University lecturer in Evolutive Biology at the Faculty of Science of Montpellier University since 2006, I am in charge of license and master courses for paleontology, macroevolution, and evolutive history of metazoans.
My research focus on four main themes related to mammal evolution during the Cenozoic:
1) The phylogeny of Cetartiodactyla with particular attention on hippotamid origin. This research project is based on the fossil record and includes fossil prospections, anatomical studies and cladistic analyses;
2) Inter- and intracontinental dispersal events during Cenozoic with particular focus on hydrographic basins evolution and the origin and impact of biogeographic arid barriers through analysis of aquatic mammal communities;
3) Adaptive evolution of mammals to life in water via paleoecological studies.
4) Enamel microstructure evolution in mammals using enamel section analyses and 3D simulations.
Since 2016, I am Co-PI of an ANR project (SPLASH) which aims to understand adaptation to semi-aquatic lifestyle within the sub-order of the cetancodontes (including cetaceans and hippopotamoides) during the Cenozoic in relation to environmental changes. This funded project is a collaboration between the team “paléontologie” of ISEM, Montpellier and IPHEP, Poitiers.
- Lihoreau, F., Boisserie, J.-R., Manthi, F. K. and Ducrocq, S. (2015) Hippos stem from the longest sequence of terrestrial cetartiodactyl evolution in Africa. Nature comm. 6 Pages: 6264 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7264. IF=10.74
- Lihoreau, F., Boisserie, J.-R., Blondel, C., Jacques, L., Likius, A., Mackaye, H. T., Vignaud, P. and Brunet, M. 2014. Description and palaeobiology of a new species of Libycosaurus (Cetartiodactyla, Anthracotheriidae) from the Late Miocene of Toros-Menalla, northern Chad. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, DOI: 10.1080⁄14772019.2013.838609 IF=2.85
- Lihoreau F., Barry J., Blondel C., Chaimanee Y., Jaeger J J. and Brunet M. 2007. Anatomical revision of the genus Merycopotamus [Artiodactyla; Anthracotheriidae]: its significance on late Miocene mammal dispersions in Asia. Palaeontology 50 (2):503-524.
- Lihoreau F., Boisserie J.-R., Viriot L., Coppens Y., Likius A., Mackaye H. T., Tafforeau P., Vignaud P. and Brunet M. 2006. Evidence for a Late Miocene Chado-Libyan bioprovince: possible new dispersal ability for early Chadian Hominid. Proceeding of National Academy of Science, USA 103 (23): 8763-8767
- Boisserie J.-R., Lihoreau, F. and Brunet M. 2005. The position of Hippopotamidae within Cetartiodactyla. Proceeding of National Academy of Science, USA 102 (5): 1537-1541.