Olivieri isabelle



1. Present position

Professor at the University of Montpellier, where I teach formal genetics, population genetics and evolutionary genetics, as well as theoretical biology and population biology applied to conservation and management. I belong to a team of about 20 people (8 CNRS Research Scientists or University Associate Professors or Professors, 1 Engineer, 2 technicians, 1 Post-doc, 5 PhD students, 1 visitor plus undergraduate students and temporary workers). This team is headed by Sandrine Maurice.

2. Expertise

Mathematical modelling from demographic and evolutionary perspectives, evolutionary interpretations based on molecular phylogenies, conservation and invasion evolutionary biology, life-history evolution, coevolution, population genetics data analyses, speciation processes.

3. Research achievements

I have become interested in the evolution of dispersal very early in my carreer, while I was doing my PhD in an Australian lab based at Montpellier, at a time very few people were actually interested in that topic. During my post-doc with Paul Ehrlich at Stanford, metapopulation biology started to emerge, and with Pierre-Henri Gouyon, we developed our first evolutionary metapopulation models. I presented the very first version of these models at Wageningen in 1984. Emphasizing a level above the population one, allowed us to describe the mechanisms underlying the evolution of several life-history traits, including dispersal, in ephemeral populations. Since then, and essentially because of the increased awareness of habitat fragmentation, hundreds of publications have been devoted to that topic. Dispersal allows species unable to locally adapt to changing conditions to actually track the environment to which they are already adapted. Dispersal and gene flow might enhance, or conversely inhibit the evolution of local adaptation in a heterogeneous environment. Since 1984, I have been trying to model these processes. I have also tried to keep close to field work and the study of the natural history of species, trying to understand what determines the life-history and the geographical distribution of species and what are the processes underlying speciation itself, especially in the context of interacting processes. In 1994, I got involved in programmes of conservation biology, trying to use scientific research to actually offer guidelines for management of rare, endangered species. Simultaneously, rare species are excellent models to use a combination of genetical and ecological approaches, something I have tried to develop during my whole career. My main research achievements, maybe, has been to be able to attract truly excellent PhD students, postdocs and visiting scientists. Most of my former students (Masters or PhD) quickly found a permanent job in the academic world, or, for the most recent ones, are presently enjoying a post-doc somewhere. Part of this attraction is due to the general scientifi

c environment of Montpellier and the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution more particularly, and part of it is, I hope, the pleasant environment people find in our lab, every member of which is actually very nice.

5. Academic and professional training

Ingénieur Agronome of the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon (INA PG) (1980) Docteur-Ingénieur of I.N.A. P.-G. (PhD, 1982) Docteur es Sciences of Université Montpellier 2 (U.S.T.L.) (1987)

6. Academic and professional experience

1979-1980 : INRA Antibes (Diplôme d’Agronomie Approfondie INA PG, with J.C. ONILLON) (Masters) 1980-1982 : CSIRO Montpellier (PhD Docteur-Ingénieur INA PG, with A.J. WAPSHERE et G. VALDEYRON) 1983 : Stanford University, Californy, USA (Post-doctorate with P.R. EHRLICH)

1984-1993 : INRA Montpellier (Research Scientist).

1993 – présent : University Montpellier 2 (Professor of population genetics)

7. Research areas

Metapopulation evolutionary genetics and ecology Evolutionary Ecology Population genetics. Experimental evolution. Plant-Arthopods interactions and biological control. Conservation biology and biodiversity

8. Honorary positions, awards, editorial activities

-Elected member of EMBO

-Grand Prix de la SFE (société française d’Ecologie) 2012 (awarded 2013)

-Silver Medal of CNRS (awarded 2007)

- President of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) (2007-2009) - Descartes – Huygens prize from the Dutch Embassy (2004) - Vice – President of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE) - Vice – President of ESEB

-Panel Chair of « Evolutionary, Population and Environmental Biology” panel for “Advanced Researchers” of ERC (European Research Council) (2008-2012, even years)

-Current Associate Editor or Member of the Editorial Board of Acta Biotheoretica, Evolutionary Applications, Plant Ecology, Plant Species Biology, Trends in Ecology and Evolution. (In the past : American Naturalist, Evolutionary Ecology , Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics and Ecology Letters)

9. Publications


  1. Bitume, E.V., D. Bonte, O. Ronce, I. Olivieri, C.M. Nieberding. (in press). Dispersal distance is influenced by parental and grand-parental density .Proceeding of the Royal Society, London.

