I am a researcher in plant biodiversity and evolution. Currently, I am a research assistant at the University of Rennes 1 in the lab ECOBIO where I am teaching in botany and evolution. Research wise, in addition to ‘classical’ taxonomic and phylogenetic work, I am interested in deciphering the origin of the morphological and ecological plasticity of land plants (including crop wild relatives) using morphometrics, species distribution modelling and high-throughput sequencing data (NGS).
Between 2013 and 2016, I was a post-doctoral fellow in tropical Asian spiny solanums (subg. Leptostemonum Bitter) taxonomy and phylogenetics at the Natural History Museum in London with Sandra Knapp. My work is focused on the Tropical Asian Solanum L. species related to the well known aubergine (Solanum melongena L.).
During my PhD at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, I studied the evolution of a giant genus of flowering plants, the genus Euphorbia L. (But… what is a Euphorbia ?). To explore this question I focused mainly on the phylogenetic, biogeographic and ecological aspects of a huge Malagasy radiation of the genus.
Contact me:Xavier Aubriot
Tel: +33 (0)6 23 74 43 93
I wish to thank Agathe Haevermans and the Pôle Dessin du MNHN (Département Systématique et Évolution) for the great background illustrations