postdoctoral fellowship, J. Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany,

Subject: Comparative analysis of the evolutionary trends in dental morphology among fossils and living herbivorous lineages.
Collaborator: Prof. Dr N. Schmidt-Kittler


I have declined both post-doctoral fellowships because of my recruitment as assistant professor in the Université de Bourgogne


  • 1996 : European Science Fundation fellows (EU) for the participation to the ESF Workshop: "Developmental stability, individual performance and population biology", Gilleleje, DANEMARK, Sept. 1996
  • 1992-1995: PhD fellowship: French ministry of Research




Research interests (1992-2015)

My research activities mainly focus on the study of population differentiation and speciation by the use of morphometric approaches. Initiated during the PhD, and largely developed since 1997 in the UMR Biogéosciences in Dijon, my research is structured around three main axes:

  • Axis 1- Morphometric quantification of the differentiation, links with the pattern of genetical differentiation and with the evolutionary history of the taxa considered.
  • Axis 2- Estimation of the impact of morphological differentiation on speciation by the study of developmental instability of hybrids between differentiating taxa.
  • Axis 3- Study of the mechanisms underlying developmental stability.

Model organisms are currently principally fishes (cichlids) but concerned also insects (carabid beetles, drosophila…), sea urchins (regulars and irregulars) and rodents.


Main results - selected publications

A) Articles in journals/contributions to books

Axis 1: Quantification of the differentiation


- Monna F., Camizuli E., Nedjai R., Cattin F., Petit, C. Guillaumet J.-P., Jouffroy-Bapicot I., Bohard B., Chateau C. & Alibert P. (2014) Tracking archaeological and historical mines using mineral prospectivity mapping. Journal of Archaeological Science 49 : 57-69


- Camizuli E., Monna F., Bermond A., Manouchehri N., Besançon S., Losno R., van Oort F., Labanowski J., Perreira A., Chateau C. & Alibert P. (2014) Impact of historical mining assessed in soils by kinetic extraction and lead isotopic ratios. Science of the Total Environment 472 : 425–436


- Cerwenka, A. F., Alibert, P. Brandner, J., Geist, J. & Schliewen, U. K. (2014) Phenotypic differentiation of Ponto-Caspian gobies during a contemporary invasion of the upper Danube River. Hydrobiologia, DOI 10.1007/s10750-013-1668-5.


- Firmat, C., Alibert, P., Losseau, M. Baroiller, J.-F. & Schliewen, U. K. (2013) Successive invasion-mediated interspecific hybridizations and population structure in the endangered cichlid Oreochromis mossambicus PLOS ONE, 8, (5) : e63880


- Monna, F., Jebrane, A,, Gabillot, M., Laffont, R., Specht, M., Bohard, B,; Camizuli, E., Petit, C., Chateau, C. &Alibert, P. (2013) Morphometry of Middle Bronze Age palstaves. Part II – Spatial distribution of shapes in two typological groups, implications for production and exportation. Journal of Archaeological Science40: 507-516.


- Firmat, C., Schliewen, U. K., Losseau M. & Alibert P. (2012) Body shape differentiation at global and local geographic scales in the invasive cichlid Oreochromis mossambicus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105 : 369–381.


- Firmat, C. & Alibert P. (2011) One more alien freshwater fish species in New Caledonia: the three-spot gourami Trichogaster trichopterus (Teleostei: Osphronemidae). Belgian Journal of Zoology 141 (2): 90-92.


- Laffont, R., Firmat, C., Alibert, P., David B., Montuire, S. & Saucède, T. (2011) Biodiversity and evolution in the light of morphometrics: From patterns to processes. C. R. Palevol 10 133–142


- Laffont, R, Renvoisé, E. Navarro, N., Alibert, P. & S. Montuire (2009) Morphological modularity and assessment of developmental processes within the vole dental row (Microtus arvalis, Arvicolinae, Rodentia). Evolution & Development : 11(3): 302-311


- Garnier, S., Magniez-Jannin, F., J.-Y. Rasplus & P. Alibert (2005) When morphometry meets genetics: inferring the phylogeography of Carabus solieri using Fourier analyses of pronotum and male genitalia. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18: 269-280. [PDF]


- Garnier, S., Alibert, P., Audiot, P., Prieur, B. & J.-Y. Rasplus (2004) Isolation by distance and sharp discontinuities in gene frequencies: implications for the phylogeography of an alpine insect species, Carabus solieri. Molecular Ecology 13: 1883-1897. [PDF]


