Interactions Biotiques


bureau 2-C-218A

Post-doctoral researcher: 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 in plants. Accepted, Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Tonnabel J., Klein E.K., Ronce O., Oddou-Muratorio S., Rousset, F., Olivieri O., Courtiol A.,* & Mignot A.* (2021) Sex-specific spatial variation in fitness in the highly dimorphic Leucadendron rubrum. Molecular Ecology, in press.

* Co-senior authors.

Tonnabel, J. (2020) Digest: sexual conflict as a novel hypothesis for the evolution of gynodioecy. Evolution, in press, early view online.

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

Tonnabel J., David P. & Pannell J. (2019) Do metrics of sexual selection conform to Bateman’s principles in the wind-pollinated plant? Proceedings of the Royal society B, 286:20190532.

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

Treurnicht, M., Pagel, J., Tonnabel, J., Esler, K.J., Slingsby, J.A. & Schurr, F.M. (2019) Functional traits explain the Hutchinsionian niches of plant species. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00:1-12.

Tonnabel J., Schurr F.M., Boucher F., Thuiller W., Renaud J., Douzery E.J.P. & Ronce O. (2018) Life-history traits evolved jointly with climatic niche and disturbance regime in the genus Leucadendron (Proteaceae). The American Naturalist, 191: 00-00.

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., 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., Simmen B. & Tarnaud L. (2011) Decline and demographic changes in the population of the Near Threatened brown lemur Eulemur fulvus on Mayotte. Oryx, 45: 608-614.