About me

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 of bees and wasps. I focus on the evolution of phenotypes such as color or forms through morphometrics methods with bees and wasps as main subject.

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Vespa velutina worker hawking in front of a bee colony to capture incoming honey-bees in Indonesia (A. Perrard)

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Specimen of V. velutina (P. Goetgheluck)

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, first at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle and now at the laboratory iEES Paris as a Maitre de conférence of the University Paris Diderot.

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