The research of the DIVA team (Ichtyological DIVersity and Aquaculture) is at the crossroad of major preoccupations in the fields of fundamental and applied biology, including the biological diversity of freshwater fishes, their evolution and adaptation to environmental changes, their domestication and conservation, and their wise usage in aquaculture.
DIVA comprises 11 researchers, engineers and technical staff members, and 3 PhD students working in Montpellier and in South East Asia, particularly in Indonesia [partnership with AMAFRAD (Agency for Marine and Fisheries Research and Development), DGA (General Direction for Aquaculture), LIPI (Research Center for Biology) and IPB (Bogor Agricultural University)].
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.