Frank Cézilly

frank-cezilly1 vProfesseur à l'Université de Bourgogne

Equipe Ecologie Evolutive

Laboratoire Biogeosciences

CNRS, UMR 5561

Universite de Bourgogne

6, Blvd Gabriel,

21000 Dijon, France

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Frank Cézilly

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Conférence à l'Espace des Sciences à Rennes le 25/02/2014, podcast disponible sur youtube.




Research interests

My main research interests are in the study of host-parasite interactions, sexual selection and mating systems, and bird population biology.


1)    Host-parasite interactions

This part of my research is divided in two themes:

- Analysing the proximate causes and adaptive consequences of the influence of parasites with complex life cycles on the behaviour and physiology of their hosts: I am particularly combining ecological and physiological approaches to provide a critical assessment of the 'host-manipulation' hypothesis.

zenaida mesure v- Assessing the causes and consequences of variation in the prevalence and intensity of infection with blood parasites in two tropical bird species, the Zenaida dove, Zenaida aurita, and the Lesser Antillean Bullfinch, Loxigilla noctis.


2) Sexual selection and mating systems

At the moment, I am concerned with two main research questions:

- Analyzing the patterns of mating and re-mating in a tropical and monogamous bird species, the Zenaida dove, in relation with phenotypic and genetic individual quality.

- Understanding the evolution of sexual dichromatism within the genus Loxigilla.


3) Bird population biology

This part of my research is about the relative influence of genetic and phenotypic individual quality on life-history traits such as adult survival, recruitment, and breeding success in both the Zenaida dove and the Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus roseus (in cooperation with the Tour du Valat research center).



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Miguel Iniesto

Postdoc Researcher

Equipe BioMEUMR CNRS 5561 Biogéosciences

Université de Bourgogne, DIJON

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International PhD Thesis in Ecology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Cumlaude Honors. Supervisors: Ana Isabel López Archilla & MªCarmen Guerrero Sánchez.

Thesis subject: Microbial mats: The implication of these communities in early stages of fossilization (Tapetes microbianos. Un elemento clave en tafonomía)

Field: Microbial Ecology

2009-2011: Master Degree in Clinical Microbiology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

2003-2006: BSc in Biological Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.



Previous felloships

2013: Research stay (3 months) at IMPMC – UPMC, Paris.

PI: Karim Benzerara


2012: Research stay (3 months) at IMPMC – UPMC, Paris.

PI: Karim Benzerara



Research Projects

ANR-13-JS06-0001  Après la fin : la reconstruction des communautés marines durant la rediversification du Trias inférieur (projet AFTER)

PI : Arnaud Brayard (Biogeosciences, Université Bourgogne)

Funding: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR)


PE|Cl l-0369-2758 Amenazas y oportunidades del Cambio Global para la Mancha Húmeda, biodiversidad, restauración y aplicaciones de las comunidades de biofilms

PI : Máximo Florín (UCLM) - Anabel López-Archilla (Dpto. Ecología - UAM)

Funding : Comunidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Spanish Regional Government)


CGL-2013-42643 Las Hoyas (Cretácico Inferior): comunidades microbianas, diversidad y dinámica paleoecológica en el contexto de un sistema regional de humedales

PI : Ángela D. Buscalioni (Dpto. Biología - UAM)

Funding : Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spanish Government)


CGL-2009-11838   Ecosistemas continentales del cretácico inferior de la península ibérica: representatividad y procesos geobiológicos

PI: Ángela D. Buscalioni (Dpto. Biología - UAM)

Funding: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spanish Government)




Iniesto, M., Villalba, I., Guerrero, M. C., Buscalioni, Á. D., & López-Archilla, A. I. (under review) The effect of microbial mats in the decay of anuran: Trying to understand the fossil record. Scientific reports

Iniesto, M., Buscalioni, Á. D., Guerrero, M. C., Benzerara, K., Moreira, D. & López-Archilla, A. I. (2016) Exceptional preservation of vertebrates and invertebrates mediated by the formation of a sarcophagus and the body impression in microbial mats. Scientific Report, 6, 25716. doi:10.1038/srep25716

Guerrero, M. C., López-Archilla, A. I., & Iniesto, M. (2016). III.4.- Microbial mats and preservation. In F. J. Poyato-Ariza & Á. D. Buscalioni (Eds.), Las Hoyas: A Cretaceous wetland: A multidisciplinary synthesis after 25 years of research on an exceptional fossil Lagerstätte from Spain. München: Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil.

