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 shifted toward the study of communities. I focus on the evolution of phenotypes such as color or forms through morphometrics methods with bees and wasps as main subject.
Workers of V. velutina at the entrance of their nest. (A.Perrard)
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 bees and wasps and its potential effects on pollinator decline, first at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, and now as a Maitre de Conférence in the laboratory iEES Paris, at the University Paris Diderot.
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