  2. Magalhães, S., A. Cailleau E. Banchet, and I. Olivieri (in press). Do mites evolving in alternating host plants adapt to host switch? Journal of evolutionary Biology

  3. Tonnabel, J., A. Mignot, E.P.J Douzery, A.G. Rebelo, F.M. Schurr, J. Midgley, N. Illing, D. Orcel & I. Olivieri (in press). Convergent and correlated evolution of major life-history traits in the angiosperm genus Leucadendron (Proteaceae). Evolution

  4. Fellous, S., G. Angot, M. Orsucci, A. Migeon, P. Auger, Philippe, I. Olivieri, & M. Navajas (2014). Combining experimental evolution and field populations assays to study the evolution of host-range breadth. Journal of Evolutionary Biology

  5. Vitalis, R., F. Rousset, Y. Kobayashi, I. Olivieri, and S. Gandon (2013). The joint evolution of dispersal and dormancy in a metapopulation with local extinctions and kin competition. Evolution, 67: 1676-1691.

  6. Tonnabel, J., I. Olivieri, A. Mignot, T. Rebelo, F. Justy, S. Santoni, S. Caroli, L. Sauné, O. Bouchez, and E. D. Douzery (2013). Developping nuclear DNA phylogenetic markers in the angiosperm genus Leucadendron (Proteaceae): a next-generation sequencing transcriptomic approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70: 37-46.

  7. Cotto, O., I. Olivieri and O. Ronce (2013). Optimal life-history schedule in a metapopulation with juvenile dispersal. Journal of evolutionary Biology, 26: 944-954.

  8. Bitume, E.V., D. Bonte, O. Ronce, F. Bach, E. Flaven, I. Olivieri and C. Nieberding (2013) Density and relatedness increase dispersal distance in sub-social organism. Ecology Letters, 16: 430-437.

  9. Tonnabel, J., T.J.M. van Dooren, J. Midgley, P. Haccou, A. Mignot, O. Ronce, and I. Olivieri. (2012). Optimal resource allocation in a non-resprouting serotinous plant species under different fire regimes. Journal of Ecology, 100: 1464-1474.

  10. Kawecki, T.J., R.E. Lenski, D. Ebert, B. Hollis, I. Olivieri, & M.C. Whitlock.
 (2012). The value of complementary approaches in evolutionary research : reply to Magalhães and Matos. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27: 650 - 651.

  11. Kawecki, T.J., R.E. Lenski, D. Ebert, B. Hollis, I. Olivieri, and M.C. Whitlock.
 (2012). Experimental evolution. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 27: 547 - 560.

  12. Macke, E., S. Magalhães, F. Bach, and I. Olivieri . 2012. Sex-ratio adjustment in response to local mate competition is achieved through an alteration of egg size in a haplodiploid spider mite. Proceeding of the Royal Society B London, 279:46 34-4642.

  13. Macke, E., S. Magalhães, H. Do-Thi Khanh, A. Frantz, B. Facon, and I. Olivieri. 2012. Mating modifies female reproductive effort in a haplodiploid spider mite. The American Naturalist 179: E147-E162.

  14. Hansen, M.M., I. Olivieri, D. M. Waller, E. E. Nielsen,and the GeM Working Group. 2012. Monitoring adaptive genetic responses to environmental change. Molecular Ecology , 21: 1311-1329.

  15. Jackson, J. A., L. Laikre, C. Scott Baker, K. C. Kendall, and the Genetic Monitoring Working Group. 2012. Guidelines for collecting and maintaining archives for genetic monitoring. Conservation Genetic Resources, 4: 527-536.

  16. Macke, E., S. Magalhães, F. Bach, and I. Olivieri. 2011. Experimental evolution of sex ratio under local mate competition. Science 334 : 1127-1129.

  17. Magalhães, S., E. Banchet, M. Egas, and I. Olivieri. 2011. Environmental effects on the detection of adaptation.Journal of evolutionary Biology, 24: 2653-62.

  18. Bitume, EV, D. Bonte, S. Magalhães, G. San Martin, S. Van Dorgen, F. Bach, J.M. Anderson, I. Olivieri, and C.M. Nieberding. 2011. Heritability and artificial selection on ambulatory dispersal distance in Tetranychus urticae. Plos ONE , 6 e26927.

  19. Venail, P., O. Kaltz, I. Olivieri, T. Pommier, and N. Mouquet. 2011. Diversification in temporally heterogeneous environments: effect of the grain in experimental bacterial populations. Journal of evolutionary Biology, 24: 2485-95

  20. Macke, E., S. Magalhães, H. Do-Thi Khan, A. Luciano, A. Frantz, B. Facon, and I. Olivieri. 2011. Sex allocation in haplodiploids is mediated by egg size: evidence in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae Koch. Proceedings of the Royal Society B London, 278: 1054–1063.

  21. Laikre, L., M.K. Schwartz, R.S. Waples, N. Ryman and the GeM Working Group. 2010. Compromising genetic diversity in the wild: unmonitored release of commercial gene pool. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 25: 520–529.