Iniesto, M., Laguna, C., Florín, M., Guerrero, M. C., Chicote, A.,  Buscalioni, Á. D. & López-Archilla, A. I. (2015) The Impact of Microbial Mats and their Microenvironmental Conditions in Early Decay Of Fish. Palaios, 30, 792-801. doi: 10.2110/palo.2014.086

Iniesto, M., Zeyen, N., López-Archilla, A. I., Bernard, S., Buscalioni, Á. D., Guerrero, M. C. & Benzerara, K. (2015) Preservation in microbial mats: mineralization by a talc-like mineral phase of a fish embedded in a microbial sarcophagus. Frontiers in Earth Science, 3, 1-13. doi: 10.3389/feart.2015.00051

Iniesto, M., López-Archilla, A. I., Fregenal-Martínez, M. A., Buscalioni, Á. D., & Guerrero, M. C. (2013). Involvement of microbial mats in delayed decay: An experimental essay on fish preservation. Palaios, 28(1), 56–66. doi:10.2110/palo.2011.p11-099r

Marco Panettieri

Postdoctoral Researcher

Equipe SEDS (Sédimentologie, Environnement et Dynamique Sédimentaire)

UMR 6282 Biogéosciences CNRS,

Université de Bourgogne, 6 bd Gabriel, F-21000 Dijon, France


marco.panettieri [at]

Birth date: 15 October1982


Research areas

The sttudy of soil organic matter dynamics related to land-use in agrosystems using stable isotope techniques, gas chromatography, high-resolution mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, and biochemical parameters (enzymatic activities, PLFA).


Keywords: soil, soil chemistry, compond specific analyses, isotopic geochemistry, 15N, 13C, greenhouse gas,  carbon cycles, organic matter, DOC, WEOC, NMR, enzymatic activities.


Analytical techniques

Stable isotopic geochemistry: mass spectrometry δ15N, δ13C  isotopic analyses of gaseous and solid forms (organics), Solid State NMR, spectrophotometry.

Other techniques: gas chromatography, elemental analyses C and N, atmospheric CO2 measurements and dissolved organic carbon.


Working experience

2017 R&D Manager at UpCycle-La boite a champignons

2015-2017 Postdoctoral researcher (AgreenSkills fellowship) at UMR ECOSYS INRA Grignon

2014 Visiting researcher at Institut d'ecologie et des sciences de l'environnement de Paris

2012 Visiting researcher at Old Dominion University Norfolk (Virginia, USA)

2011 Visiting researcher at Forschungszentrum Juelich (Germany)

2009-2013 PhD candidate (+postdoc) Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiologia de Sevilla (IRNAS-CSIC, Spain) 


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
Tél. : (+) 33 380 39 63 45 Fax : / 62 31
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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


Maître de conférence (Assistant Professor)

Equipe SEDS (Sédimentologie, Environnement et Dynamique Sédimentaire)

UMR 6282 Biogéosciences CNRS,

Université de Bourgogne, 6 bd Gabriel, F-21000 Dijon, France

Tel. +33 (0)3 80 39 90 14

Fax. +33 (0)3 80 39 63 87

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Birth date: 01 february 1979


Research areas

My research activities focus on the study of organic matter dynamics in the environment: transfers from plant to soil/sediments/solution and evolution in a changing environment (natural and anthropogenic changes). This research is based on the characterisation of the organic matter pools and of the transformation processes using specific molecular and isotopic markers.

For this research, I use stable isotope techniques (13C labelling technique) and biomarkers of the organic matter origin and degradation (phenols, lipids, sugars…)

Keywords: soil, water, isotopic geochemistry, 13C, carbon cycle, organic matter, DOC, WEOC.


Analytical techniques

Organic matter biomarkers extraction and purification from various matrices (soil, sediments, plants). Stable isotopic geochemistry (δ13C), isotopic analyses of organic molecules and bulk (GC-C-IRMS, EA-IRMS), gas chromatography, elemental analyses C and N, spectrophotometry.


Teaching experience

Université de Bourgogne, Dijon (France), in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department (ETEC), around 230 hours/year from the 1st to the 5th year.

Supervisor of postgraduate labwork.


Recent publications

Thevenot M., Dousset S. (2015). Compost effect on diuron retention and transport in structured vineyard soils. Pedosphere 25, 25-36.

Thevenot M., Dignac M.-F., Mendez-Millan M., Lapierre C., Bahri H., Hattée C., Pollet B., Bardoux G., Rumpel C. (2013). Characterization and dynamics of a lignin-fraction isolated from an agricultural soil. Soil Biology and Fertility 49, 517-526.

Thevenot M., Dignac M.-F., Rumpel C. (2010). Lignins fate in soils: a review. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 42, 1200-1211.