- Terral, J.-F., Alonso, N., Buxo I Capdevilla, R., Chatti, N., Fabre, L., Fiorentino, G. Marinval, P., Perez-Jorda, G., Pradat, D., Rovira, N. & P. Alibert. (2004) Historical biogeography of olive domestication (Olea europea L.) as revealed by geometrical morphometry applied to biological and archaeological material. Journal of biogeography, 31(1): 63-77. [PDF]


- Bertin, A., David, B., Cézilly, F. & P. Alibert (2002) Quantification of sexual dimorphism in Asellus aquaticus (Crustacea: Isopoda) using outline approaches. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 77: 523-533. [PDF]


Alibert, P., B. Moureau, J.-L. Dommergues & B. David. (2001) Differentiation at a microgeographical scale within two species of ground beetles, Carabus auronitens and C. nemoralis (Coleoptera, Carabidae): a geometrical morphometric approach. Zoologica Scripta 30 (4): 299-311. [PDF]


- Lenormand, T., Fel-Clair, F., Manolakou, K., Alibert, P., & J. Britton-Davidian (1997) Centromeric transmission bias in laboratory hybrids between wild strains of the two European subspecies of house mice. Genetics 147(3), 1279-1287. [PDF]


- Auffray, J.-C., Alibert, P., Latieule, C. & B. Dod (1996) Relative warp analysis of skull shape changes across the house mouse (Mus musculus) hybrid zone in Europe. Journal of Zoology, London 240: 441-445. [PDF]



Axe 2: Impact of the differentiation

- Renaud, S.,  Alibert, P. & Auffray, J.-C. (2012) Modularity as a source of morphological innovation in the mandible of hybrid mice. BMC Evolutionary Biology12: 141 (1-16)


- Renaud, S., Alibert, P. & J.-C. Auffray (2009) Mandible shape in hybrid mice. Naturwissenschaften 96: 1043–1050


- Garnier, S., Gidaszweski, N., Charlot, M., Rasplus, J.-Y. & P. Alibert (2006)
Hybridization, developmental stability and functional significance of morphological traits in the carabid beetle Chrysocarabus solieri (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.89: 151-158 [PDF]


- Saucède, T., Alibert, P., Laurin, B. & B. David (2006) Environmental and ontogenetic constraints on developmental stability in the spatangoid sea urchin Echinocardium (Echinoidea). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 88: 165-177. [PDF]


Alibert, P. & J.-C. Auffray (2003).Genomic coadaptation, outbreeding depression and developmental instability. In Developmental instability: Causes and Consequences, Ed M. Polak, New York: Oxford University Press, 116-134. [PDF]


- Debat, V., Alibert P. , David, P., Paradis, E. & J.-C. Auffray (2000). Independence between developmental stability and canalization in the skull of the house mouse. Proceeding of the Royal Society of London. B, 267: 423-430. [PDF]


- Auffray, J.-C., Debat, V. & P. Alibert (1999). Shape asymmetry and developmental instability. In On Growth and Form: Spatio-temporal Patterning in Biology, Eds. M. Chaplain et al., London: John Wiley and Sons. pp. 309-324. [PDF]


- Alibert, P., Fel-Clair, F., Manolakou, K., Britton-Davidian, J. & J.-C. Auffray (1997) Developmental stability, fitness and trait size in laboratory hybrids between European subspecies of the house mouse. Evolution 51(4): 1284-1295. [PDF]


- Auffray, J.-C., Alibert, P., Renaud, S., Orth, A. & F. Bonhomme (1996) Fluctuating asymmetry in Mus musculus subspecific hybridization: Traditional and Procrustes comparative approach. In Advances in morphometrics, Eds. Corti, M., Loy, A. & Marcus, L.F., New York: Plenum Press, 275-283. [PDF]


- Britton-Davidian, J., Fel-Clair, F., Lopez, J., Alibert, P., & P. Boursot (2005) Postzygotic isolation between the two European subspecies of the house mouse: estimates from fertility patterns in wild and laboratory-bred hybrids. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 84: 379-393. [PDF]


- Ganem, G., Alibert, P. & J.B. Searle (1996) An ecological comparison between standard and chromosomally divergent house mice in northern Scotland. Zeitschrift für Saugertierkunde 61, 176-188.


