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Impact of global change on genetic connectivity: concepts and applications


12.00pm, Thursday 28 July 2011

Townsville - Sir George Fisher Building Conference Room #114 (DB32 upstairs)
Prof. Stephanie Manel, University of Marseille

Stephanie studies Landscape genetics in highly fragmented landscapes. She is interested genetic response to environmental change, adaptive genetic pattern, genetic connectivity and conservation biology (https://sites.google.com/site/stephaniemanel/home)

Academic background and past positions

  • 1995: PhD in population dynamics at the University Claude Bernard, Lyon
  • 1996-1999: Post-Doc, University Pau et des Pays de l�Adour, Impact of land use on species distribution
  • 1999-2009: Assistant professor at the University Joseph Fourier, Laboratory of Alpine Ecology, Grenoble


  • 2009-2014 : Member Junior � Institut Universitaire de France �
  • 2009-2011 : Invited to working groups in landscape genetics Santa Barbara (USA)
  • 2007 (3 months) Fulbright Fellowship, University of Utah (Logan, USA)


Dispersal of species in the landscape, or landscape connectivity is one of the possible responses of species to increased fragmentation of the landscape, as well as climate change. By simply moving an individual from one place (patch) to another, dispersion, a complex process, with multiple environmental and phenotypic dependent causes, has ecological and evolutionary implications on the fate of species. What are the consequences on species range shift? How will their dispersal behavior change? Are physical barriers and open corridors a sufficient explanation of species distributions? In this talk, I will introduce the concept of genetic connectivity and its estimation in the broader context of landscape connectivity. Then I will focus on modeling the impact of global changes on the genetic connectivity using simulations. This second part will be illustrated by the description of two funded projects which aim to simulate the impact of global changes on the genetic connectivity: genetic connectivity of butterflies in urban areas (project URBANGEN) and fish genetic connectivity between marine protected areas.


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