  22. Noel, F., S. Maurice, A. Mignot, S. Glemin, D. Carbonell, F. Justy, I. Guyot, I. Olivieri and C. Petit. 2010. Interaction of climate, demography and genetics: a ten-year study of Brassica insularis, a narrow endemic Mediterranean species. Conservation Genetics 11(2): 509-526

  23. Laikre, L., FW. Allendorf, L.C. Aroner, C.S. Baker, D.P. Gregovich, M.M. Hansen, J.A. Jackson, K. C. Kendall, K. McKelvey, M.C. Neel, I. Olivieri, N. Ryman, M. K. Schwartz, R. S. Bull, J.B. Stetz, D.A. Tallmon, B. L. Taylor, C.D. Vojta, D.M. Waller and R.S. Waples. 2010. Neglect of Genetic Diversity in Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Conservation Biology, 24: 86-88.

  24. Justy, F., Midgley, J. and I. Olivieri. 2009. Isolation and characterization of ten microsatellite markers in Leucadendron rubrum (Proteaceae). In Abercrombie et al. Permanent Genetic Resources added to Molecular Ecology Resources database 1 January 2009-30 April 2009. Molecular Ecology Resources 9(5): 1375-1379.

  25. Riba, M., M. Mayol, B.E. Giles, O. Ronce, E. Imbert, M. van der Velde, S. Chauvet, L. Ericson, R. Bijlsma, B. Vosman, R. Smulders, and I. Olivieri. 2009. Darwin’s wind hypothesis: Does it work for plant dispersal in fragmented habitats? New Phytologist 83(3): 667-677

  26. Magalhães, S., E. Blanchet, M. Egas, and I. Olivieri. 2009. Are adaptation costs necessary to build up a local adaptation pattern? BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 182.

  27. Martini, X., P. Haccou, I. Olivieri, and J.-L. Hemptinne. 2009. Evolution of cannibalism and female’s response to oviposition deterring pheromone in aphidophagous predators Journal of Animal Ecology 78(5): 964-972.

  28. Ravigné, V, U. Dieckmann, and I. Olivieri. 2009. Live where you thrive: Joint evolution of habitat choice and local adaptation facilitates specialization and promotes diversity. American Naturalist 174(4): E141-E169.

68. Olivieri, I. 2009. Alternative mechanisms of range expansion are associated with different changes of evolutionary potential. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 24(6): 289-292.

  1. Colas, B., F. Kirchner, M. Riba, I. Olivieri, A. Mignot, E. Imbert, C. Beltrame, D. Carbonell, and H. Fréville. 2008. Restoration demography: a 10-year demographic comparison between introduced and natural populationsof endemic Centaurea corymbosa (Asteraceae). Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 1468-1476.

  2. Olivieri, I., M.C. Singer, S. Magalhães, A. Courtiol, Y. Dubois, D. Carbonell, F. Justy; P. Beldade, C. Parmesan, and Y. Michalakis. 2008. Understanding host use and genetic differentiation among populations of a thistle weevil. Evolutionary Applications 1(1): 112-128.

  3. Bailly, X., I. Olivieri, B. Brunel, J. C. Cleyet-Marel and G. Bena. 2007. Horizontal gene transfer and homologous recombination drive the evolution of the nitrogen-fixing symbionts of Medicago species. Journal of Bacteriology 189(14): 5223-5236.

  4. Jimenez-Ambriz, G., C. Petit, I. Bourrie, S. Dubois, I. Olivieri and O. Ronce. 2007. Life history variation in the heavy metal tolerant plant Thlaspi caerulescens growing in a network of contaminated and noncontaminated sites in southern France: role of gene flow, selection and phenotypic plasticity. New Phytologist 173(1): 199-215.

  5. Magalhaes, S., J. Fayard, A. Janssen, D. Carbonell and I. Olivieri. 2007. Adaptation in a spider mite population after long-term evolution on a single host plant. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20(5): 2016-2027.

  6. Nieberding, C. M. and I. Olivieri. 2007. Parasites: proxies for host genealogy and ecology? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22(3): 156-165.

  7. Siol, M., I. Bonnin, I. Olivieri, J. M. Prosperi and J. Ronfort. 2007. Effective population size associated with self-fertilization: lessons from temporal changes in allele frequencies in the selfing annual Medicago truncatula. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20(6): 2349-2360.

  8. Bailly, X., I. Olivieri, S. De Mita, J. C. Cleyet-Marel and G. Bena. 2006. Recombination and selection shape the molecular diversity pattern of nitrogen-fixing Sinorhizobium sp associated to Medicago. Molecular Ecology 15(10): 2719-2734.

  9. Ravigne, V., I. Olivieri, S. C. Gonzalez-Martinez and F. Rousset. 2006. Selective interactions between short-distance pollen and seed dispersal in self-compatible species. Evolution 60(11): 2257-2271.

  10. Bena, G., A. Lyet, T. Huguet and I. Olivieri. 2005. Medicago-Sinorhizobium symbiotic specificity evolution and the geographic expansion of Medicago. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 18(6): 1547-1558.

