Julien Goebel

First, I’m sensitive to biodiversity as well as passionate by the various evolution theories and their applications in ecology and population genetics in purpose of conservation biology. With computer skills as a background, I have also developed a taste for modelling and biostatistics which I think to be paramount tools for wildlife survey.

During my PhD, I work on multigene family genes, which are similar genetic sequences being derived from the duplication of a single ancestral gene. This kind of multigene family gene has the advantage of requiring only one copy of it to maintain the original functions encoded by the primary gene while others copies are allowed to diverge and may assume new instances. The contribution of genetic drift and selection on the evolution of multigene families is relatively unknown and finding this, is one part of my PhD aims.

Several molecular characteristics and the well-known avian ecology coupled with our advanced researches, position the avian major histocompatibility complex class IIB (MHCIIB) as a great way to explore these issues . Compact but also intraspecifically varied, the avian MHCIIB allows a high power in comparative studies and identification of potential selective agents. I try to cover the stories of gene duplication in owls (Strigiformes) to finally extend my research to the entire avian phylogeny. As a result, we would know past events of recombination and selection. Thus, we expect to provide deeper insights in evolutionary processes that act on the avian immune system but also to extent our new acquired knowledge to whole multigene families.

2012 – Now:
PhD at the Department of Ecology & Evolution, University of Lausanne, under the supervision of Luca Fumagalli, Laboratory for Conservation Biology

2010 – 2011:
Research contract at the University of Lisbon (Portugal): Alien species and conservation dilemmas: the effects of native competitors (Mustela putorius, Lutra lutra) and alien prey species (Procambarus clarkii) on the spread of the American mink in Portugal

Master Research Ecology, Evolution, Biometry at the University of Lyon (France)

2009 :
Master Thesis at the INRA (National Agronomical Research Institute): Modelling of a protozoar parasite Babesia divergens by a vector-tick Ixodes ricinus

2008 :
Internship of Eco-ethology within the 2C2A-CERFE (Research and Formation Centre in EcoEthology): Study of the reproduction of Pine Marten (Martes martes) in fragmented landscape by radiotracking

Internship of population genetics for the laboratory of animal ecology at the university of Angers (France), study of polymorphism on the MHC of Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus)

Licence Biology of the Organisms at the University of Angers

Advanced Vocational Diploma in Business Computing in Angers.

Graduate of the Scientific A-levels in Angers.



Faunistics: Mustelids, European Mammals & Amphibians, Corvidae, Strigiformes.


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