I’m a biologist specialized in herpetology, in fact mostly focusing on frogs.
Even though I mainly work on neotropical frogs systematics, phylogeography, biogeography and evolution, I’m interested in all aspects of their biology ….
My interest in amphibians is a long story starting with the frogs and newts of the ponds around my parents house in western France. Only years after, I found feral populations of Xenopus in the very same ponds. The conservation of native amphibian fauna in France was already worrying… the arrival of these guys made the situation even worse.
After high school, I obtained a technical degree in nature conservation and management. Then I travelled to Costa Rica and French Guiana and realized there was so much to do and to learn about tropical herps that I decided to go back to school. I got my Masters at the University of Poitiers and Tours (France). During this master I undertook a study on the reproductive biology of Ameerega hahneli. My first 2 months in the forest of French Guiana in Nouragues reserve…
This is when I realized the problems of species boundaries, systematics and taxonomy were plaguing research and conservation of Amazonian amphibians. Fortunately, a lab in Marseille (Dr. André Gilles; IMBE/IMEP Université de Provence) was starting a research project on the diversity of French Guiana amphibians using molecular data. So I went there for the second step of my master. I learned the basics of the lab and focused on Scinax ruber and Rhinella margaritifera species groups.
Then I applied for a PhD about Leiopelma‘s molecular ecology in New Zealand but eventually re-orientate my topic going back studying frogs of the eastern Guiana Shield. I’ve been given a chance to stay in NZ with Neil Gemmell as supervisor (University of Canterbury) and working in collaboration with Marseille University.
I undertook some field trips in FG, Suriname and in Amapa (Brazil) where I first met Miguel T Rodrigues. Eventually, I obtained a 5 months postdoc to work on Leiopelma hochstetteri after the PhD (I finally made it, I haven’t left NZ before to work on these frogs).
Later, I’ve been hired for a one year postdoc in France (ATER), back to Marseille. I had to teach and participate to research on palearctic fishes. I also obtained a grant from the “amazonie-programme” of the CNRS and went back to French Guiana again for a population genetics study on Adenomera andreae along the Approuague River.
I obtained a 2 years postdoc at the Universidade de Sao Paulo funded by FAPESP, Brazil, with Miguel T Rodrigues to work on a large scale systematics of the Adenomera genus. I could join a few memorable field trips up the Purus river and in Roraima. During these 2 years I’ve been also lucky to be involved in many side projects, even about lizards hemipenes with Pedro Nunes…
In 2011, I’ve been hired by CNRS and started in Jan 2012 as researcher in Cayenne, French Guiana. I moved to Toulouse in 2018.