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.

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

Born in 1988 in Cahors,
France

2012-present:
PhD: “Loss of self-incompatibility in the toadflax Linaria cavanillesii” (University of Lausanne, Switzerland; supervision: John Pannell)

2010/2011:
MSc in “Behavior, Evolution and Conservation of the Biodiversity” (University of Lausanne, Switzerland).
MSc project: “ Effects of brood size manipulation and common origin on phenotype and telomere lengths in nestling collared flycatchers, Ficedula albicollis” (supervision: Pierre Bize).

2009:
• “Tropical Biology Association” course for tropical ecosystem conservation in Kirindy forest, Madagascar
Project: “The impact of distance on the level of between colony aggression in the ant Aphaenogaster swammerdami in Kirindy Forest, Madagascar”
• Volunteer environmental internship in AMECAA association, Togo

2008/2009:
License 3 Erasmus studentship: Department of Ecology, Lund University, Sweden.

2006/2008:
License 1 and License 2 option “Biology of Organisms, Populations and Ecosystems”: University Paul-Sabatier Toulouse III, France.

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Office room: 4319
Phone: +4121 692 4247
Fax: +4121 692 4265
marie.voillemot[@]unil.ch

Member of Pannell group

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Linaria cavanillesii flower

Biophore - CH-1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 21 692 41 60
Fax +41 21 692 41 65