About me

Current position: Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow (2020-2021) at the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE, Montpellier)

I am a plant evolutionary biologist interested in studying the selective processes shaping plant resource allocation strategies. Currently, my research focusses on testing key predictions of the theory of sexual selection in the plant kingdom to unveil the importance of selection for the access to sexual partners in shaping plant strategies. Recently, I have been studying how sexual dimorphism may evolve as a consequence of selection of male morphologies that allow a more efficient dispersal of pollen and the access to more numerous sexual partners. Currently, I am starting to test hypotheses about how sexual selection may operate when pollen tubes interact with pistil tissues and whether some sort of cryptic female choice may evolve in plants. During my PhD, I was interested in the evolution of regenerative strategies in perennial plants from fire prone environments.
My research is interdisciplinary, and combines theoretical modeling, phylogenetics, comparative analyses, population biology and experimental evolution. I am also using a high diversity of methodologies such as optimization modeling, molecular biology, paternity analyses, spatially explicit models, niche modeling, proteomics, classic and spatial statistics.
Email: jeanne.tonnabel@cefe.cnrs.fr