I am an evolutionary biologist interested in life history trait evolution with a special focus on plants. My research mainly aims at understanding which factors shaped the diversity of plant’s reproductive strategies. I have mainly been working on two aspects: the evolution of regenerative strategies in perennial plants from fire prone environments and the evolution of sexual dimorphism through sexual selection and sex-specific resource acquisition strategies. At the moment I am interested in sexual selection operating through pollen-pistil molecular interactions.
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.
Institution: Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne