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Previous EpE news

Dernière mise à jour : jeudi 4 août 2016, par Brigitte GAILLARD

  January 2016



  • Valéria Romano, Julie Duboscq, Cédric Sueur, Andrew MacIntosh. Social networks as a trade-off between optimal information transmission and reduced disease transmission. Poster presentation at the mini-conference on Social Network Analysis, 6th of January. University of Oxford. UK.

Media coverage


  • Valéria Romano and Ivan Puga-Gonzalez attended the mini-conference and workshop on Social Network Analysis, 6th-8th of January. University of Oxford. UK.
  • The PhD representatives of the IPHC, including Valéria Romano, organized the local contest "My thesis in 180s". 28th of January. IPHC Student Symposium.
  • Carsten Schradin finished teaching the course “Conflict and Cooperation” at the Hector Akademie Kehl where he was teaching highly gifted primary school kids about behavioural ecology and evolution.
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Carsten Schradin at the Hector Akademie Kehl

  November 2015



  • Francois Criscuolo, Quentin Schull, Pierre Bize, Sandrine Zahn, Jean-Patrice Robin & Vincent Viblanc Growth and sexual signalling in penguins ; links to telomere. Telomere Workshop, Drymen, Glasgow University.
    Ropert-Coudert Y., Kato A., Meyer X.*, Pellé M., MacIntosh A.J.J., Angelier F., Chastel O., Widmann M., Arthur B., Raymond B., Raclot T. Our Iceberg may not be melting but the wind is definitely turning ! 2nd World Seabird Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, October 26-30 2015. Poster.
    *Presenting author
  • Meyer X., MacIntosh A.J.J., Kato A., Chiaradia A., Mattern T., Sueur C., Ropert-Coudert Y. Shallow divers in deep waters : does bathymetry lead to behavioural stochasticity ? 2nd World Seabird Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, October 26-30 2015. Oral Presentation


  • Redouan Bshary from the University of Neuchatel visited the EPE on the 5th of November and gave a talk in the BEEPSS on “Marine cleaning mutualism : from game theory to endocrinology and cognition”.
  • Rebecca Rimbach, postdoc from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) visited the EPE for six weeks. She is co-mentored by Carsten Schradin and worked together with Alexandre Zahariev and Isabelle Chery in the isotope laboratory of Stephane Blanc to measure daily energy expenditure in free ranging striped mice. She presented her work at the BEEPSS on the 12th of November.

  October 2015


  September 2015



  • S Blanc Journée du DGR d’Anthropologie Biologique, Marseille 25 septembre 2015 - Inadaptations de l’Homme à son environnement moderne : exemple de la sédentarité
  • A Bergouignan Colloque Mutations Alimentaires, Paris CNRS Vendredi 17 septembre 2015 - La régulation de la balance énergétique chez l’Homme
  • S Blanc Conseil Scientifique du CNRS, Paris Jeudi 24 septembre- - Apports des modèles animaux exotiques en biologie : exemple du PEPS EXOMOD.

New grants

  • Financements pour l’appel à réseaux 2015 du Réseau National des Systèmes Complexes (PI : Cédric Sueur, 2015)
  • Idex Initiative d’Excellence Sciences et Sociétés, projet : japon, des singes et des hommes (PI : Cédric Sueur, 2015
  • ANR (Agence National de la Recherche) Programme de Recherche Collaborative HANC (PI : Cédric Sueur ; 2015-2018)


  August 2015


  • Grosbellet E, Dumont S, Schuster-Klein C, Guardiola-Lemaitre B, Pévet P, Criscuolo F and Challet E (2015) Circadian phenotyping of obese and diabetic db/db mice. Biochimie.
  • Grosbellet E, Zahn S, Arrivé M, Dumont S, Gourmelen S, Pévet P, Challet E and Criscuolo F (2015) Circadian desynchronization triggers premature cellular aging in a diurnal rodent. The FASEB Journal, 14-266817.
    Grosbellet E, Dumont S, Schuster-Klein C, Guardiola-Lemaitre B, Pévet P, Criscuolo F and Challet E (2015) Leptin modulates the daily rhythmicity of blood glucose. Chronobiology International, 32 (5), 637-649.
  • Hill, D., Pillay, N. & Schradin, C. 2015. Alternative reproductive tactics in female striped mice : heavier females are more likely to breed solitary than communally. Journal of Animal Ecology.
  • Meyer X., MacIntosh A.J.J., Kato A., Chiaradia A., Ropert-Coudert Y. (2015) Hydrodynamic handicaps and organizational complexity in the foraging behaviour of two free-ranging penguin species. Animal Biotelemetry, 3:25 doi:10.1186/s40317-015-0061-8
  • Schoepf, I., Kenkel, W. & Schradin, C. 2015. Arginine vasopressin in brains of free ranging striped mouse males following alternative reproductive tactics, Journal of Ethology.
  • Stier A, Delestrade A, Bize P, Zahn S, Criscuolo F and Massemin-Challet S. (2015) Investigating how telomere dynamics, growth and life history covary along an elevation gradient in two passerine species. Journal of Avian Biology.


