2016 Ph.D. in Biology, Université Grenoble - Alpes, Grenoble, with distinctions.
2011 M.Sc. Ecology, Biodiversity, Evolution, École Normale Supérieure d'Ulm, Paris, with distinctions.
2008 B.Sc. Biology, École Normale Supérieure d'Ulm, Paris.

Research Experience

Jan 2018 - Today Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Montpellier, France.
Supervisor: Luis-Miguel Chevin (Ph.D.) Adaptation in response to fluctuating selection: genomic and phenotypic approaches in wild populations.
Starting May 2017 Scientific consultant, Centre for Clinical Investigation, University Hospital, Nancy, France.
Scientific consulting for Dr. Nicolas Girerd regarding the quantitative genetic study of the STANISLAS cohort.
Sep 2016 - Dec 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher, 16 months, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
Supervisor: Anna Santure, PhD & Patricia Brekke, PhD. Predicting the adaptive potential using genomics and quantitative genetics: a case study in the endangered New Zealand hihi (stitchbird; Notiomystis cincta).
Mar - July 2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, 5 months, Laboratoire d'Écologie Alpine, Université Grenoble - Alpes, Grenoble, France.
Supervisor: François Pompanon, PhD. Adaptive genetic and epigenetic patterns in the domesticated sheep (Ovis aries) and goat (Capra hircus).
Jan 2012 - Jan 2016 Ph.D. student, 4 years, Laboratoire d'Écologie Alpine, Université Grenoble - Alpes, Grenoble, France.
Supervisor: Oscar Gaggiotti, PhD & Irène Till-Bottraud, PhD. Methods to study local adaptation and application to the context of high elevation in the Alpine plant Arabis alpina.
Jan - Dec 2011 Research Assistant, 11 months, Laboratoire de biométrie et biologie évolutive (LBBE), Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France.
Supervisor: Blandine Doligez, PhD. Models and methods to estimate heritability in the wild: a simulation study.
Jan - Jun 2010 Research Assistant, 5 months, Simon Blomberg's Lab, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Supervisor: Simon Blomberg, PhD. Bayesian approach integrating phylogenetic uncertainty for comparative methods.
Aug - Dec 2010 Research Assistant, 5 months, Groupe de recherche sur l'Écologie et le Comportement Animal (GRECA), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Montréal, Canada.
Supervisor: Luc-Alain Giraldeau, PhD. Study of animal personality in the context of sexual selection.
Feb - Jun 2009 Research Assistant, 4 months, David Reznick's Lab, University of California - Riverside, Riverside, California (U.S.A.).
Supervisor: Andrés Lopèz-Sepulcre, PhD. Predator functional responses under intra- and inter-specific interference competition.
June - July 2008 Research Assistant, 2 months, Laboratoire Écologie, Systématique, Évolution (ESE), Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France.
Supervisor: Jean-Michel Guillon, PhD. Evolution of dispersal and sex ratio in a stapially and temporally variable environment.

Research Interests

Genetics of adaptation Evolutionary Ecology
Quantitative Genetics Population Genomics



Evolutionary Biology Quantitative Genetics Population genomics Ecology Phylogenetic Comparative Analysis
Probabilities Linear Algebra Analysis


Bayesian statistics Generalised Linear Mixed Models (GLMM) Statistical genetics
Bioinformatics and data management
R, Awk, BASH Shell SAMtools/BCFtools, FASTQC, BWA, FreeBayes, Blast, Stacks, Gowinda, simuPOP C/C++, Python, Matlab
GNU/Linux, MacOS X, Windows
LATEX, HTML, Office/LibreOffice





19 articles (12 as first author), 2 book chapters.
600 citations in total, best article at 140 citations
Referee for:
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Molecular Ecology, Evolution Letters, New Phytologist, Systematic Biology, Molecular Ecology Resources, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Evolution, PCI Evolutionary Biology, Heredity, Evolutionary Applications, PLoS ONE, Journal of Heredity, Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, Tree Genetics & Genomes.

Software development

2015 BayeScEnv, , A software to detect genotypic loci under selection.
2016 QGglmm, , An R package to compute quantitative genetics parameters from GLMM inferences.

