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Acker Paul

team: PRADA

PhD Student

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Keywords :

evolutionnary ecology, population dynamics, life history traits,
dispersal, habitat selection, coloniality, heterogeneity, modeling.




Thesis project :

Supervisors :
 Emmanuelle Cam (EDB, UPS, Toulouse)
 Aurélien Besnard (CEFE, EPHE, Montpellier)

Topic : Dispersal and evolution of coloniality in Larids, mechanisms
of habitat selection in fragmented and unpredictable environments.

Study species :
- Slender-billed gull, Chroicocephalus genei (French Mediterranean coast)
- Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla (Cap Sizun, Brittany)
- Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus (Forez basin, central France)


Gabriel Buissart (GNU FDL) Louis Sallé (Copyright) Karakal (public domain)





Academic CV, other work  :

Matthieu Paquet (Copyright) Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures, 2013, UPMC Paris 6
Thesis : Variability and viability selection of a black plumage trait, the badge size of sociable weavers, Philetairus socius.
Supervisors : Claire Doutrelant & Arnaud Grégoire
CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier

Bruno Colas (Copyright)
Master Ecologie Biodiversité et Evolution, 2012, UPMC-MNHN-UPSUD-AGROPT-ENS :
Thesis : Demographic heterogeneity and viability, the case of age at reproduction in semelparous populations.
Supervisors : Bruno Colas & Alexandre Robert
ESE-UPSud, Orsay & CERSP-MNHN, Paris






Publications :

Acker, P., Robert, A., Bourget, R. & Colas, B. (2014) Heterogeneity of reproductive age increases the viability of semelparous populations. Functional Ecology, 28, 458–68. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12187)

Acker, P., Grégoire, A., Rat, M., Spottiswoode, C.N., van Dijk, R.E., Paquet, M., Kaden, J.C., Pradel, R., Hatchwell, B.J., Covas, R. & Doutrelant, C. (2015) Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28, 2027-2041. (doi: 10.1111/jeb.12717)

I hope more stuff soon !




Locations & contacts :

If you want to discuss or for anything : do not hesistate.

Main :
Laboratoire Évolution et Diversité Biologique
Bât. 4R1, Université Paul Sabatier
118 route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 9
(+33) (0)5 61 55 67 56
paul.acker[at]univ-tlse3.fr

Secondary :
Centre d’Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive
Campus CNRS
1919 route de Mende
34293 Montpellier cedex 5
(+33) (0)4 67 61 32 94
paul.acker[at]cefe.cnrs.fr