  • Criscuolo F : Co-organization with Prof Pat Monaghan of the symposium : Telomeres and life histories at the ICCPB 2015, Krakow. Presentation of a short overview, “Telomeres and life history, an introduction”.

New grants

  • Congratulation to Claire Doutrelant who just received an ANR called “WhyCooperate : Évaluation des mécanismes assurant la fiabilité de la coopération et des bénéfices directs obtenus par les coopérateurs » in which Criscuolo F is happy to be included as collaborators for ageing rate measurements.

  July 2015


New grants

  • Sueur, C. ANR financement/funding, Appel générique 2015, programme de recherche collaborative, projet HANC (Healthy Aging and Networks in Cities) (445 000 euros)

  June 2015


  • Yuen, C.H., Pillay, N., Heinrichs, M. Schoepf, I., Schradin, C. 2015. Personality does not constrain social and behavioural flexibility in African striped mice. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.
  • Leptin modulates the daily rhythmicity of blood glucose. Edith Grosbellet, Stephanie Dumont, Carole Schuster-Klein, Beatrice Guardiola-Lemaitre, Paul Pevet, François Criscuolo, Etienne Challet. Chronobiology International 2015, 32, 5, 637-649.(doi:10.3109/07420528.2015.1035440)


  • J. Duboscq, V. Romano, A. MacIntosh, C. Sueur. A social network perspective on macaque social styles. Invited talk, Symposium "Primate Social and Biological Networks", 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend (OR), USA, 17th-20th June. Oral presentation.
  • J. Duboscq, V. Romano, C. Sueur, A. MacIntosh. Investigating infection risk and sociality : centrality interacts with seasonality to predict lice load in free-ranging Japanese macaques, Macaca fuscata. 38th meeting of the American Society of Primatologists, Bend (OR), USA, 17th-20th June. Oral presentation.
  • Valéria Romano, Julie Duboscq, Cécile Sarabian, Elodie Thomas, Cédric Sueur & Andrew MacIntosh. Modelling infection transmission in primate networks to predict centrality-based risk. XXXV Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis. Brighton, UK.

New grants

  • Visit and collaboration with Rémi Patin (ENS, Paris) and Simon Chamaillé (CEFE, Montpellier) on leadership, vigilance and predation in zebras, granted by the GDR Ecostat.


  • Thanks to Nicolas Busser for his pictures of the ringing day of Little Owl, a collaborative program on the preservation of Alsatian populations between the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux, the CNRS and a great number of bird watchers.

  May 2015

Publications :

  • Schradin, C., Pillay, N., Kondratyeva, A., Chi-Hang, Y., Schoepf, I., Krackow, S. 2015. Basal blood glucose concentration in free living striped mice is influenced by food availability, ambient temperature and social tactic. Biology Letters 11.

Presentations :

  • Meyer X. , MacIntosh A.J.J., Kato A., Chiaradia A., Sueur C., Ropert-Coudert Y. Hydrodynamic handicaps imposed by animal-attached recording devices alter structural complexity of penguin dive sequences. 11th Ecology & Behaviour meeting, Toulouse, France, May 18-21 2015. Oral presentation.

New grants :

  • S Blanc -Functional and metabolic consequences of ectopic fat storage during bed rest : A mechanistic and kinetic approach further testing an anti-oxidant anti-inflammatory dietary mix as countermeasure - CNES
  • Audrey Maille : SFECA (Socitété francaise pour l‘étude du comportement animal) - Bourse de participation à la conférence internationale Behaviour, Physiology and Genetics of Wildlife (Berlin, Septembre 2015)


  • PhD Defence - Floriane RUDWILL -Conséquences d’une simulation d’impesanteur de21 jours chez l’homme sur le métabolisme des lipides et effets d’une supplémentation en protéines testée comme contremesure.