Scientific communications


February 2019 Symposium, SMBE Satellite Meeting, Vienne, Austria.
Local adaptation to spatio-temporal variation in salinity in the halotolerant micro-algae Dunaliella salina.
August 2018 Congress, Evolution 2018, Montpellier, France.
Suitable is not optimal : evaluating the adaptive potential and evolutionary optima of a threatened bird species (the hihi, Notiomystis cincta) using pedigree-based and molecular data.
June 2018 Invited seminar, AGAP team, CIRAD, Montpellier.
Quantitative genetics methods depending on the nature of the phenotypic trait.
October 2016 Congress, SFÉcologie 2016, Marseilles, France.
Local adaptation along an elevation-related resource gradient in the alpine plant Arabis alpina. (Talk given by Irène Till-Bottraud following logistic issues to attend the colloquium).
April 2015 Invited seminar, Lab seminar, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
A brief check-up on the genome scan methods to detect local adaptation
August 2014 Congress, Petit Pois Déridé, Orsay, France.
BayeScEnv: A new F2#2-based method to uncover local adaptation using environmental variable
April 2014 Invited seminar, Behaviour and Evolution seminar, Bielefeld, Germany.
A rief check-up on the genome scan methods to detect local adaptation
June 2013 Workshop, Software and Statistical Methods for Population Genetics, Aussois, France.
Genome scan methods against more complex models: when and how much should we trust them?
August 2012 Congress, Petit Pois Déridé, Avignon, France.
Heritability of Gaussian and binary traits: a simulation study of estimation methods.


August 2017 Symposium, Detecting the Genomic Signal of Polygenic Adaptation and the Role of Epistasis in Evolution, Zürich, Switzerland.
Common gardens and population genomics to detect adaptive loci on non-model species: Concepts and example on Arabis alpina.
August 2017 Congress, ESEB 2017, Gröningen, Netherlands.
Adaptive potential and laying date in a threatened bird: the hihi.
August 2015 Congress, ESEB 2015, Lausanne, Switzerland.
BayeScEnv: a new FST-based method to uncover local adaptation using environmental variables.
May 2015 SMBE satellite meeting, Investigating biological adaptation with NGS: data and models, Montpellier, France.
BayeScEnv: a new FST-based method to uncover local adaptation using environmental variables.

Teaching Experience

Formed to teach in higher education during my Ph.D. (“Research and high education teaching” Ph.D. label) with 128 hours of teaching and 20 days of pedagogical and professional formations. Times below are actual hours per group and per year.
Quantitative genetics, local adaptation and divergence between populations (1.5h)
Master 2
Genome scans to detect selection (1.5h)
Master 2
Introduction to Quantitative Genetics (3h)
Master 1
Introduction to Quantitative Genetics (3h)
Master 1
Biostatistics (21h)
License 3
Biodiversity (4.5h)
License 3
Plant Anatomy (28h)
License 1
GNU R tutorial (12h)
Master 1
Organisation of the lab internal trainings for statistics and the R software.
Training “Quantitative genetics and the animal model” (University Hospital, Nancy, France)
2 days of training
Paper tutorial
Estimation of a biological trait heritability using the animal model: How to use the R package MCMCglmm

Management & Organisation

PhD Students
Currently co-advisor for a PhD student in the University of Auckland
Master Students
Supervised 3 Master student projects (1st year of Master)
Supervised a second-year student (5 months) and a third-year student (2 months)
PhD comity
Member of the “Ph.D. comity” of Laura Gervais (CEFS, Toulouse)
Member of the committee of the postdoctoral society of the Faculty of Science (University of Auckland).

Outreach activities

October 2018
Scientific speed-dating with high-school students during the “Fête de la Science”.
August 2018
Scientific speed-dating during Evolution 2018 (Montpellier)
December 2017
“Ask Me Anything” about evolutionary biology on the French part of the social media Reddit
March 2017
Presentation of my research results to the Hihi Recovery Group meeting composed of scientists, managers and volunteers.
2012-2015 summers
Explanation on our experimental setting during the guided tours of the Alpine Botanical Garden of the Lautaret pass.
August 2015
Outreach events during the international conference ESEB 2015

Other collective responsibilities

August 2018
Reviewer for a funding proposal “Initiation into Research” from the Chilean National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT).
Since 2016
Packaging and maintenance of scientific software and R packages for the GNU/Linux distribution openSUSE