Dr. Marie Voillemot


I have always been interested in factors influencing nature diversity, and particularly in understanding what could drive evolutionary changes. I am therefore really interested in every question that can give insight about mechanisms shaping our natural world. My PhD project is directed towards understanding mating-systems evolution in flowering plants. In particular, I aim to understand the transition from obligate outcrossing to facultative self-fertilization, using the perennial herb Linaria cavanillesii, which is endemic to south-eastern Spain. In this species, most populations possess a molecular self-incompatibity mechanism that prevents selfing, whereas other populations are self-compatible. My project aims to determine what might have caused a transition between these two contrasting strategies, as well as what its effect has been on the mating system, the pollination biology, and patterns of population genetic variation.


Linaria cavanillesii grows on shaded, north-facing limestone cliffs in south-eastern Spain

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Linaria cavanillesii flower