Other :

  • Good bye to Mathilde Arrivé who is leaving the EPE (and DEPE) to join the IBMP in Strasbourg. We very much appreciated working together with her and wish her all the best at her new place.

  April 2015

Publications :

  • Becker PJJ, Reichert S, Zahn S, Hegelbach J, Massemin S, Keller LF, Postma E and Criscuolo F. 2015. Offspring telomere length resembles that of their nest mates but is not heritable in white-throated dippers. Proc. Roy. Soc. London B.,
  • Grosbellet E, Gourmelen S, Pévet P, Criscuolo F and Challet E. 2015 Leptin normalizes photic synchronization in male ob/ob mice via indirect effects on the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Endocrinology 156 (3) : 1080-1090.
  • Hill, D. L., Pillay, N. & Schradin, C. 2015. Alternative reproductive tactics in female striped mice : Solitary breeders have lower corticosterone levels than communal breeders. Hormones and Behavior, 71, 1-9.
  • New and first french book on Social network analysis !!! Analyse des réseaux sociaux appliquée à l’éthologie et l’écologie


  • Julie Duboscq, Cristian Pasquaretta and Cédric Sueur organised a symposium and a workshop on Social Network Analysis at SFECA2015 congress, April 21-24
  • Rojas E.R., Sueur C., Henry P.-Y., Doligez B., Wey G., Dehorter O. & Massemin S. 23 April 2015. Étude de la dynamique métapopulationnelle chez la cigogne blanche. Annual SFECA meeting, Strasbourg, France.
    (2nd Prize for the best PhD student’s presentation)
  • Schradin, C. 22. April 2015. Intra-specific variation in social organisation by genetic variation, developmental plasticity, social flexibility or entirely extrinsic factors. Plenary talk. Annual SFECA meeting, Strasbourg, France.
  • Cédric Sueur, Invited speaker and methods’ teacher at the workshop "Animal Social Networks in Behavioural Research", 27-28 April 2015, Neuchâtel University


  • Prof. Loren Hayes, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA, visited C. Schradin for 10 days, to work on a comparative analysis of the evolution of intra-specific variation in social organization, to organize a special issue in the Journal of Mammalog on long-term studies in mammals, and to work on a scientific network of researchers doing long-term studies in mammals.


  • Culture and communication in primates, Les travaux de Cédric Sueur dans Le Journal du CNRS

  March 2015


  • Sandrine Zahn participated to a workshop AVITOX in Tromso, with the Norwegian polar institute and Ove Bustnes the 24/25 of February, about the effect of pollutants on health markers of wild birds in the arctic, among which telomeres.
  • Meyer X. , MacIntosh A.J.J., Kato A., Chiaradia A., Sueur C., Ropert-Coudert Y. Fractal time series analysis : new insight into ecological processes. 1res journées du GDR Ecostat, Lyon, France, March 12-13 2015. Oral presentation

  February 2015


  • Valéria Romano, Julie Duboscq, Cécile Sarabian, Elodie Thomas, Cédric Sueur & Andrew J.J. MacIntosh. Modelling infection transmission in primate networks to predict centrality-based risk. Annual Doctoral School Days 2015. Strasbourg, February 26th.


  • Congratulations to Sophie Reichert and Antoine Stier for their Marie Curie grants two years postdoc projects with Virpi Lumaa (Sheffield University) and Neil Metcalfe (University of Glasgow), respectively. Both starting in 2015.
  • Antoine Stier will receive the 27th of February the Thesis Price of the Biological Society of Strasbourg, at the University of Strasbourg.


  January 2015


  • Agostini N, Panuccio M. and Pasquaretta C. (2015) Morphology, flight performance and water crossing tendency of migrating Afro-Palearctic raptors. Current Zoology 61.
  • Plot V, de Thoisy B, Georges JY (2015) Dispersal and dive patterns during the post-nesting migration of olive ridley turtles from French Guiana. Endangered Species Research 26 : 221-234.
  • Marine Battesti, Cristian Pasquaretta, Celine Moreno, Serafino Teseo, Dominique Joly, Elizabeth Klensch, Odile Petit, Cedric Sueur, Frederic Mery. Ecology of information : social transmission dynamics within groups of non-social insects, Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences, DOI : 10.1098/rspb.2014.2480