  11. Bottin, L., D. Verhaegen, J. Tassin, I. Olivieri, A. Vaillant and J. M. Bouvet. 2005. Genetic diversity and population structure of an insular tree, Santalum austrocaledonicum in New Caledonian archipelago. Molecular Ecology 14(7): 1979-1989.

  12. Glemin, S., T. Gaude, M. L. Guillemin, M. Lourmas, I. Olivieri and A. Mignot. 2005. Balancing selection in the wild: Testing population genetics theory of self-incompatibility in the rare species Brassica insularis. Genetics 171(1): 279-289.

  13. Riba, M., A. Mignot, H. Freville, B. Colas, E. Imbert, D. Vile, M. Virevaire and I. Olivieri. 2005. Variation in dispersal traits in a narrow-endemic plant species, Centaurea corymbosa pourret. (Asteraceae). Evolutionary Ecology 19(3): 241-254.

  14. Ronce, O., S. Brachet, I. Olivieri, P. H. Gouyon and J. Clobert. 2005. Plastic changes in seed dispersal along ecological succession: theoretical predictions from an evolutionary model. Journal of Ecology 93(2): 431-440.

  15. Hardy, O., S.C. González Martínez, H. Fréville, A. Mignot, B. Colas, and I. Olivieri. 2004. Fine-scale genetic structure and gene dispersal in Centaurea corymbosa (Asteraceae). II. Correlated paternity within and among sibships. Genetics 168(3): 1601-1614.

  16. Anderson, B., I. Olivieri, M. Lourmas, and B.A. Stewart. 2004. Comparative population genetic structures and local adaptation of two mutualists. Evolution, 58(8): 1730-47.

  17. Hardy, O., S.C. González Martínez, H. Fréville, G. Boquien, A. Mignot, B. Colas, and I. Olivieri. 2004. Fine-scale genetic structure and gene dispersal in Centaurea corymbosa (Asteraceae). I. Pattern of pollen dispersal. Journal of evolutionary Biology 17: 795-806.

  18. Fréville, H., B. Colas, M. Riba, H. Caswell, A. Mignot, E. Imbert and I. Olivieri. 2004. Spatial and temporal demographic variability in the endemic plant species Centaurea corymbosa (Asteraceae). Ecology 85(3): 694-703.

  19. Vitalis, R., S. Glémin, and I. Olivieri. 2004. When genes go to sleep : the population genetic consequences of seed dormancy and monocarpic perenniality. American Naturalist 163(2): 295-311.

  20. Ravigné, V., I. Olivieri, and U. Dieckmann. 2004. Implications of habitat choice for protected polymorphisms. Evolutionary Ecology Research 6: 125-145.

  21. Vitalis, R., M. Riba, B. Colas, P. Grillas, and I. Olivieri. 2002. Multi-locus genetic structure at contrasted spatial scales in the endangered water fern Marsilea strigosa Willd. (Marsileaceae, Pteridophyta). American Journal of Botany 89(7): 1142-1155.

  22. Glémin, S., T. Bataillon, J. Ronfort, A. Mignot and I. Olivieri. 2001. Inbreeding depression in small populations of self-incompatible plants Genetics 159: 1217-1229.

  23. Petit, C., H. Fréville, A. Mignot, B. Colas, M. Riba, E. Imbert, S. Boussès-Hurtrez, M. Virevayre, and I. Olivieri. 2001. Gene flow and local adaptation in two endemic plant species. Biological Conservation 100(1): 21-34.

  24. Vitalis, R., M.-P. Dubois and I. Olivieri. 2001. Characterization of microsatellite loci in the endangered species of fern Marsilea strigosa Willd. (Marsileaceae, Pteridophyta). Molecular Ecology Notes 1: 64-66.

  25. Bonnin, I., J. Ronfort, F. Wozniak, and I. Olivieri. 2001. Spatial effects and rare outcrossing events in Medicago truncatula (Fabaceae). Molecular Ecology 10: 1371-1383.

  26. Fréville, H., F. Justy, and I. Olivieri. 2001. Comparative allozyme and microsatellite population structure in a narrow endemic plant species. Molecular Ecology 10: 878-889.

  27. Lavigne, C., X. Reboud, M. Lefranc, E. Porcher, F. Roux, I. Olivieri, B. Godelle. 2001. Evolution of genetic diversity in metapopulations : Arabidopsis thaliana as an experimental model. Genetics, Selection, Evolution 33: S399-S423, Suppl. 1.

  28. Colas, B., I. Olivieri, and M. Riba. 2001. Spatio-temporal variation of reproductive success and conservation of the narrow-endemic Centaurea corymbosa (Asteraceae). Biological Conservation, 99: 375-386.

  29. Mathias, A., E. Kisdi, and I. Olivieri. 2001. The divergent evolution of dispersal in a heterogeneous landscape. Evolution, 55: 246-259.

