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Ophélie Ronce

CNRS research director Team Metapopulation
Phone +33 (0)4 67 14 32 50
Localization Bâtiment 22, 2ème étage
Mots clés Adaptation life history dispersal metapopulation modelling


I am generally interested in interactions between evolutionary and demographic dynamics. These interactions are central to different research questions related to: the evolution of aging, the evolution of dispersal, local adaptation, ecological niches and species range. I study how spatial structure, disturbances and transient dynamics far from equilibrium affect adaptation of species to changing environments. Most of my research is devoted to theoretical developments, but I am also involved in experimental projects studying adaptation of plants to soil pollution, adaptation of forest trees to changing climates, adaptation of phytophagous spider mites to new host plants, and of bacteria to antibiotic stress.

1. Ronce, O. 2007. How does it feel to be like a rolling stone? Ten questions about dispersal evolution. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 38: 231-253

2. Lopez, S., Rousset, F., Shaw, F. H., Shaw, R. G. and Ronce, O. 2009. Joint effects of inbreeding and local adaptation on the evolution of genetic load after fragmentation. Conservation Biology 23: 1618-1627.

3. Cotto, O. and Ronce, O. 2014. Maladaptation as a source of senescence in habitats variable in space and time. Evolution, 68:2481-2493.

4. Duputié, A., Rutschmann, A., Ronce, O. and Chuine, I. 2015. Phenological plasticity will not help all species adapt to climate change. Global Change Biology 21: 3062-3073.

5. Aguilée, R., Raoul, G., Rousset, F., and Ronce, O. 2016. Pollen dispersal slows geographical range shift and accelerates ecological niche shift under climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 113: E5741-E5748.