New grants

  • C. Sueur : Bourse de mobilité PHC Tournesol France-Belgique, Minsitères des Affaires Etrangères, Partenariat Cédric Sueur-Jean-Louis Deneubourg


  December 2014


  • Giroud S, Zahn S, Criscuolo F, Chery I, Blanc S, Turbill C, Ruf T. Late-born intermittently-fasted juvenile garden dormice use torpor to grow prior to hibernation : consequence for ageing processes. Proc. Roy. Soc. London B
  • Grosbellet E1, Gourmelen S, Pévet P, Criscuolo F, Challet E. Leptin normalizes photic synchronization in male ob/ob mice, via indirect effects on the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Endocrinology


  • Ikki Matsuda, Primate research institute, Kyoto University, seminar 4th of December at the DEPE
  • Erica van de Waal, St-Andrew University, seminar 8th of December at the DEPE


  • Congratulation to Edith Grosbellet, who defended successfully her thesis the 5th of December 2014, in co-direction (Etienne Challet (INCI), Strasbourg and F Criscuolo). Her subject, “Relationships between circadian disruptions and metabolic disorders” contains a part on jet-lag effects on and ageing parameters (telomere and oxidative stress) in the diurnal grass rat Arvicanthis.

  November 2014


Rudwill F1, Bergouignan A, Gastebois C, Gauquelin-Koch G, Lefai E, Blanc S, Simon C Effect of enforced physical inactivity induced by 60-d of bed rest on hepatic markers of NAFLD in healthy normal-weight women. Liver International, in press

Schoepf, I., Schmohl, G., König, B., Pillay, N. & Schradin, C. 2015. Manipulation of population density and food availability affects home range sizes of African striped mouse females. Animal Behaviour, 99, 53-60. This article has been highlighted as a In Focus article

Stier, A., Massemin, S. & Criscuolo, F. 2014. Chronic mitochondrial uncoupling treatment prevents acute cold-induced oxidative stress in birds. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 184, 1021-1029.


S. Reichert, P. Bize, M. Arrivé, S. Zahn, S. Massemin, F. Criscuolo. Experimental increase in telomere length leads to faster feather regeneration. Taking into account the whole telomeric system. International workshop of telomere dynamics, Glasgow 2014.

C. Sueur 11th November : seminar at the Bristol complexity sciences center

C. Sueur 20th November : presentation of SNAAS (Social Network Analysis for Animal Socieites group) at the French National Netwrk for Complex Systems (Mulhouse).


To Philipp Becker, University of Zürich, who defended his thesis called “The evolutionary genetics of dispersal” successfully the 31th of October. A part of his work has been done on inbreeding and individual variability in telomere length in dippers with the DEPE (Francois Criscuolo).

  October 2014


Glaser, D. & Schradin, C. 2014. The effects of compounds tasting sweet to humans in a malagasy gecko (Phelsuma madagascariensis grandis). ChemoSense, 16, 3-14.

Stier, A., Massemin, S. & Criscuolo, F. (2014). Chronic mitochondrial uncoupling treatment prevents acute cold-induced oxidative stress in birds. J. Comp. Physiol., B in press.


Schradin, C. 1. October 2014. Social flexibility : trade-off between conflict and cooperation. Plenary talk, USIAS Conference : Cooperation as a pillar of biological evolution, Strasbourg, France.


C. Schradin was promoted from Honorary Associate Professor to Honorary Professor at the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

  September 2014


Raynaud, J., Schradin, C., 2014. Corticosterone Levels Correlate With Alloparental Care in a Sex-Dependent Manner in African Striped Mice, Rhabdomys pumilio. Ethology


Rojas, E. September 2014. 1st International White Stork Conference - Zielona Gora (Poland). Spatial and temporal characteristics of dispersal in the French populations of White Storks (Ciconia ciconia)

  August 2014


Friebe A, Evans AL, Arnemo JM, Blanc S, Brunberg S, Fleissner G, Swenson JE, Zedrosser A. Factors affecting date of implantation, parturition, and den entry estimated from activity and body temperature in free-ranging brown bears. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 2 ;9(7):e101410.

Stier, A., Bize, P., Roussel, D., Schull, Q., Massemin, S., Criscuolo, F., 2014. Mitochondrial uncoupling as a regulator of life history trajectories in birds : An experimental study in the zebra finch. The Journal of Experimental Biology.


