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Nadir Alvarez - SNF Professor

Research group

We investigate the genetic processes that occur following changes in a species’ distribution. Phylogeography has been our main research topic for the last ten years with a more recent focus on comparative phylogeography in plants and associated insects. We are now interested in understanding the extent to which the magnitude of a species range shift might influence dynamics of alleles in populations, as well as diversification processes.

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Curriculum vitae

Mar 2013-
Swiss National Foundation (SNF) Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mar 2010-Feb 2013
Research Associate (Swiss National Foundation Ambizione fellow) at the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Oct 2005-Feb 2010
Junior Lecturer (Maître-Assistant) at the Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Jan 2005-Sep 2005
Postdoc at the Institute of Botany (Prof. Küpfer’s lab), University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Oct 2001-Dec 2004
PhD at the Centre for Evolutionary & Functional Ecology (Dr. Hossaert-McKey’s research group), University of Montpellier, France.

MSc. (DEA) in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology at the University of Montpellier, France.

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In Press
Ren G., Mateo R.G., Liu J., Suchan T., Alvarez N., Guisan A., Conti E., Salamin N., In Press. Genetic consequences of Quaternary climatic oscillations in the Himalayas: Primula tibetica as a case study based on restriction site-associated DNA sequencing. New Phytologist . [DOI] [Pubmed]
Arrigo N., de La Harpe M., Litsios G., Zozomová-Lihová J., ?paniel S., Marhold K., Barker M.S., Alvarez N., 2016. Is hybridization driving the evolution of climatic niche in Alyssum montanum. American Journal of Botany 103(7) pp. 1348-1357. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Gori K., Suchan T., Alvarez N., Goldman N., Dessimoz C., 2016. Clustering Genes of Common Evolutionary History. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33(6) pp. 1590-1605. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kebe K., Alvarez N., Espindola A., Justy F., Olivieri I., Sembene M., 2016. Insights into the genetic structure of the cowpea pest Callosobruchus maculatus in Africa. JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE 89(2) pp. 449-458. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Pellissier L., Bronken Eidesen P., Ehrich D., Descombes P., Schoenswetter P., Tribsch A., Bakke Westergaard K., Alvarez N., Guisan A., Zimmermann N.E. et al., 2016. Past climate-driven range shifts and population genetic diversity in arctic plants. Journal of Biogeography 43(3) pp. 461-470. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Ren G., Mateo R.G., Liu J., Suchan T., Alvarez N., Guisan A., Conti E., Salamin. N., 10-2016. Genetic consequences of Quaternary climatic oscillations in the Himalayas: Primula tibetica as a case study based on RAD sequencing. New Phytologist . [embargo unspecified] [DOI]
Suchan T., Pitteloud C., Gerasimova N.S., Kostikova A., Schmid S., Arrigo N., Pajkovic M., Ronikier M., Alvarez N., 2016. Hybridization Capture Using RAD Probes (hyRAD), a New Tool for Performing Genomic Analyses on Collection Specimens. PLoS One 11(3) pp. e0151651. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Delplancke M., Yazbek M., Arrigo N., Espindola A., Joly H., Alvarez N., 2015. Combining conservative and variable markers to inferthe evolutionary history of Prunus subgen. Amygdalus s.l.under domestication. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 63(2) pp. 221-234. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Kenyon S.G., Buerki S., Hansson C., Alvarez N., Benrey B., 2015. Uncovering Cryptic Parasitoid Diversity in Horismenus (Chalcidoidea, Eulophidae). Plos One 10(9) pp. e0136063. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Mastretta-Yanes A., Arrigo N., Alvarez N., Jorgensen T.H., Piñero D., Emerson B.C., 2015. Restriction site-associated DNA sequencing, genotyping error estimation and de novo assembly optimization for population genetic inference. Molecular Ecology Resources 15(1) pp. 28-41. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Suchan T., Beauverd M., Trim N., Alvarez N., 2015. Asymmetrical nature of the Trollius-Chiastocheta interaction: insights into the evolution of nursery pollination systems. Ecology and Evolution 5(21) pp. 4766-4777. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Buerki S., Forest F., Alvarez N., 2014. Proto-South-East Asia as a trigger of early angiosperm diversification. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 174(3) pp. 326-333. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Espindola A., Carstens B.C., Alvarez N., 2014. Comparative phylogeography of mutualists and the effect of the host on the genetic structure of its partners. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113(4) pp. 1021-1035. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Mastretta-Yanes A., Zamudio S., Jorgensen T.H., Arrigo N., Alvarez N., Piñero D., Emerson B.C., 2014. Gene duplication, population genomics, and species-level differentiation within a tropical mountain shrub. Genome Biology and Evolution 6(10) pp. 2611-2624. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Pajkovic M., Lappe S., Barman R., Parisod C., Neuenschwander S., Goudet J., Alvarez N., Guadagnuolo R., Felber F., Arrigo N., 2014. Wheat alleles introgress into selfing wild relatives: empirical estimates from approximate Bayesian computation in Aegilops triuncialis. Molecular Ecology 23(20) pp. 5089-5101. [embargo unspecified] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Rasmann S., Alvarez N., Pellissier L., 2014. The altitudinal niche breadth hypothesis in plant-insect interaction. pp. 339-360 in Voelckel C., Jander G. (eds.) Plant Insect Interactions. Annual Plant Reviews 47. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Bothwell H., Bisbing S., Crawford L., Overgaard Therkildsen N., Alvarez N., Holderegger R., Manel S, 2013. Identifying genetic signatures of selection in a non-model species, alpine gentian (Gentiana nivalis L.), using a landscape genetic approach. Conservation Genetics 14(2) pp. 467-481. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Delplancke M., Alvarez N., Benoit L., Espíndola A., I Joly H., Neuenschwander S., Arrigo N., 2013. Evolutionary history of almond tree domestication in the Mediterranean basin. Molecular Ecology 22(4) pp. 1092-1104. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Gugerli F., Alvarez N., Tinner W., 2013. A deep dig-hindsight on Holocene plant composition from ancient environmental DNA. Molecular Ecology 22(13) pp. 3433-3436. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Hiltpold I., Bernklau E., Bjostad L.B., Alvarez N., Miller-Struttmann N.E., Lundgren J.G., Hibbard B.E., 2013. Nature, evolution and characterisation of rhizospheric chemical exudates affecting root herbivores. pp. 97-157 in Johnson S.N., Hiltpold I., Turlings T.C.J. (eds.) Behaviour and physiology of root herbivores. Advances in Insect Physiology 45. Elsevier, SAn Diego. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Pellissier L., Alvarez N., Espíndola A., Pottier J., Dubuis A., Pradervand J.N., Guisan A., 2013. Phylogenetic alpha and beta diversities of butterfly communities correlate with climate in the western Swiss Alps. Ecography 36(5) pp. 541-550. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Triponez Y., Arrigo N., Pellissier L., Schatz B., Alvarez N., 2013. Morphological, ecological and genetic aspects associated with endemism in the Fly Orchid group. Molecular Ecology 22(5) pp. 1431-1446. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Arrigo N., Holderegger R., Alvarez N., 2012. Automated scoring of AFLPs using RawGeno v 2.0, a free R CRAN library. Methods in Molecular Biology 888 pp. 155-175. [DOI] [Pubmed]
Boucher F.C., Thuiller W., Roquet C., Douzet R., Aubert S., Alvarez N., Lavergne S., 2012. Reconstructing the origins of high-alpine niches and cushion life form in the genus Androsace S.L. (Primulaceae). Evolution 66(4) pp. 1255-1268. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Delplancke M., Alvarez N., Espíndola A., Joly H., Benoit L., Brouck E., Arrigo N., 2012. Gene flow among wild and domesticated almond species: insights from chloroplast and nuclear markers. Evolutionary Applications 5(4) pp. 317-329. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Espíndola A., Buerki S., Alvarez N., 2012. Ecological and historical drivers of diversification in the fly genus Chiastocheta Pokorny. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63(2) pp. 466-474. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Espíndola A., Buerki S., Jacquier A., Jezek J., Alvarez N., 2012. Phylogenetic relationships in the subfamily Psychodinae (Diptera, Psychodidae). Zoologica Scripta 41(5) pp. 489-498. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Espíndola A., Pellissier L., Maiorano L., Hordijk W., Guisan A., Alvarez N., 2012. Predicting present and future intra-specific genetic structure through niche hindcasting across 24 millennia. Ecology Letters 15(7) pp. 649-657. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Jay F., Manel S., Alvarez N., Durand E.Y., Thuiller W., Holderegger R., Taberlet P., François O., 2012. Forecasting changes in population genetic structure of alpine plants in response to global warming. Molecular Ecology 21(10) pp. 2354-2368. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Manel S., Gugerli F., Thuiller W., Alvarez N., Legendre P., Holderegger R., Gielly L., Taberlet P., IntraBioDiv Consortium, 2012. Broad-scale adaptive genetic variation in alpine plants is driven by temperature and precipitation. Molecular Ecology 21(15) pp. 3729-3738. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Pellissier L., Alvarez N., Guisan A., 2012. Pollinators as drivers of plant distribution and assemblage into communities. pp. 392-413 in Patiny S. (eds.) Evolution of plant-pollinator interactions. Systematics Association Special Volume Series 81. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Pellissier L., Litsios G., Guisan A., Alvarez N., 2012. Molecular substitution rate increases in myrmecophilous lycaenid butterflies (Lepidoptera). Zoologica Scripta 41(6) pp. 651-658. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Taberlet P., Zimmermann N.E., Englisch T., Tribsch A., Holderegger R., Alvarez N., Niklfeld H., Coldea G., Mirek Z., Moilanen A. et al., 2012. Genetic diversity in widespread species is not congruent with species richness in alpine plant communities. Ecology Letters 15(12) pp. 1439-1448. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Barbu L., Guinand C., Bergmüller R., Alvarez N., Bshary R., 2011. Cleaning wrasse species vary with respect to dependency on the mutualism and behavioural adaptations in interactions. Animal Behaviour 82(5) pp. 1067-1074. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Borer M., van Noort T., Arrigo N., Buerki S., Alvarez N., 2011. Does a shift in host plants trigger speciation in the Alpine leaf beetle Oreina speciosissima (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)? BMC Evolutionary Biology 11(310) p. 310. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Born C., Alvarez N., McKey D., Ossari S., Wickings E.J., Hossaert-McKey M., Chevallier M.H., 2011. Insights into the biogeographical history of the Lower Guinea Forest Domain: evidence for the role of refugia in the intraspecific differentiation of Aucoumea klaineana. Molecular Ecology 20(1) pp. 131-142. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Buerki S., Forest F., Alvarez N., Nylander J.A.A., Arrigo N., Sanmartín I., 2011. An evaluation of new parsimony-based versus parametric inference methods in biogeography: a case study using the globally distributed plant family Sapindaceae. Journal of Biogeography 38(3) pp. 531‐550. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Buerki S., Forest F., Salamin N., Alvarez N., 2011. Comparative performance of supertree algorithms in large data sets using the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) as a case study. Systematic Biology 60(1) pp. 32-44. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Espíndola A., Alvarez N., 2011. Comparative phylogeography in a specific and obligate pollination antagonism. PLoS One 6(12) pp. e28662. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Kébé K., Alvarez N., Thiaw C., Sembéné M., 2011. Les Chalcidiens (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea) associés au genre Ficus spp. (Moracee) du Sénégal : répartition, abondance et diversité. Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 92(3-4) pp. 137-152.
Thiel-Egenter C., Alvarez N., Holderegger R., Tribsch A., Englisch T., Wohlgemuth T., Colli L., Gaudeul M., Gielly L., Jogan N. et al., 2011. Break zones in the distributions of alleles and species in alpine plants. Journal of Biogeography 38(4) pp. 772-782. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Triponez Y., Buerki S., Borer M., Naisbit R.E., Rahier M., Alvarez N., 2011. Discordances between phylogenetic and morphological patterns in alpine leaf beetles attest to an intricate biogeographic history of lineages in postglacial Europe. Molecular Ecology 20(11) pp. 2442-2463. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Alvarez N., Espíndola A., 2010. Comprendre la dispersion des espèces dans l'espace et dans le temps : un défi pour les biogéographes. Actes de la Société Jurassienne d'Emulation 113 pp. 27-41.
