Claire Dufour

​I am an ecologist and evolutionary biologist interested in the dynamic interactions between sister species and their environment. I address these processes in diverse study models such as insects, mammals, birds and reptiles.

By combining laboratory and empirical approaches in the field, I study the role that new environmental pressures such as species competition play in the evolution of ecological, morphological and behavioral traits.

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Cynthia Tedore

CynthiaTedorePostdoctoral Researcher
1919, Route de Mende, 34293 Montpellier cedex 5
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PhD, Duke University, USA, 2013

2013-2017   Postdoctoral Researcher, Lund Vision Group, Sweden

I am interested in the evolution of eyes, visual processing, attention, animal signaling, and aesthetic appreciation. I choose my study taxa according to which is best suited to questions I am interested in tackling. Taxa studied have ranged from jumping spiders to birds to humans. In recent years I have developed a particular interest in using mathematical modeling to test evolutionary hypotheses. I also enjoy leveraging my knowledge and skills in vision and computer programming to develop methodological solutions that can be used by others.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Chouinard-Thuly L, Gierszewski S, Rosenthal G, Reader S, Rieucau G, Woo K, Gerlai R, Tedore C, Ingley S, Witte K (2017). Technical and conceptual considerations for using animated stimuli in studies of animal behavior. Current Zoology 63, 5-19.

Tedore C and Johnsen S (2017). Using RGB displays to portray color realistic imagery to animal eyes. Current Zoology 63, 27-34.

Tedore C and Johnsen S (2016). Disentangling the visual cues used by a jumping spider to locate its microhabitat. The Journal of Experimental Biology 219, 2396-2401.

Tedore C and Johnsen S (2015). Immunological dependence of plant-dwelling animals on the medicinal properties of their plant substrates: A preliminary test of a novel evolutionary hypothesis. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 9, 437-446.

Tedore C and Johnsen S (2015). Visual mutual assessment of size in male Lyssomanes viridis jumping spider contests. Behavioral Ecology 26, 510-518.

Tedore C and Johnsen S (2013). Pheromones exert top-down effects on visual recognition in the jumping spider Lyssomanes viridis. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216, 1744-1756.

Tedore C and Johnsen S (2012). Weaponry, color, and contest success in the jumping spider Lyssomanes viridis. Behavioural Processes 89, 203-211.


Popular Science Publication

Clabby C and Tedore C (2013). Focus on Everything. American Scientist 101, 308-309.

Marie-Jeanne Holveck


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I study how variation in signal production and perception influences (i) the evolution of signals in multiple sensory modalities (acoustic, visual and chemical domains) and (ii) the adaptation (through phenotypic plasticity and/or genetic variability) to different environments, a topic for which there is nowadays a growing interest in the new field of sensory ecology, notably to understand how species cope with their rapidly changing environment due to anthropogenic activities.


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Nicolas Courbin

NCourbinChercheur postdoctoral / Postdoctoral researcher

J'étudie les mécanismes de la répartition spatiale des grands herbivores, des grands carnivores et des oiseaux marins dans le but d'approfondir nos connaissances sur les interactions prédateur-proies (jeu spatial prédateur-proie, stratégie d'alimentation, stratégie de recherche des prédateurs, stratégie anti-prédatrice des proies) et d'améliorer les mesures de gestion et de conservation de la faune.

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