Blanc, S. 30 June - Tsukuba Space Center - Do we need to revise our approach on physical exercise during space flight

Blanc, S. 1 July - Kagawa private Education Institute of Nutrition - Simulated microgravity models provide mechanistic cues to understand the physiopathology of physical inactivity”

Blanc, S. 2 July - International Symposium on Space Medicine and Nutrition in Tokushima- Hall in Fujii Memorial Institute of Medical Science, Tokushima Univ. "Resveratrol prevents the wasting disorders of mechanical unloading"

Blanc, S. 3 July- Otsuka Pharmaceutical - Metabolic adaptations to bed rest : recent results and hypotheses

Maille, A. & Schradin, C. & July 2014, poster presentation at the International Society for Behavioral Ecology conference in New York, USA. “Influence of drought on attention and spatial memory in wild African striped mice (Rhabdomys pumilio)”

Schoepf, I., Schradin, C. & Pillay, N. July 2014, poster presentation at the International Society for Behavioral Ecology conference in New York, USA. “Evolutionary consequences of physiological adaptation to droughts in the African striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio)”


To Dr. S. Blanc who was appointed corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics

To Dr. S. Blanc who was appointed director by interim of the French Hub of the Executive Secretariat of the international program Future Earth

To Mikko Lehto Hürlimann for his public defense entitled : “Evolutionary and ecological significance of non-shivering thermogenesis in the common vole”, that took place the 27 August 2014 at the University of Lausanne. We collaborate with Mikko on different aspects of his thesis, with to date one common publication

To Dr. Antoine Stier who started a postdoc position in Anger University from 1st of September and to Dr. Sophie Reichert who started a one-year position at Glasgow University.

  July 2014


Reichert S, Rojas ER, Zahn S, Robin JP, Criscuolo F and Massemin S. 2014. Maternal telomere length inheritance in the king penguin. Heredity. doi:10.1038/hdy.2014.60

Schradin, C., Raynaud, J., Arrive, M. & Blanc, S. Leptin levels in free ranging striped mice (Rhabdomys pumilio) increase when food decreases : The ecological leptin hypothesis. General and Comparative Endocrinology.

This article was highlighted (07/25/14) as “Featured Article” in the Obesity and Energetics Offerings.


Rudwill, F. What are the metabolic adaptations to a 21-d bed rest under thigh energy balance control ? Oral presentation, ISGP conference (life in Space for Life on Earth), Waterloo, Canada.


Floriane Rudwill got a young researcher award for her presentation at the ISGD conference in Waterloo, Canada.

Alexandre Zahariev was successful in this year’s concours and will be promoted to IE.

  June 2014


Ancel A, Cristofari R, Fretwell PT, Trathan PN, Wienecke B, Boureau M, Morinay J, Blanc S, Le Maho Y, Le Bohec C 2014. Emperors in Hiding : When Ice-Breakers and Satellites Complement Each Other in Antarctic Exploration. PLoS One


Rojas, E. R., Henry, P.-Y., Doligez, B. & Massemin, S. Ringing data help to understand dispersal pattern in White Stork (Ciconia ciconia), poster presentation at the 10th Ecology &Behaviour meeting in Montpellier, France. See page 103 in the abstract book.

Blanc, S. & Chantal, S. 35th Annual International Gravitational Physiology Meeting, 13th European Life Sciences Symposium, 1st Aging in Space Symposium : Metabolic adaptions to spaceflight and aging : is physical inactivity a common denominator ? Toronto, Canada.

New grants

Blanc, S. ESA (European Space Agency) : Preliminary and feasibility study for testing the effects of an anti-oxidant anti-inflammatory dietary cocktail as countermeasure during bed rest.


Anna Kondratyeva finished her master thesis (M2) “Ecophysiology of blood glucose levels in South-African striped mice, Rhabdomys pumilio” under the supervision of C. Schradin.


The Succulent Karoo Research Station , of which C. Schradin is the director, got a new logo :

  May 2014


Plumel M, Stier A, Thiercé D, van Dorsselaer A, Criscuolo F and Bertile F. 2014. Litter size manipulation in laboratory mice : an example of how proteomic analysis can uncover new mechanisms underlying the cost of reproduction. Frontiers in Zoology.

Schoepf, I. and C. Schradin. 2014. Arginine vasopressin plasma levels change seasonally in African striped mice but do not differ between alternative reproductive tactics. General and Comparative Endocrinology.