- Alibert, P., Renaud, S., Dod, B., Bonhomme, F. & J.-C. Auffray (1994) Fluctuating asymmetry in the Mus musculus hybrid zone: a heterotic effect in disrupted co-adapted genomes. Proceeding of the Royal Society of London. B, 258: 53-59. [PDF]



 Axe 3: Mechanisms of developmental instability

- Savriama, Y., Stige, L., Gerber, S., Pérez, T., Alibert, P. & David, B. (in press) Impact of sewage pollution on two species of sea urchins in the Mediterranean Sea (Cortiou, France): Radial asymmetry as a bioindicator of stress Ecological Indicators


- Camizuli E., Monna F., Scheifler, R., Amiotte-Suchet, P., Losno, R., Beis, P., Bohard, B., Chateau, C. & Alibert, P. (2014) Impact of trace metals from past mining on the aquatic ecosystem: a multi-proxy approach in the Morvan (France). Environmental Research 134: 410-419



- Monna, F., Camizuli, E., Revelli, P., Biville, C., Thomas, C., Losno, R., Scheifler, R., Bruguier, O., Baron, S., Chateau, C., Ploquin, A., Alibert, P. (2011) Wild brown trout affected by historical mining in the Cévennes National Park, FranceEnvironmental Science & Technology, 45: 6823–6830.


Camizuli E., Monna F., Scheifler, R., Amiotte-Suchet, P., Losno, R., Beis, P., Bohard, B., Chateau, C. & Alibert, P. (2014) Impact of trace metals from past mining on the aquatic ecosystem: a multi-proxy approach in the Morvan (France). Environmental Research 134: 410-419


- Ondo Zue Abaga N., Alibert, P., Dousset S., Savadogo P. W., Savadogo M. & Sedogo M. (2011) Insecticide residues in cotton soils of Burkina Faso and effects of insecticides on fluctuating asymmetry in honey bees (Apis mellifera Linnaeus). Chemosphere 83: 585–592


 - Stige, L. C., David, B. & P. Alibert (2006) On hidden heterogeneity in directional asymmetry - can systematic bias be avoided? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 492-499. [PDF]


- Alibert, P., L. Bollache, D. Corberant, V. Guesdon & F. Cézilly (2002). Parasitic infection and developmental stability: fluctuating asymmetry in Gammarus pulex infected with two acanthocephalan species. Journal of Parasitology 88(1): 47-54. [PDF]


- Auffray, J.-C., Renaud, S., Alibert, P., & E. Nevo (1999) Developmental stability and adaptative radiation in Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies in the middle East. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 12: 207-221. [PDF]



B) Book

Alibert, P (2013) La variation phénotypique et son contrôle. Exemples d’apports de la morphométrie à l’étude de l’Evolution. Presses Académiques Francophones, 92p., ISBN-13: 978-3-8416-2009-5

C) Published contribution to academic conferences

- Alibert, P., Renaud, S., Dod, B., Bonhomme, F. & J.-C. Auffray (1994) Developmental stability in natural hybrid population of the house mouse. Mammalia 57(4), 620.


D) Popularization papers

- Alibert, P. (auteur référent), Claude, J., Debat, V., Garnier, S. & P. Neige (co-auteurs). Les contraintes. In "Biologie Evolutive" Ed. Thomas, F., Raymond, M. & Lefebvre T., De Boeck publisher. (2010).pp. 245-266


- Terral, J.-F., Alonso, N., Buxo I Capdevilla, R., Chatti, N., Fabre, L., Fiorentino, G. Marinval, P., Perez-Jorda, G., Pradat, D., Rovira, N. & P. Alibert (2005) Nouvelles données sur l'histoire et la biogéographie de la domestication de l'olivier en Méditerranée nord-occidentale : la mémoire des endocarpes. In Archéo-Plantes 2: Modernité


- David, B., Alibert, P. & P. Neige (2004) Promenades dans un espace des formes. Pour la Science, Dossier n°44: 46-50. [PDF]


Teaching experience

+ Université de Bourgogne (since 1997) around 250 hours/year from the 2nd to the 5th year

Repartition of teaching: around 25% CM (=lectures) 40% TD (group work limited to 30 students) et 35% TP (practical teaching) in the french system
- Evolutionary Biology
- Conservation Biology

- Biostatistics

- Invertebrate Zoology
- Ecology
- Morphometry


+ Université Montpellier II (1992-1996) around 90 hours/year

- Vertebrate Zoology
- Mendelian Genetics
- Cell Biology


Last update: april 2011