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Ethologie et Physiologie Evolutive (EPE)
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Physiology, Evolution and Behaviour (PEB)
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Evolution and Behaviour Team

We understand physiology and behaviour as evolved traits with fitness consequences, which can only be understood when animals are studied in their natural environment. We have long-term field sites in North America, Europe, Africa, and in the Subantarctic. This is supplemented with studies under controlled laboratory conditions. The principal aim of our team is to understand how organisms cope with arising trade-offs (I. mechanisms) and the resulting fitness consequences (II. evolution).

We are especially interested in social evolution and the ultimate consequences as well as proximate mechanisms of group-living. We study all aspects of social systems, which means the social organisation, social structure (social networks), and mating system of free living animals. One aim of our team is in understanding the co-evolution between sociality and life history traits ; one focus is on the mechanisms acting against aging.

In sum, our team studies animals` (including human`s) evolutionary trade-offs to succeed in a changing world via physiological, behavioural, and social plasticity.

Francois Criscuolo

 
Francois Criscuolo studies aging, a very complex and multi-factorial process that is largely variable, both at the inter-specific and at the inter-individual level.
 
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Francois Criscuolo studies aging, a very complex and multi-factorial process that is largely variable, both at the inter-specific and at the inter-individual level. As head of the Molecular Biology Laboratory, he mainly focuses on telomere erosion a cellular ageing process largely conserved over animals. Using this tool, the main goal of his research is to contribute to a better understanding of the origin of the great diversity of ageing rates that results from evolution, by trying to uncover the mechanisms (i.e. molecular, cellular and physiological) that shape the life-history trade-offs in different environments and social organizations.
 
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Gildas Lemonnier

 
Gildas Lemonnier is managing data collection at the Succulent Karoo Research Station in South Africa (SKRS) and running the respirometry laboratory at both the DEPE and SKRS.
 
Page of SKRS : http://stripedmouse.com/

Gildas Lemonnier spends every year several months at the Succulent Karoo Research Station (SKRS) in South Africa. He is in charge of the research and technical management of the research station and contributing to data collection for the striped mouse project. He runs the respirometry laboratory both at SKRS and at the DEPE. At the DEPE, he is involved in several other local field studies in the Alsace.
 
Page of SKRS : http://stripedmouse.com/

Carsten Schradin

 
Carsten Schradin wants to understand how animals can cope with a changing world via behavioural and physiological flexibility, which are a product of evolution.
 
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Carsten Schradin wants to understand how animals can cope with a changing world via behavioural and physiological flexibility, which are a product of evolution. He is especially interested in how his study organism, African striped mice (Rhabdomys pumilio), can cope with droughts, which are predicted to increase in future in severity and frequency due to climate change.
 
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Cédric Sueur

 
Cédric Sueur is working on social networking and decision-making in animal groups.
 
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Cédric Sueur is working on social networking and decision-making in animal groups. He aims to understand how intrinsic characteristics such as age, stress, physiology or nutrient requirements impact the social centrality of individuals and at an upper-level, the social network. His subjects are going from insects (ants and fruitflies) to primates including humans. Cédric Sueur focuses his research on diffusion of information and disease and evolution of social networks using empirical observations, behavioural experiments and modelling.
 
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Vincent A. Viblanc

 
Vincent A. Viblanc is interested in understanding the evolution of group living and how social x genetic influences shape individual phenotype.
 
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Vincent A. Viblanc is interested in understanding the evolution of group living and how social x genetic influences shape individual phenotype. He uses both life history and experimental approaches in the wild as complementary frameworks to assess the bidirectional links between social environments, individual phenotype and fitness (including trans-generational consequences). His work is carried out on a range of group living vertebrates including birds (penguins, zebra finches), mammals (ground squirrels) and fish (gilt-head seabream, orbicular batfish).
 
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Sandrine Zahn

 
Sandrine Zahn is presently managing several innovative methodological projects on ageing measurements.
 
Molecular Biology Laboratory Page : Biologie moléculaire

Sandrine Zahn is presently managing several innovative methodological projects on ageing measurements. She is an engineer in molecular biology, with a strong background in PCR and qPCR methodology which she specifically adapted at the DEPE for several purposes such as telomere length amplification, gene expression and molecular sexing. She is in charge of the Molecular Biology Laboratory, under the supervision of F Criscuolo.
 
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