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.
Our team studies also theoretical models to understand, for example the impact of fragmentation on the evolution of landscapes: dispersal behavior, patterns of local adaptation and so one. Modeling helps to understand the particular change in disturbance regimes and fragmented habitats.