Stier, A., Viblanc, V. A., Massemin-Challet, S., Handrich, Y., Zahn, S., Rojas, E. R., Saraux, C., Le Vaillant, M., Prud’homme, O., Grosbellet, E., Robin, J.-P., Bize, P. & Criscuolo, F. 2014. Starting with a handicap : phenotypic differences between early- and late-born king penguin chicks and their survival correlates. Functional Ecology, 28, 601-611.

Tissier M, Willams TD and Criscuolo F. 2014. Maternal effects underlie ageing costs of growth in the zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata. PLoS One.

New grants

S. Blanc : CNES (French Space Agency) - De novo lipogenesis during physical inactivity induced by dry immersion – analytical aspects.

Coverage in the media

Carsten Schradin commented in The Scientist on a recent Nature paper about infanticide and paternal care in mice.

Visitors to the DEPE / EpE

C. Nater, University of Zurich, external master student from C. Schradin, visited the DEPE the 15th of May and presented a proposal of her master thesis about : "Trait-based demographic model for the African striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio)"

Loren Hayes, professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (USA), visited C. Schradin the 21st of May and gave a very interesting presentation at the DEPE : “Mammalian plural breeding : why bother ?”


J.-Y. Georges defended his habilitation (soutenance de l’HDR de) on the 15th of May. The title of his presentation was :”Des trajectoires écophysiologiques des tortues marines au fonctionnement des écosystèmes marins. ”

S. Reichert got a one year postdoc position at the University of Glasgow (in P Monaghan’s group) to work on avian telomeres.

S. Reichert received a price from the Societe des Amis des Universités de l’Académie de Strasbourg for her PhD thesis. The ceremony will be the 27th of June. Congratulations !!!

  April 2014


Simon C, Kellou N, Dugas J, Platat C, Copin N, Schweitzer B, Hausser F, Bergouignan A, Lefai E, Blanc S. in press. A socio-ecological approach promoting physical activity and limiting sedentary behavior in adolescence showed weight benefits maintained 2.5 years after intervention cessation. Int J Obes (Lond).


Blanc S. Biomedical interest of hibernating species : application for space exploration. Taksha University / NASA, third symposium on integrative medicine. Hampton, USA

Blanc S. Séminaires Quadriennal de Prospectives du CNES. Priorités de recherche en sciences de la vie.

New grants

* Blanc S. CNES (French Space Agency) : Astronauts energy requirements for long term space flight / role of liver and muscle in insulin resistance associated with bed rest / metabolic adaptation during 4 weeks of actual weightlessness in mice / comparative physiology of hibernating bear and bed resting humans.

* Blanc S. ESA/MEDES (European Space Agency/ Space Clinics in Toulouse) : Methods to evaluate real time energy requirements in bed resting humans.

* Blanc S. CNES (French Space Agency) : role of gut de novo lipogenesis in metabolic adaptation to dry immersion in humans.

* Blanc S. ESA/CNES (European Space Agency/ French Space Agency) : Role of dietary anti-oxidant in ectopic fat storage and their functional consequences during bed rest


C. Schradin was ranked 4th of the CNRS concours 2014, DR2, section 26.

C. Schradin joins the Scientific Council of the IPHC

  October 2013

* Congratulations to Mathilde Tissier, who after successfully defended their Master Thesis on maternal effect and ageing profiles in zebra finch chicks, recently started her PhD on the European Hamster physiology and conservation in Caroline Habold’s project.

* Congratulations to Sophie Reichert and Antoine Stier, who both obtained their PhD degree with the highest ranking the 24 and 25th of October.

New accepted publications :

* Reichert, S., Criscuolo, F., Verinaud, E., Zahn, S. & Massemin, S. (2013). Telomere length correlations among somatic tissues in adult zebra finches. PLoS ONE in press.

* Stier, A., Bize, P., Habold, C., Bouillaud, F., Massemin, S. & Criscuolo, F. (2013). Mitochondrial uncoupling prevents cold-induced oxidative stress : a case study using UCP1 knock-out mice. J. Exp. Biol. in press.

* Stier, A., Viblanc, V.A., Massemin, S., Zahn, S., Rojas, E., Saraux, C., Le Vaillant, M., Robin, J.P., Bize, P. & Criscuolo, F. (2013). Starting with a handicap : phenotypic differences between early- and late-born king penguin chicks and their survival correlates. Funct. Ecol. in press.