  30. Ronce, O., Perret, F. and I. Olivieri. 2000 Landscape dynamics and evolution of colonizer syndromes: interactions between reproductive effort and dispersal in a metapopulation. Evolutionary Ecology. 14(3): 233-260.

  31. Fréville, H., E. Imbert, F. Justy, R. Vitalis and I. Olivieri. 2000. Isolation and characterization of microsatellites in the narrow endemic species Centaurea corymbosa Pourret (Asteraceae). Molecular Ecology (10): 1671-1672.

  32. Ronce, O., Perret, F. and I. Olivieri. 2000. Evolutionary stable dispersal rates do not always increase with local extinction rates. American Naturalist 155: 485-496.

  33. Ferrière, R., J.R. Belthoff, I. Olivieri, and S. Krackow. 2000. Evolving dispersal : where to go next ? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 15: 5-7.

  34. Brachet, S., I. Olivieri, B. Godelle, E. Klein, N. Frascaria-Lacoste, and P.-H. Gouyon. 1999. Dispersal and metapopulation viability in a heterogeneous landscape. Journal of theoretical Biology 198: 479-495.

  35. Loreau, M. and I. Olivieri. 1999. Diversitas, an international programme of biodiversity science. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14(1): 2-3.

  36. Godelle, B., F. Austerlitz, S. Brachet, B. Colas, J. Cuguen, S. Gandon, P.-H. Gouyon, M. Lefranc, I. Olivieri, X. Reboud, and R. Vitalis. 1998. Système génétique, polymorphisme neutre et sélectionné : implications en biologie de la conservation. Génétique Sélection Evolution 30: S15-S31.

  37. Bena, G., B. Lejeune, J.M. Prosperi, and I. Olivieri. 1998. Molecular phylogenetics approach for studying life-history evolution : the ambiguous example of the genus Medicago L. Proceedings of The Royal Society, Biological Sciences 265: 1141-1151

  38. Fréville, H., B. Colas, J. Ronfort, M. Riba M. and I. Olivieri. 1998. Predicting endemism from population structure of a widespread species : Case study in Centaurea maculosa Lam. (Asteraceae). Conservation Biology 12(6): 1269-1278.

  39. Bena, G., J.-M. Prosperi, B. Lejeune, and I. Olivieri. 1998.Evolution of annual species of the genus Medicago: A molecular phylogenetic approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 9(3): 552-559.

  40. Bena, G., M.F. Jubier, I. Olivieri, and B. Lejeune. 1998. Ribosomal external and internal transcribed spacers : Combined use in the phylogenetic analysis of Medicago (Leguminosae). Journal of Molecular Evolution 46: 299-306.

  41. Colas, B., I. Olivieri, and M. Riba. 1997. Centaurea corymbosa, a cliff-dwelling species tottering on the brinks of extinction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 94: 3471-3476.

  42. Ronce, O. and I. Olivieri. 1997. Evolution of reproductive effort in a metapopulation with local extinctions and ecological successions. American Naturalist 146: 202-228.

  43. Jenczewski, E., M. Gherardi, I. Bonnin, J.-M. Prosperi, I. Olivieri, and T. Huguet. 1997. Segregation distorsions in intra- and interspecific crosses : insight from two intraspecific crosses of annual species of Medicago (Leguminosae). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 94: 682-691.

  44. Bonnin, I., J.-M. Prosperi, and I. Olivieri. 1997. Comparison of quantitative genetic parameters between two natural populations of a selfing plant species, Medicago truncatula Gaertn. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 94: 641-651

  45. Gandon, S., Y. Capowiez, Y. Dubois, Y. Michalakis, and I. Olivieri. 1996. Coevolution in a gene-or-gene metapopulation model. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences 263: 1003-1009.

  46. Bonnin, I., J.-M. Prosperi, and I. Olivieri. 1996. Comparative spatial structure of markers and quantitative characters in a selfing plant species, Medicago trunculata (Leguminosae). Genetics, 143: 1795-1805.

  47. Bonnin, I., T. Huguet, M. Gherardi, J.-M. Prosperi, and I. Olivieri. 1996. High level of polymorphism and spatial structure in a selfing plant species, Medicago trunculata (Leguminosae), using RAPDs markers. American Journal of Botany 83: 843-855.

  48. Olivieri, I., Y. Michalakis, and P.-H. Gouyon. 1995. Metapopulation genetics and the evolution of dispersal. American Naturalist 146: 202-228.

  49. Michalakis, Y., A.W. Sheppard, V. Noël, and I. Olivieri. 1994. Population structure of a herbivorous insect and its host plant on a microgeographic scale. Evolution 47: 1611-1616.

  50. Hébert, D., S. Fauré and I. Olivieri, I., 1994. Genetic, phenotypic and environmental correlations estimated in black medic, Medicago lupulina L., grown in three different environments. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 88: 604-613.

