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Laboratory Evolution and Biological Diversity

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The Evolution and Biological Diversity laboratory aims at understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that generate and maintain the biological diversity of individuals, populations and communities. By focusing on the interactions between organisms, the laboratory’s objectives are to :

- Evaluate and characterize biodiversity,
- Study the mechanism of change in biodiversity,
- Evaluate the role of selection in populations and speciation (speciation is the evolutionary process by which new species arise).

The different approaches include statistical and mathematical ecology, molecular evolution, evolution of long-lasting interactions, behavioral ecology or evolution complex quantitative traits. The research teams use both theoretical and molecular tools in connection with data gathered through observation and field testing.

Nowadays, biodiversity represents a major scientific, societal, economic and political issue. Therefore, beyond its core activities on fundamental research, the laboratory is committed to the transfer of knowledge through college education, communication events oriented towards the general public, as well as interactions with the administrators and guardians of biodiversity and biological resources, of sustainable development or of public health.

The laboratory is a partner of the Genopole Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and the IFR 40 “Agrobiosciences, Interactions and Biodiversity” whose goal is to create a Biology and Integrative Ecology school in Toulouse. The laboratory’s favoured experimental site is the experimental ecology station of Moulis.