  September 2013

New books :

Plasticity, Robustness, Development and Evolution Bateson, Patrick 2011
Molecular Ecology Freeland, Joanna R. 2011
The Theory of Evolution Dawkins, Richard 1993
Evolutionary History : Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth Russell, Professor Edmund 2011
Phylogenetic Networks : Concepts, Algorithms and Applications Huson, Daniel H. 2010
Metabolic Ecology : A Scaling Approach Sibly, Richard M.  2012
Evolution in health and disease Stearns, Stephen 2008

  August 2013

* Congratulations to Quentin Schull for his successful defence of his Master thesis and for getting a 3 years PhD grant from the University of Strasbourg and the French Ministry of Research. He will start, in next October, working on parental quality and fitness in king penguin under the supervision of JP Robin (IPHC-DEPE) and P Bize (University of Aberdeen)

* F. Criscuolo and Y. Handrich started this summer a collaboration with the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux (LPO), which is dedicated to the study of endangered populations of little hawk in Alsace. The main aim is to establish a long-term data file on couple identity, chick sexing and rate of reproduction and survival over the 5 coming years. See

  May 2013

- Carsten Schradin :

* 14th May : PhD defence of Ivana Schopef at the Universits of Zurich

* 16th May : Professor Nancy Solomon from Miami University, USA, will visit the DEPE and give a talk about the vasopressin receptor 1a in prairie voles.

* Audrey Maill from the University of Rennes has been accepted as new postdoc. She will start in September.

* Two papers accepted : Hormones and Behaviour and Journal of Zoology

  April 2013

- The first year study of effects on polluants on great tits reproduction and growth patterns has started in two different sites of the city of Strasbourg. The aim is to evaluate how urban pollution modulates life-history of this common bird species. The program is managed by Sylvie Massemin-Challet.

- 22 april : France 3 Alsace - TV show.

- 23-26th of April : Congratulations to the PhD students of the DEPE who successfully organised the 9th Ecology and Behaviour meeting in Strasbourg. Around 100 peoples participated from several countries from and outside Europe, the meeting being free for students (with free food and accommodation). Plenary lectures (among others) from Richard Phillips (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge), Pierre Bize (Unil), Jean-Michel Gaillard (CNRS Lyon), Yvon Le Maho (CNRS Strasbourg), Frédéric Angelier (CNRS Chizé) and Jean-Louis Deneubourg (Free University of Brussels) have been given.

- Mathilde Tissier is back from her work in Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, where she has done experiments on maternal effects with Pr. T.D. Williams. Her Master 2 is devoted to understand how maternal hormones affect ageing processes in zebra finches.

- Jean Patrice Robin and Caroline Habold are going to give a talk at the Béjaïa University, Algeria.

- Carsten Schradin :

* Paper published in Philos Trans Roy Soc :

* Defence of his PhD student Julien Raynaud the 10th of April in Zurich

* Visit by two candidates for his postdoc position in eco-physiology of cognition : mini-symposium 22nd April, 13:00-14:30 (DEPE library)

* Erection of two new buildings at his research station : a flat for the research station manager and an experimental room for the new postdoc

  March 2013

Congratulations to Floriane Rudwill for her presentation of the half-thesis defence done in presence of Pr D O’Gorman (Dublin University) and for her paper “Effects of different levels of physical inactivity on plasma visfatin in healthy normal-weight men” published in Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab.

See also the paper of Carsten Schradin “Intraspecific variation in social organization by genetic variation, developmental plasticity, social flexibility or entirely extrinsic factors” recently accepted in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B : Biological Sciences

Other publications of the month :

Sahdo, B., Evans, A.L., Arnemo, J.M., Fröbert, O., Särndahl, E. & Blanc, S. (2013). Body Temperature during hibernation is highly correlated with a decrease in circulating innate immune cells in the brown bear (Ursos arctos) : a common feature among hibernators ? . International Journal of Medical Sciences 10, 508-514.

  February 2013

Publication of the month :

Rudwill, F., Blanc, S., Gauquelin-Koch, G., Chouker, A., Heer, M., Simon, C. & Bergouignan, A. (2013). Effects of different levels of physical inactivity on plasma visfatin in healthy normal-weight men. Appl. Physiol. Nutr. Metab. in press.