  51. Olivieri, I, and S. A. Frank. 1994. The evolution of nodulation in Rhizobium: altruism in the rhizosphere. Journal of Heredity 85: 46-47.

16. Olivieri, I., D. Couvet, and M. Slatkin. 1994. Allocation of reproductive effort in perennial plants under pollen limitation. American Naturalist 144: 373-394.

  1. Michalakis, Y., and I. Olivieri. 1993. The influence of local extinctions on the probability of fixation of chromosomal rearrangements. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 6: 153-170.

  2. de Meeus, T., Y. Michalakis, F. Renaud and I. Olivieri. 1993. Polymorphism in heterogeneous environments, evolution of habitat selection and sympatric speciation: solft and hard selection models. Evolutionary Ecology 7: 175-198.

  3. de Laguérie, P., I. Olivieri, and P.-H. Gouyon. 1993. Environmental effects on fitness-sets shape and evolutionarily stable strategies. Journal of theoretical Biology 163: 113-125.

  4. Garnier, P., S. Maurice and I. Olivieri. 1993. Costly pollen in maize. Evolution 47: 946-949.

  5. Michalakis, Y., I. Olivieri, F. Renaud and M. Raymond. 1992. Pleitropic action of parasites: how to be good for the host. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 7: 59-62.

  6. Michalakis, Y., and I. Olivieri. 1992. Lack of host races in Larinus latus Herbst (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on Onopordum (Asteraceae: Cardueae): biological control in Australia. Biological control 2: 249-252

  7. Manicacci, D., I. Olivieri, V. Perrot, A. Atlan, P.-H. Gouyon, J.-M. Prosperi, and D. Couvet. 1992. Landscape ecology: population genetics at the metapopulation level. Landscape Ecology 6: 147-159.

  8. de Laguérie, P., I. Olivieri, A. Atlan, and P.-H. Gouyon. 1991. Analytic and simulation models predicting positive genetic correlations between traits linked by trade-offs. Evolutionary Ecology 5: 361-369.

7. Olivieri, I., D. Couvet, and P.-H. Gouyon. 1990. The genetics of transient populations: research at the metapopulation level. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 5: 207-210.

  1. Belhassen, E., M. Beltran, D. Couvet, B. Dommée, P.-H. Gouyon, and I. Olivieri. 1990. Evolution des taux de femelles dans les populations naturelles de thym, Thymus vulgaris L. Deux hypothèses alternatives confirmées. Comptes-Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences Paris 310: 371-375.

  2. Dobkin, D.S., I. Olivieri, and P.R. Ehrlich. 1987. Rainfall and the interaction of microclimate with larval resources in the population dynamics of checkerspot butterflies (Euphydryas editha) inhabiting serpentine grassland. Oecologia, 71: 161-166.

  3. Olivieri, I., 1985. Comparative electrophoretic studies of Carduus pycnocephalus L., C. tenuifolius Curt. (Asteraceae), and their hybrids. American Journal of Botany 72: 715-718.

  4. Couvet, D., P.-H. Gouyon, F. Kjellberg, I. Olivieri, D. Pomente, and G. Valdeyron. 1985. De la métapopulation au voisinage: la génétique des populations en déséquilibre. Génétique, Sélection, Evolution 17: 407-414.

  5. Olivieri, I. 1984. Effect of Puccinia cardui-pycnocephali on Slender thistles (Carduus pycnocephalus and C. tenuiflorus). Weed Science 32: 508-510.

  6. Olivieri, I., M. Swan, and P.-H. Gouyon. 1983. Reproductive system and colonizing strategy of two species of Carduus (Compositae). Oecologia 60: 114-117.

Other publications

Book chapters upon invitation (reviewed)


  1. Olivieri, I. 2010. Génétique des populations et des métapopulations. Pp. 49-78 In: F. Tomas, T. Lefevre et M. Raymond (eds) « Biologie évolutive ». Editions de Boeck.

  2. Olivieri, I. 2010. Théorie synthétique et saltationnisme. In: A. Prochiantz et J.P. Changeux (ed) « Darwin a 100 ans ». Editions Odile Jacob.

  3. Olivieri, I.2009. Dispersal. Pp 224-227 In: R. Gillespie and D. Clague (eds); The Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press

  4. Ronce, O. and I. Olivieri 2004. Life-history evolution in metapopulations. Pp 227-258 In: I. Hanski and O.E. Gaggiotti (eds), Ecology, Genetics, and Evolution of Metapopulations. Academic Press.

  5. Olivieri, I. 2001. The evolution of seed heteromorphism in a metapopulation: interactions between dispersal and dormancy. Pp 245-266 in: J. Silvertown and J. Antonovics (eds), Integrating Ecology and Evolution in a Spatial Context. British Ecological Society Volume, Blackwell Science.

8 Ronce, O., I. Olivieri, J. Clobert and A . Danchin. 2001. Perspectives for the study of dispersal evolution. Pages 341-356 in: J. Clobert, E.Danchin, A.A. Dhont, and J. Nichols, (eds), Dispersal : mechanisms and consequences. Oxford University Press.

