Génétique et Ecologie Evolutive



Research interest

I study how selection shape the evolution and maintenance of adaptive diversity, from genomes to communities. To identify and characterized the signature of selection across levels of biological organization I integrate clever experimentation in nature to state of the art genomic research. I focus on Amazonian species of butterflies and amphibians with warning colorations of toxicity since they provide a visually compelling example of local adaptation suitable for investigations on how selection regimes are shaping adaptive diversity. My approach enables to fill the gap between the identification of relevant genetic variants and the ecological mechanisms explaining their success in natural populations.

Moreover, I’ve built and I’m currently managing the Tarapoto Butterfly Research Station which provide, since 2011, easy access by the scientific community to the rich ecosystems of the Peruvian cordilleras-Amazon transitional zone. The successful implementation and management of this research centre is attracting professors, graduate and undergraduate students from International Universities, and Institutes.

Webpage: http://mathieuchouteau.weebly.com/



1. Chouteau M., Llaurens V., Prunier F., Joron M. (xxxx) Polymorphism at a mimicry supergene maintained by opposing frequency dependent selection pressures. In review.

2. Prunier F.P., Chouteau M., Whibley A., Joron M., Llaurens V. (2016) Selection of valid reference genes for reverse transcription quantitative PCR analysis in Heliconius numata. Journal of Insect Science. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/iew034.

3. Arias M., le Poul Y.,Boisseau R., Chouteau M, Llaurens V. (2016) Crossing fitness valleys: empirical estimation of adaptive landscape associated to polymorphic mimicry. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0391

4. Chouteau M., Arias M., Joron M. (2016) Warning signals are under positive frequency-dependent selection in nature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(8): 2164-2169.

5. Davey J. W., Chouteau M., Simpson F., Barker S. L., Maroja L., Baxter S. W., Mallet J., Dasmahapatra K. K., Jiggins C. (2016) Major improvements to the Heliconius melpomene genome assembly used to confirm 10 chromosome fusions in 6 million years in Heliconius butterflies. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 6(3): 695-708.

6. Le Poul Y., Whibley A., Chouteau M., Prunier F., Llaurens V., Joron M. (2014) Evolution of dominance mechanisms at a butterfly mimicry supergene. Nature Communications. doi:10.1038/ncomms6644

7. Chouteau M., Whibley A., Angers B., Joron M. (2014) The development of microsatellite loci from a reference genome for the Neotropical butterfly Heliconius numata and its close relatives. Entomological Science. doi:10.1111/ens.12121

8. McClure M., Chouteau M., Angers B., Elias M. (2014) The development and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the genus Melinaea (Nymphalidae, Ithomiini). Conservation Genetic Ressources. DOI: 10.1007/s12686-014-0233-5

9. Chouteau M., Angers B. (2012) Wright’s shifting balance theory and the diversification of aposematic signals. PLOs ONE 7(3): e34028. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034028

10. Chouteau M., Angers B. (2011) The Role of Predators in Maintaining the Geographic Organization of Aposematic Signals. The American Naturalist 178: 810-817. – Highlighted in ScienceNow

11. Chouteau M., Summers K., Morales V., Angers B. (2011) Advergence in Müllerian mimicry: the case of the poison arrow frogs of Northern Peru revisited. Biology letters 7: 796-800

12. Gibernau M., Chouteau M., Lavallée K., Barabé D. (2010) Notes on the phenology, morphometry and floral biology of Anaphyllopsis Americana. Aroideana. 33: 183-191

13. Chouteau M., Barabé D., Gibernau M., (2010) Flowering and thermogenetic cycles in two species of Monstera (Araceae). Bulletin de la Société d’Histoire Naturelle de Toulouse. 145: 5-10

14. Brown J.L., Chouteau M., Glenn T., Summers K. (2009) The development and analysis of twenty-one microsatellite loci for three species of Amazonian poison frogs. Conservation Genetics Resources. 1: 149-151

15. McClure M., Chouteau M., Dejean A. (2008) Territorial aggressiveness on the arboreal ant Azteca alfari by Camponotus blondus in French Guiana due to behavioural constraints. Comptes Rendus Biologies 331: 663-667

16. Chouteau M., Gibernau M., Barabé D. (2008) - Relationships between floral characters, pollination mechanisms, life forms and habitats in Araceae. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 156: 29-42

17. Chouteau M., McClure M., Gibernau M. (2007) Pollination ecology of Monstera obliqua (Araceae) in French Guiana. Journal of Tropical Ecology 23: 607-610

18. Chouteau M., Barabé D., Gibernau M. (2007) - Thermogenesis in Syngonium (Araceae). Canadian Journal of Botany. 85: 184-190

19. Chouteau M., Barabé D., Gibernau M. (2006) - A comparative study of inflorescences characters and pollen-ovule ratio between the genera Philodendron and Anturium (Araceae). International Journal of Plant Sciences 167(4): 817-829

20. Chouteau M., Barabé D., Gibernau M. (2006) - Pollen ovule ratios in some Neotropical Araceae and their putative significance. Plant Systematic and Evolution. 257(3-4): 147-157

21. Barabé D., Lacroix C., Chouteau M., Gibernau M. (2004) - On the presence of extracellular calcium oxalate crystals on the inflorescence of Araceae. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society. 146: 181-190