Dousset S., Thevenot M., Schrack D., Gouy V., Carluer N. (2010). Effect of grass cover on water and pesticide transport through undisturbed soil columns, comparison with field study (Morcille watershed, Beaujolais). Environmental Pollution 158, 2446-2453.

Thevenot M., Dousset S., Hertkorn N., Schmitt-Kopplin P., Andreux F. (2009). Interactions of diuron with dissolved organic matter from organic amendments. Science of the Total Environment 407, 4297-4302.

Gabriele Sorci

Directeur de Recherche CNRS


Address: BioGéoSciences, CNRS UMR 5561, Université de Bourgogne, 6 Boulevard Gabriel, 21000 Dijon, France

Phone: +33 (0) 380399028

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Research interests  

My research activity covers many aspects of evolutionary biology. Currently, my projects focus on

  • the evolution of life history traits with special emphasis on the evolution of aging
  • the evolutionary ecology of avian malaria (using both lab experiments and epidemiological surveys)
  • the evolution of immune regulation (using both birds and mammals as model species)  

Selected publications (2000 – 2010)

Loiseau, C., Zoorob, R., Robert, A., Chastel, O., Julliard, R., Sorci, G. (in press) Plasmodium relictum infection and MHC diversity in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Belloni, V., Faivre, B., Guerreiro, R., Arnoux, E, Bellenger, J., Sorci, G. 2010. Suppressing an anti-inflammatory cytokine reveals a strong age-dependent survival cost in mice. PLoS ONE 5: e12940.

Cellier-Holzem, E., Esparza-Salas, R., Garnier, S., Sorci, G. 2010. Effect of repeated exposure to Plasmodium relictum (lineage SGS1) on infection dynamics in domestic canaries. International Journal for Parasitology 40: 1447-1453.

Kim, S.Y., Velando, A., Sorci, G., Alonso-Alvarez, C. 2010. Genetic correlation between resistance to oxidative stress and reproductive life span in a bird species. Evolution 64: 852-857.

Lecomte, V.J., Sorci, G., Cornet, S., Jaeger, A., Faivre, B., Arnoux, E., Gaillard, M., Trouve, C., Besson, D., Chastel, O., Weimerskirch, H. 2010. Patterns of aging in the long-lived wandering albatross. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107: 6370-6375.

Cornet, S., Sorci, G. 2010. Parasite virulence when the infection reduces the host immune response. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 1929-1935.

Chargé, R., Saint Jalme, M., Lacroix, F., Cadet, A., Sorci, G. 2010. Male health status signalled by courtship display, reveals ejaculate quality and hatching success in a lekking species. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 843-850.

Cornet, S., Franceschi, N., Bollache, L., Rigaud, T., Sorci, G. 2009. Variation and covariation in infectivity, virulence and immunodepression in the host-parasite association Gammarus pulex - Pomhorhynchus laevis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 4229-4236.

Sorci, G., Faivre, B. 2009. Inflammation and oxidative stress in vertebrate host-parasite systems. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364: 71-83.

Loiseau, C., Richard, M., Garnier, S., Chastel, O., Julliard, R., Zoorob, R., Sorci, G. 2009. Diversifying selection on MHC class I in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Molecular Ecology 18: 1331-1340.

Loiseau, C., Zoorob, R., Garnier, S., Birard, J., Federici, P., Julliard, R., Sorci, G. 2008. Antagonistic effects of a Mhc Class I allele on malaria infected house sparrows. Ecology Letters 11: 258-265.

Loiseau, C.,  Fellous, S., Haussy, C., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. 2008. Condition dependent effects of corticosterone on a carotenoid-based begging signal in house sparrows. Hormones and Behavior 53: 266-273.

Alonso-Alvarez, C., Bertrand, S., Faivre, B., Sorci, G. 2007. Increased susceptibility to oxidative damage as a cost of accelerated somatic growth in zebra finches. Functional Ecology 21: 873-879.

Alonso-Alvarez, C., Bertrand, S., Sorci, G. 2007. Energetic reserves, leptin and testosterone: a refinement of the immunocompetence handicap hypothesis. Biology Letters 3: 271-274.

Loyau, A., Saint Jalme, M., Mauget, R., Sorci, G. 2007. Male sexual attractiveness affects the investment of maternal resources into the eggs in peafowl (Pavo cristatus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61: 1043-1052.

Alonso-Alvarez, C., Bertrand, S., Faivre, B., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. 2007. Testosterone and oxidative stress: the oxidation handicap hypothesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 819-825.

