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Caroline HABOLD

CNRS researcher


Ecophysiologie Evolutive

Département Ecologie, Physiologie et Ethologie

23 rue Becquerel
67087 Strasbourg Cedex 2
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Research topics :

Facing energy constraints due to predictable or unpredictable changes in food resources (hibernation, fasting-hyperphagia)

Hibernation is an effective strategy used by endothermic animals to cope with seasonal (predictable) decline in food resources. However, several human (unpredictable) activities have been evoked to disturb the hibernation pattern of some mammals’ species that could be detrimental for their survival. Her research aims at (1) answering questions of fundamental research on the physiological, morphological and behavioral changes in hibernating mammals in highly anthropic environment and (2) generating knowledge and applications to the preservation of the European Hamster, (3) deciphering how some wild animals are able to alternate periods of fasting and hyperphagia without any long-term consequences on their body condition.”

Animal models :

the European hamster (Cricetus cricetus) the Algerian hedgehog (Atelerix algirus)

Short CV :

Ph.D. in Life Sciences (2004, University of Strasbourg, France)
Ph.D. dissertation : Structural and functional restoration of the intestine after a prolonged fast in rats
Habilitation in Life Sciences (2014, University of Strasbourg, France)
Habilitation thesis : Animals’ responses to seasonal declines in food resources

Postdoctoral stages :
Postdoctoral stage (2004-2006, Institute of Pathology, University of Magdeburg, Germany) : Consequences of ROS-induced DNA damage in colorectal cancer cells
Postdoctoral stage (2007-2008, DEPE-IPHC, Strasbourg) : Effects of geophagia on intestinal absorption
Postdoctoral stage (2009-2010, DRS-IPHC, Strasbourg) : Determination of body composition and metabolic fluxes through microcomputed tomography and single photon emission computed tomography.

Member of the Regional ethical committee on animal experimentation
Member of the steering committee of the French Action Plan (2012-2016) for the European Hamster
Member of the Zone Atelier Environnementale Urbaine (ZAEU)
Manager of the DEPE-IPHC animal facility and Biodiversity Station .

Current financial supports :

2012/2016 : French Action Plan (2012-2016) for the European Hamster
2013/2018 : EU Life+ grant : Alsace Life hamster (ALISTER) : Demonstration project to preserve european biodiversity in Alsace
Annual supports from the ZAEU

Collaborations :

CNRS/UdS collaborations : INCI (P. Pévet), Institut de Chimie et Procédés pour l’Energie, l’Environnement et la Santé UMR 7515 (M. Millet), LIVE (C. Weber)

External collaboration : Dr. Chafika MOUHOUB-SAYAH, Faculté des Sciences de la Nature et de la Vie, Université de Béjaia 06000 Béjaia Algérie

Partners for the conservation of the European Hamster : Région Alsace, DREAL Alsace, ONCFS, Chambre d’Agriculture de Région Alsace, GEPMA, Actéon

Ph.D. students :

Mathilde TISSIER