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News of the EPE team

  January 2019

Presentations

  • Sandrine Zahn presented the activity of the Support Technic Molecular Biology at an pre-ANR meeting on ground squirrels and marmots the 28-29 of January, a future collaboration between Vincent Viblanc (IPHC), Aurélie Cohas and Benjamin Rey from Lyon 1 University (https://lbbe.univ-lyon1.fr/-Cohas-Aurelie-.html) on social stress and fitness. It particularly concerns the development of telomere and telomerase measurements in these two species.
  • François Criscuolo and Carsten Schradin participated to the Declics (Dialogues Entre Chercheurs et Lycéens pour les Intéresser à la Construction des Savoirs), talking to high school students about research. (http://www.cerclefser.org/fr/declics/)

  December 2018

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Presentations

  • VA Viblanc gave a talk about social effects on individual phenotypes at the Wilhelminenberg Seminars of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology and Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology (University of Vienna)

New grants

  • F Stephen Dobson was appointed a Gutenberg chair.
  • The web page for the LIA Drought is online, a project studying adaptation of striped mice to droughts (C. Schradin).

Visitors

  • Maxime Louzon, a PhD student from the Chrono-Environment lab of the University of Franche-Comté stayed at the IPHC and worked for two weeks (26 November-7 December) in the molecular lab with Sandrine Zahn to set-up telomere measurements on Helix aspersa to assess the effect of age and pollutants on ageing in gastropods, a collaboration established with Sylvie Massemin (IPHC-DEPE, Adage team).

Congratulation

  • Congratulations to F Stephen Dobson for joining the team as USIAS professor and to Sebastian Sosa for joining the team as post-doctoral fellows !

  November 2018

Publications

Presentations

Media coverage

  • Les fourmis savent éviter les épidémies. Le Temps, 22 nov 2018

Visitors

  • Peter Kappeler from the German Primate Centre in Göttingen gave a talk at the BEEPSS about “Adult sex ratios and lemur sex roles”
  • Damien Farine Metcalfe from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfszell, Germany, gave a talk at the BEEPSS about “Simple rules and complex consequences in animal societies”
  • Guilaume Dezecacge from the Institute Jean Nicod , gave a talk at the BEEPSS about “Alarm calling and response to danger in humans and chimpanzees”

  October 2018

Publications

Presentations

  • Schradin, C. 18. October 2018. Intraspecific variation in social organization. Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology Symposium Strasbourg BEEPSS, invited plenary talk.
  • Letang, B. Impact de la castration et du contexte d’hébergement sur la force des liens sociaux au sein des groupes captifs des gorilles des plaines de l’ouest : implications pour la gestion de la population, 31 ème conférence SFDP (Société Francophone De Primatologie), 19-19 octobre 2018, Paris.
  • Sueur, C., Pelé, M., Quque, M., Massemin, S. 2018. Intervention à la fête de la Science de Strasbourg : Fourmi-dable.
  • Wenger, M., Gascard, M. Sueur, C.Parties de chasse, 2018 October 13, Stimultania, Strasbourg

Media coverage

New grants

  • Royal Society International Exchange Grant (£6000) with Neeltje Boogert (University of Exeter) as PI and Vincent A Viblanc as Co-PI. Reproduction and ageing in times of social turmoil in the zebra finch.
  • C. Schradin received a grant of CHF 30 000 from the Promotor Stiftung (Lichtenstein) via the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich. The grant is to support the research at the Succulent Karoo Research Station for the next 3 years (Project : “Ermöglicht soziale Flexibilität eine Anpassung an Klimaschwankungen ?”, i.e. whether social flexility allows individuals to adapt to variation in climatic conditions).

Visitors

Neil Metcalfe from the University of Glasgow gave a talk at the BEEPSS about “The causes and consequences of individual variation in metabolic rate

  September 2018

Publications

Presentations

  • Sueur, C. 2018. Les données de l’écologie, de la biologie, de l’anthropologie et des neurosciences et leur impact sur la compréhension du monde animal. Droit et animaux, Rencontres de la Société de législation comparée : dialogue franco-italien. 21 septembre, Paris.
  • Schradin, C. 21. September 2018. Intraspecific variation in social organization. International Student Course in Behavioral Biology, University Paris 13, invited plenary talk.

Media coverage

New grants

  • LIA DROUGHT : The INEE / CNRS approved a LIA (Laboratoire international associé) between the IPHC-DEPE, the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Museum in Bloemfontein, and the Succulent Karoo Research Station to study the effects of droughts on population dynamics and sociality in Rhabdomys. From the EPE, C. Schradin and G. Lemonier participate in this LIA. The LIA will start in 2019 and is for 3 years.

Visitors and visits

  • Prof. Loren Hayes from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga visited the DEPE for one week to work together with C. Schradin and to present at the BEEPSS.
  • Fernanda de la Fuente. PhD student at the Ethnobiology and Conservation Program of Rural Federal University of Pernambuco (UFRPE),in Brazil studying social foraging in Callithrix jacchus (common marmoset) is visiting the EPE for two months.
  • We would like to thank our collaborator, Dr. Benjamin Rey from the University of Lyon I (https://lbbe.univ-lyon1.fr/-Rey-Benjamin-.html) for hosting Sandrine Zahn in his laboratory (10 – 21st September) to work on the measure of telomerase activity by Droplet Digital qPCR in marmots.
  • Jeffrey Roth, PhD student from Auburn University, USA, visit the EPE for 8 months. He is working together with Vincent Viblanc about the effects of parasite load on fitness in Columbian ground squirrels.

Congratulation

  • Congratulations to Gildas Lemonnier whose employment at the CNRS will be made permanent after the first year of his employment has finished.
  • Congratulations to Mégane Jeannelle (BTS Biotechnologies Jean-Rostand) who did her 7 weeks internship last May and June in the biomolecular laboratory, supervised by Sandrine Zahn and working on the methodology of sexing little owl chicks, using feather-extracted DNA and qPCR.