  1. Olivieri I. 2000. Preface – Special issue on plant metapopulations. Evolutionary Ecology 14: iii-vii. (éditeur associé pour ce numéro)

  2. Gandon, S., D. Ebert, I. Olivieri, and Y. Michalakis 1998. Differential adaptation in spatially heterogeneous environments and host-parasite coevolution. Pages 325-342 in S. Mopper and S.Y. Strauss (eds), Genetic structure and local adaptation in natural insect populations. Chapman and Hall, New York.

  3. Olivieri, I. and P.-H. Gouyon. 1997. Evolution of migration rate and other traits: the metapopulation effect. Pp 293-323 in: I. Hanski, I. and M.E. Gilpin (eds.), Metapopulation biology : Ecology, Genetics and Evolution. Academic Press.

  4. Olivieri, I., P.-H. Gouyon, and J.-M. Prosperi. 1991. Life cycles of some mediterranean invasive plants. Pp. 145-157 in: R.H. Groves and F. Di Castri, Biogeography of mediterranean invasions, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge.

  5. Valero, M., and I. Olivieri. 1985. Gene flow between adjacent populations of Cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata L.): detailed study of two transects. Pp. 339-354 in: G. Heim, P. Jacquard, J. Antonovics, F. Di Castri, Genetic differentiation and dispersal in plants, Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

  6. Olivieri, I. and P.-H. Gouyon. 1985. Seed dimorphism for dispersal: theory and implications. Pp 77-90 in: J. Haeck and. J. Woldendorp (eds), Structure and functionning of plant populations, North-Holland Pub.-Co, Amsterdam.

  7. Olivieri, I. and A. Berger. 1985. Seed dimorphism for dispersal: physiological, genetic, and demographical aspects. Pp. 413-429 in: P. Jacquard, G. Heim and J. Antonovics (eds), Genetic Differentiation and Dispersal in Plants, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, NATO ASI Series.

Publications of synthesis in grey literature

5. Olivieri, I. and R. Vitalis. 2001. La biologie des extinctions. MS - Med. Sci. 17 (1): 63-69 (cité 5 fois)

4 Colas B, M.Riba, H. Freville, A. Mignot, E. Imbert, C. Petit and I. Olivieri. 2000. Introduction as a way to manage endangered plant species: Case of the Centaurea corymbosa. Rev. Ecol. - Terre et Vie, S7: 133-134

  1. Olivieri I. 1998. Entries for : Androdioecy; Aneuploidy; Anisogamy; Annual Apomixis; Artificial Selection; Assortative Mating; Automixis; Balance of Selective Forces; Biennial Plants; C-Value Paradox; Cleistogamy; Coefficient of Inbreeding; Dioecy; Effective Population Size; Epsitasis; F-Statistics; Gametophyte; Gene Flow; Gene Pool; Genetic Load; Genotype; Gynodioecy; Hard-Weinberg Law; Hermaphrodite; Heritability; Heterosis. The Encyclopedia of Ecology and Environmental Management, Blackwell Science

  2. Prosperi, J.-M., M. Angevain, G. Genier, I. Olivieri, and P. Mansat. 1993. Sélection de nouvelles légumineuses fourragères pour les zones difficiles méditerranéennes. Fourrages, 135: 343-354.

  3. Prosperi, J.-M., I. Olivieri, M. Angevain, and P. Mansat. 1993. Diversité génétique, conservation et utilisation des ressources génétiques des luzernes méditerranéennes. Sauve qui peut, 4: 17-24 (publication INRA).

Publications not reviewed

  1. Olivieri, I. 2001. Peut-on évoluer vers l’extinction ? Biofutur 211: 34-35

  2. Olivieri, I. 1999. Consanguinité et extinctions: la preuve par les papillons. Encyclopedia universalis, 292-293.

  3. Gouyon, P.-H. and I. Olivieri. 1991. Evolution du sexualité. Galerie de l’évolution: 181-185.

  4. Olivieri, I. and P.-H. Gouyon. 1990. Evolution et théorie des jeux. Science et Vie, 173 (n° hors série): 144-146.

  5. Gouyon, P.-H. and I. Olivieri. 1989. Génétique évolutive et théorie des jeux. In B. Asselain, C. Duby, C. Lopez, J.P. Masson and J. Tranchefort, Biométrie et Génétique, Société française de Biométrie, n°8, ENSA Rennes.

  6. Gouyon, P.-H. and I. Olivieri. 1989. Processus génétiques associés aux invasions. Le Courrier du CNRS - Dossiers scientifiques: 78-79.

Book analyses

  1. Donohue, K. and I. Olivieri. 2010. “Dispersal in Plants: A Population Perspective,” by Roger Cousens, Calvin Dytham, and Richard Law. Quarterly Review of Biology 85:92-93.

