Interactions Biotiques



Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow (2020-2021)

Research questions

I am a plant evolutionary biologist interested in studying the selective processes shaping plant resource allocation strategies. Currently, my research focuses on testing key predictions of the theory of sexual selection in the plant kingdom to unveil the importance of selection for the access to sexual partners in shaping plant strategies. Recently, I have been studying how sexual dimorphism may evolve as a consequence of selection of male morphologies that allow a more efficient dispersal of pollen and the access to more numerous sexual partners. Currently, I am starting to test hypotheses about how sexual selection may operate when pollen tubes interact with pistil tissues and whether some sort of cryptic female choice may evolve in plants. During my PhD, I was interested in the evolution of regenerative strategies in perennial plants from fire prone environments.
My research is interdisciplinary, and combines theoretical modeling, phylogenetics, comparative analyses, population biology and experimental evolution. I am also using a high diversity of methodologies such as optimization modeling, molecular biology, paternity analyses, spatially explicit models, niche modeling, proteomics, classic and spatial statistics.

Key-words: sexual selection, resource allocation, cost of reproduction, pollen dispersal, polygamy,
Methodologies: experimental evolution, paternity analyses, selection gradients, resource allocation modeling, phylogenetic reconstruction, comparative analyses

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- Tonnabel J., David P., Janicke T., Lehner A., Mollet J-C. Pannell, J. Dufaÿ M. (2021) The
scope for post-mating sexual selection. Article de synthèse invité Trends in Ecology and
Evolution, 36:556-567.

- Tonnabel J., Klein E.K., Ronce O., Oddou-Muratorio S., Rousset, F. Olivieri O., Courtiol A. *
Mignot A. * (2021) Selection of male and female morphologies in the highly dimorphic and
wind-pollinated Leucadendron rubrum. Molecular Ecology, 30:1721-1735. * Co-senior

- Tonnabel J. (2021) Digest: sexual conflict as a novel hypothesis for the evolution of
gynodioecy. Evolution, 75: 557-558.

- Pagel, J., Treurnicht, M., Bond, W.J., Kraaij, T., Nottebrock, H., Schutte-Volk, A., Tonnabel J.,
Esler, K.J., Schurr, F. (2020) The niche is not the range: dispersal persistence shape
mismatches between ecological niches and geographic distribution of plants. Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences, 117: 3663-3669.

- Treurnicht M., Pagel J., Tonnabel J., Esler K.J., Slingsby J.A., Schurr F.M. (2020) Fonctional
traits explain the Hutchinsonian niches of plant species. Global Ecology and Biogeography,
29: 534-545.

- Tonnabel J., David P., Pannell J.R. (2019) Do sexual selection metrics conform to Bateman
principles in a plant species? Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286: 20190532.

- Tonnabel J., David P., Klein, E., Pannell J.R. (2019) Sex-specific selection on plant
architecturethrough ‘budget’ and ‘direct’ effects in experimental populations of a wind
pollinated herb. Evolution, 73: 897-912.

- Machado A.P., Pannell J.R., * Tonnabel J. * (2017) Development and characterization of
microsatelitte markers for diploid populations of the wind-pollinated herd Mercurialis annua.
BMC Research Notes, 10: 386. * Co-senior authors.

- Martin-Sanz A.P., Callejas-Diaz M., Tonnabel J., Climent J.M. (2017) Maintenance costs of
serotiny in a variably serotinous pine: the role of water supply. PloS One, 12: e0181648.

- Tonnabel J., Schurr F.M., Boucher F., Thuiller W., Renaud J., Douzery E.J.P., Ronce O. (2017)
Life-history traits evolved jointly with climatic niche and disturbance regime in the genus
Leucadendron (Proteaceae). The American Naturalist, 191: 220-234.

- Tonnabel J., David P., Pannell J.R. (2017) Sex-specific strategies of resource allocation to
competition for light in a dioecious plant. Oecologia, 185: 675-686.

- Olivieri I., Tonnabel J., Ronce O., Mignot A. (2016) Why evolution matters for species
conservation: perspectives from three case studies of plant metapopulations. Evolutionary
Applications, 9: 196-211.

- Tonnabel J., Mignot A., Douzery E.J.P., Rebelo T., Schurr F., Midgley J., Illing N., Justy F.,
Orcel D., Olivieri I. (2014) Convergent and correlated evolution of major life-history traits in
the angiosperm genus Leucadendron (Proteaceae). Evolution, 68: 2775-2792.

- Tonnabel J., Olivieri I., Justy F., Santoni S., Mignot A., Caroli S., Rebelo A., Douzery E. (2014)
Developing nuclear DNA phylogenetic markers in the angiosperm genus Leucadendron
(Proteaceae): a next-generation sequencing transcriptomic approach. Molecular
Phylogenetics and Evolution, 70: 37-46.

- Tonnabel J., Van Dooren T., Midgley J., Haccou P., Mignot A., Ronce O., Olivieri I. (2012)
Optimal resource allocation in a serotinous non-sprouting plant species under different fire
regimes. Journal of Ecology, 100: 1464-1474.

- Tonnabel J., Tattersall Y., Simmens B., Tarnaud L. (2011) Decline and demographic changes
in the population of the Near Threatened brown lemur Eulemur fulvus on Mayotte. Oryx, 45: