Adrien Perrard, Ph.D. in Evolution of Social Wasps

Hello!

I’m a researcher in evolutionnary biology graduated from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. I studied social wasps since college, especially hornets of the genus Vespa. My first research subject was the invasive species Vespa velutina, a bee-hawking wasp arrived in France in early 2000’s and currently spreading across Europe. I keep working on this subject, but my research has progressively reached a broader taxonomic scale. I focus on the evolution of phenotypes such as color or forms through morphometrics methods with social wasps as main subject.

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Workers of V. velutina at the entrance of their nest. (A.Perrard)

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Specimen of V. velutina. (P. Goethgeluck)

From 2013 to 2015, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History. I worked on the wing shape variation in Yellow-jackets and Hornets and the use of geometric morphometrics in phylogenetic reconstruction.

Since 2016, I am studying mimicry between wasps and bees and its potential effects on pollinator decline at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle.

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