Bertrand, S., Criscuolo, F., Faivre, B., Sorci, G. 2006. Immune activation increases susceptibility to oxidative tissue damage in Zebra Finches. Functional Ecology 20: 1022-1027.

Bertrand, S., Faivre, B., Sorci, G. 2006. Do carotenoid-based sexual traits signal the availability of non-pigmentary antioxidants? Journal of Experimental Biology 209: 4414-4419.

Alonso-Alvarez, C., Bertrand, S., Devevey, G., Prost, J., Faivre, B., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. 2006. An experimental manipulation of life-history trajectories and resistance to oxidative stress. Evolution 60: 1913-1924.

Bertrand, S., Alonso-Alvarez, C., Devevey, G., Faivre, B., Prost, J., Sorci, G. 2006. Carotenoids modulate the trade-off between egg production and resistance to oxidative stress in zebra finches. Oecologia 147: 576-584.

Bonneaud, C., Pérez-Tris, J., Federici P., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. 2006. Major histocompatibility alleles associated with local resistance to malaria in a passerine. Evolution 58: 2823-2830.

Bonneaud, C., Chastel, O., Federici P., Westerdahl, H., Sorci, G. 2006. Complex MHC-based mate choice in a wild-passerine. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 273: 1111-1116.

Criscuolo F., Gonzalez-Barroso M., Bouillaud F., Ricquier D., Miroux B., Sorci, G. 2005. Mitochondrial uncoupling proteins: new perspectives for evolutionary ecologists. American Naturalist 166: 686-699.

Bonneaud, C., Richard, M., Faivre, B., Westerdahl, H., Sorci, G. 2005. An MHC class I allele associated to the expression of T-dependent immune response in the house sparrow. Immunogenetics 57: 782-789.

Loyau A., Saint Jalme, M., Cagniant C., Sorci, G. 2005. Multiple sexual advertisements honestly reflect health status in peacocks (Pavo cristatus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 58: 552-557.

Bonneaud, C., Mazuc, J., Chastel, O., Westerdahl, H., Sorci, G. 2004. Terminal investment induced by immune challenge and Mhc associated fitness traits in the house sparrow. Evolution 58: 2823-2830.

Alonso-Alvarez, C., Bertrand, S., Devedey, G., Gaillard, M., Prost, J., Faivre, B., Sorci, G. 2004. An experimental test of the dose-dependent effect of carotenoids and immune activation on sexual signals and antioxidant activity. American Naturalist 164: 651-659.

Alonso-Alvarez, C., Bertrand, S., Devedey, G., Prost, J., Faivre, B., Sorci, G. 2004. Oxidative stress as a proximate cost of reproduction . Ecology Letters 7: 363-368.

Bonneaud C., Sorci G., Morin, V., Westerdahl, H., Zoorob, R., Wittzell, H. 2004. Diversity of MHC class I and II genes in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Immunogenetics 55: 855-865.

Alonso-Alvarez, C., Doutrelant, C. Sorci, G. 2004. Ultraviolet reflectance affects male-male interactions in the blue tit (Parus caeruleus ultramarinus). Behavioral Ecology 15: 805-809.

Mazuc, J., Bonneaud, C., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. 2003. Social environment affects female and egg testosterone levels in the house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Ecology Letters 6: 1084-1090.

Sorci, G., Skarstein, F., Morand, S., Hugot, J.P. 2003. Correlated evolution between host immunity and parasite life histories in primates and oxyurid parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 270: 2481-2484.

Faivre, B., Grégoire, A., Préault, M., Cézilly, F., Sorci, G. 2003. Immune activation rapidly mirrored in a secondary sexual trait. Science 300: 103.

Doherty, P.F.Jr, Sorci, G., Royle, J.A., Hines, J.E., Nichols, J.D., Boulinier, T. 2003. Sexual selection affects local extinction and turnover in bird communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 100: 5852-5857.

Soler, J.J., de Neve, L., Perez-Contreras, T., Soler, M., Sorci, G. 2003. Trade-off between immunocompetence and growth in magpies: an experimental study. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 270: 241-248.

Bonneaud, C., Mazuc, J., Gonzalez, G., Haussy, C., Chastel, O., Faivre, B., Sorci, G. 2003. Assessing the cost of mounting an immune response. American Naturalist 161: 367-379.

Mazuc, J., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. 2003. No evidence for differential maternal allocation to offspring in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Behavioral Ecology 14: 340-346.

Gonzalez, G., Sorci G., Smith, L.C., de Lope, F. 2001. Testosterone and sexual signalling in male house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 50: 557-562.