  2. Olivieri, I., 1999. A Book for the Public. Conservation Biology 13: 688-688. (Analyse de l’ouvrage Life in the balance : humanity and the biodiversity crisis, N. Eldredge).

  3. Olivieri, I., 1991. Analyse de l’ouvrage Plant Population genetics, breeding and genetic resources, A.H.D. Brown, M.T. Clegg, A.L. Kahler and B.S. Weir, eds. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 6-8): 265-266.

  4. Olivieri, I., 1990. Analyse de l’ouvrage Evolutionary Biology of Transient Unstable Populations, A. Fontdevila ed. Springer-Verlag. Acta Oecologia.

  5. Olivieri, I., 1989. Analyse de l’ouvrage Genetic Constraints on Adaptative Evolution, V. Loeshscke, ed., Springer-Verlag, Acta Oecologia.

Proceedings of meetings and congress (refereed)

  1. Mignot, A., S. Glémin, T. Gaude, F. Boilotand I. Olivieri. 2005. Succès reproducteur du chou insulaire (Brassica insularis Morris), espèce endémique auto-incompatible : importance de la dérive génétique Les Actes du BRG 5 : 37-51.

  2. Bailly, X., S. de Mita, I. Olivieri, J.-M. Prosperi, and G. Béna. 2005. Diversité génétique et transferts horizontaux chez Sinorhizobium sp., partenaire symbiotique de Medicago sp.. Les Actes du BRG 5 : 321-333

  3. Vitalis R. , B. Colas, M. Riba, and I. Olivieri . 1998. Marsilea strigosa Willd.: Statut génétique et démographique d’une espèce menacée. Ecologia Mediterranea. 24(2). 1998. 145-157.

  4. Prosperi, J. M., M. Angevain, P. Mansat, and I. Olivieri. 1993. De nouvelles légumineuses fourragères pour les zones difficiles méditerranéennes. Journées AFPF, mars: 2 p.

  5. Olivieri, I., I. Bonnin, M.Gherardi, J.-M. Prosperi, and T. Huguet. 1993. Structuration spatiale de la variabilité génétique chez Medicago truncatula L.: utilisation de marqueurs RAPD. In INRA, Méribel. Séminaire INRA.

  6. Olivieri, I., and P.-H. Gouyon. 1992. Evolution des métapopulations et biodiversité. Actes du Colloque en hommage à Jean Pernès, pp. 329-336.

  7. Olivieri, I. 1991. Application des marqueurs moléculaires à la prospection et à la gestion des ressources génétiques. In INRA, Diversité génétique. Identification variétale, Méribel. Séminaire INRA.

  8. Gouyon, P.-H., I. Olivieri, and X. Reboud. 1991. Les invasions biologiques: un problème de déséquilibre? In PIREN,. pp. 221-228.

  9. Prosperi, J. M., V. Gensollen, I.Olivieri, and P. Mansat. 1989. Observations sur la répartition et l’écologie des luzernes annuelles et du trèfle souterrain en Corse. XVI congrès international des herbages, Nice. pp. 295-296.

7. Olivieri, I., A. Bory, F. Angevain, M. Angevain, J.M. Prosperi, and P. Mansat. 1989. Negative correlations between resource allocation to survival and reproduction: comparisons between annual and perennial species of Medicago for juvenile vigor. XVI International grassland congress, Nice. pp. 195-196.

  1. Ghesquière, M., M.Angevain, and I. Olivieri. 1989. Genotype X density interaction for dry matter yield in alfalfa. XII. Eucarpia congress, Science for Plant Breeding, Göttingen.

  2. Prosperi, J.M., I. Olivieri, M. Angevain, and P. Mansat. 1987. Genetic resources of the genus Medicago. Proc. Eucarpia Fodder Crop Sect. Meet., p. 210. INRA, Lusignan (summary of poster).

  3. Olivieri, I., J.M. Prosperi, and P. Mansat. 1987. Evolutionary genetics and plant breeding strategies. Proc. Eucarpia Fodder Crop Sect. Meet., pp. 125-136. INRA, Lusignan.

  4. Olivieri, I., and J.-M. Prosperi. 1986. Différenciation dans une population continue: notion de voisinage, méthodes de calcul. Séminaire du département de génétique et d’amélioration des plantes, Méribel: INRA. pp. 74-85.

  5. Olivieri, I. 1986. Genotypic and phenotypic correlations between components of fitness in Medicago sativa. Int. Meet. Eucarpia, group Medicago sativa, Pleven, Burgarie.

  6. Groves, R.H., I. Olivieri, and W.T. Parsons. 1984. Survivorship of Carduus spp. in France and Australia. Proc. 4th Int. Conf. Mediterranean Ecosystems, Perth (ed. by B. Dell), pp. 65-66. Botany Dpt, Univ. West Australia, Nedlands.

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