Alvarez N., Kjellberg F., McKey D., Hossaert-McKey M., 2010. Phylogeography and historical biogeography of obligate specific mutualisms. pp. 31-39 in Morand S., Krasnov B.R. (eds.) The geography of host-parasite interactions. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Arrigo N., Felber F., Parisod C., Buerki S., Alvarez N., David J., Guadagnuolo R., 2010. Origin and expansion of the allotetraploid Aegilops geniculata, a wild relative of wheat. New Phytologist 187(4) pp. 1170-1180. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Borer M., Alvarez N., Buerki S., Margraf N., Rahier M., Naisbit R.E., 2010. The phylogeography of an alpine leaf beetle: divergence within Oreina elongata spans several ice ages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57(2) pp. 703-709. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Buerki S., Lowry P.P., Alvarez N., Razafimandimbison S.G., Kupfer P., Callmander M.W., 2010. Phylogeny and circumscription of Sapindaceae revisited: molecular sequence data, morphology and biogeography support recognition of a new family, Xanthoceraceae. Plant Ecology and Evolution 143(2) pp. 148-159. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Espíndola A., Buerki S., Bedalov M., Küpfer P., Alvarez N., 2010. New insights into the phylogenetics and biogeography of Arum (Araceae): unravelling its evolutionary history. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 163(1) pp. 14-32. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Jourdie V., Alvarez N., Molina-Ochoa J., Williams T., Bergvinson D., Benrey B., Turlings T.C.J., Franck P., 2010. Population genetic structure of two primary parasitoids of Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera), Chelonus insularis and Campoletis sonorensis (Hymenoptera): to what extent is the host plant important? Molecular Ecology 19(10) pp. 2168-2179. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Jourdie V., Virla E., Murillo H., Bento J. M. S., Turlings T. C., Alvarez N., 2010. Phylogeography of Chelonus insularis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Campoletis sonorensis (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae), two primary neotropical parasitoids of the fall armyworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Annals of the Entomological of America 103(5) pp. 742-749. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Restoux G., Hossaert-McKey M., Benrey B., Alvarez N, 2010. The effect of host plant and isolation on the genetic structure of phytophagous insects: A preliminary study on a bruchid beetle. European Journal of Entomology 107(3) pp. 299-304. [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Thiel-Egenter C., Tribsch A., Holderegger R., Manel S., Schoenswetter P., Taberlet P., Brodbeck S., Gaudeul M., Gielly L. et al., 2009. History or ecology? Substrate type as a major driver of patial genetic structure in Alpine plants. Ecology Letters 12(7) pp. 632-640. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Buerki S., Callmander M.W., Schuepfer F., Ravokatra M., Kuepfer P., Alvarez N., 2009. Malagasy Dracaena Vand. ex L. (Ruscaceae): an investigation of discrepancies between morphological features and spatial genetic structure at a small evolutionary scale. Plant Systematics and Evolution 280(1-2) pp. 15-28. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Buerki S., Forest F., Acevedo-Rodriguez P., Callmander M.W., Nylander J.A.A., Harrington M., Sanmartin I., Kuepfer P., Alvarez N., 2009. Plastid and nuclear DNA markers reveal intricate relationships at subfamilial and tribal levels in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51(2) pp. 238-258. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Burnier J., Buerki S., Arrigo N., Küpfer P., Alvarez N., 2009. Genetic structure and evolution of Alpine polyploid complexes: Ranunculus kuepferi (Ranunculaceae) as a case study. Molecular Ecology 18(17) pp. 3730-3744. [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Selosse M.-A., Dubois M.-P., Alvarez N., 2009. Do Sebacinales commonly associate with plant roots as endophytes? Mycological Research 113(10) pp. 1062-1069. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Thiel-Egenter C., Gugerli F., Alvarez N., Brodbeck S., Cieslak E., Colli L., Englisch T., Gaudeul M., Gielly L., Korbecka G. et al., 2009. Effects of species traits on the genetic diversity of high-mountain plants: a multi-species study across the Alps and the Carpathians. Global Ecology and Biogeography 18(1) pp. 78-87. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Arrigo N., Consortium Intrabiodiv, 2008. SIMIL: an R (CRAN) scripts collection for computing genetic structure similarities based on STRUCTURE 2 outputs. Molecular Ecology Resources 8(4) pp. 757-762. