Skills and research interests

Major research interests:

  •  Studying ties between plants biodiversity and ecology
  •  Taxonomy, phylogenetics and biogeography of several hyperdiverse plant groups (e.g. Euphorbia L. in Madagascar, Solanum L. in the Old World)
  •  Deciphering the evolutionary history and the origin of the morphological/ecological plasticity of the wild relatives of the aubergine (high-throughput NGS data)

Key skills:

  • Extensive use of molecular tools and software applied to phylogenetics and taxonomy
    (e.g. DNA extraction/amplification; phylogenetic reconstruction; molecular dating with fossil calibration; DNA barcoding)
  • Specialist of plant morphoanatomy (species descriptions and taxonomic revisions)
  • Experienced in analysing different types of data (e.g. phylogenetic, morphological and
    climatic data) and ability to conduct statistical comparative analyses (R scripting)
  • Skilled in production, treatment and analysis of high-throughput NGS data for comprehensive large-scale phylogenies (assembly, control quality and annotation)
  • Highly skilled in the organisation and management of collecting field trips in tropical countries (Madagascar, Thailand, India)
  • Ability to write and contribute to scientific papers in every type of peer-rewied journals
  • Good communication skills and ability to develop positive and productive relationships in an international and multicultural context (e.g. successful involvements in several global research projects: EuphORBia PBI project, Solanum PBI project, French National Agency for Research project Evorange “6ème extinction”)
  • Extensive experience in teaching (lectures and tutorials at Master level, elaboration of pedagogical support, public engagement) and student supervision (BTS, Licence and Master levels) ; cf. see Teaching and Student supervision
  • Strong taxonomical and natural history background, useful to develop a rapid knowledge of the floristic diversity of a given area (including in the tropics)
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