Human evolutionary biology Human evolutionary biology, the science applying evolutionary concepts to the study of human traits, is relatively recent. In France, human sciences and biology are taught in distinct universities, and research institutions for these fields are also different. The integrated study of interactions between biology and culture is therefore quite uncomfortable. The separation between biological and cultural traits is however scientifically unfounded. The human species is an animal species, and biological aspects cannot be ignored.
Our team studies the interface between evolutionary biology, ecology and genetics. We are interested both in animals than plants. Our study models are for example : - Senecio inaequidens (native to South Africa) for studying invasion biology - Noccaea caerulescens for studying local adaptation in plants tolerant to heavy metals - Centaurea corymbosa for studying biology, population demography and genetics of a rare and endemic specie. - Iris chamaeris for studying reproductive biology - Tetranychus urticae for studying life-histories traits and the determinism and evolution of host specificity - Leucadendron rubrum (native to South Africa) for modeling population variability under fires constraints.