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Hossaert-McKey M., Restoux G., Delgado-Salinas A., Benrey B., 2007. Anthropogenic effects on population genetics of phytophagous insects associated with domesticated plants. Evolution 61(12) pp. 2986-2996. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Jourdie V., Alvarez N., Turlings T., 2007. Identification of parasitoid species using PCR amplification and restriction enzyme digestion. p. 12 in Hopper K.R., Kester K.M., Hoelmer K.A. (eds.) XIV International Entomophagous Insects Workshop: June 11-15, 2006, Newark, Delaware. Journal of Insect Science 7(16). [DOI] [Web of Science]
Triponez Y., Naisbit R.E., Jean-Denis J.B., Rahier M., Alvarez N., 2007. Genetic and environmental sources of variation in the autogenous chemical defense of a leaf beetle. Journal of Chemical Ecology 33(11) pp. 2011-2027. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Benrey B., Hossaert-McKey M., Grill A., McKey D., Galtier N., 2006. Phylogeographic support for horizontal gene transfer involving sympatric bruchid species. Biology Direct 1(21) p. 21. [Document] [DOI] [Web of Science] [Pubmed]
Alvarez N., Mercier L., Hossaert-McKey M., Contreras-Garduno J., Kunstler G., Aebi A., Benrey B., 2006. Ecological distribution and niche segregation of sibling species: the case of bean beetles, Acanthoscelides obtectus Say and A. obvelatus Bridwell. Ecological Entomology 31(6) pp. 582-590. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Napoles J.R., Anton K.W., Benrey B., Hossaert-McKey M., 2006. Phylogenetic relationships in the Neotropical bruchid genus Acanthoscelides (Bruchinae, Bruchidae, Coleoptera). Journal of the Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 44(1) pp. 63-74. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Grill A., Gkiokia E., Alvarez N., 2006. Evolutionary history and patterns of differentiation among European Maniola butterflies (Lepidoptera : Satyrinae). European Journal of Entomology 103(3) pp. 613-618. [Document] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Garine E., Khasah C., Dounias E., Hossaert-McKey M., McKey D., 2005. Farmers' practices, metapopulation dynamics, and conservation of agricultural biodiversity on-farm: a case study of sorghum among the Duupa in sub-sahelian Cameroon. Biological Conservation 121(4) pp. 533-543. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Hossaert-McKey M., Rasplus J.Y., McKey D., Mercier L., Soldati L., Aebi A., Shani T., Benrey B., 2005. Sibling species of bean bruchids: a morphological and phylogenetic study of Acanthoscelides obtectus Say and Acanthoscelides obvelatus Bridwell. Journal of the Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 43(1) pp. 29-37. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., McKey D., Hossaert-McKey M., Born C., Mercier L., Benrey B., 2005. Ancient and recent evolutionary history of the bruchid beetle, Acanthoscelides obtectus Say, a cosmopolitan pest of beans. Molecular Ecology 14(4) pp. 1015-1024. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Kergoat G.J., Alvarez N., Hossaert-Mckey M., Faure N., Silvain J.F., 2005. Parallels in the evolution of the two largest New and Old World seed-beetle genera (Coleoptera, Bruchidae). Molecular Ecology 14(13) pp. 4003-4021. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Aebi A., Alvarez N., Butcher R.D.J., Hansson C., Risterucci A.M., Benrey B., 2004. Microsatellite markers in a complex of Horismenus sp. (Hymenoptera : Eulophidae), parasitoids of bruchid beetles. Molecular Ecology Notes 4(4) pp. 707-709. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Aebi A., Shani T., Butcher R.D.J., Alvarez N., Risterucci A.M., Benrey B., 2004. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers in Zabrotes subfasciatus Boheman (Coleoptera : Bruchidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 4(4) pp. 752-754. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Born C., Risterucci A.M., Sourrouille P., Benrey B., Hossaert-McKey M., 2004. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Acanthoscelides obtectus Say (Coleoptera : Bruchidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 4(4) pp. 683-685. [DOI] [Web of Science]
Alvarez N., Aebi A., Risterucci A.M., Hossaert-Mckey M., Benrey B., 2003. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Acanthoscelides obvelatus Bridwell (Coleoptera : Bruchidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 3(1) pp. 12-14. [DOI] [Web of Science]


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