Claire Mérot

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Curriculum Vitae

Present position


Since September 2016 : Université Laval, Québec. (IBIS)

Supported by a Merit fellowship for foreign students (PBEEE) by the FRQNT (Fonds de Recherche Québec Nature et Technologies) & a post-doctoral fellowship from the FRQS (Fonds de REcherche Québec Santé)

Chromosomal inversions and adaptation to heterogeneous environments in Coleopa frigida.

Supervision: L. Bernatchez. Collaboration: M. Wellenreuther

Past positions


January - August 2015 : Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. (UMR 7205)

Genomics of Speciation in Heliconius : Studying genetic basis of chemical mating cues and wing morphology in H. timareta and H. melpomene.

Supervision: M. Joron. Collaboration: C. Jiggins, V. Llaurens, V. Debat, N. Navarro, B. Frérot.


2011-2014: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris. ED 227 (UMR 7205)

Speciation in Heliconius butterflies: The balance between mimicry convergence and ecological divergence. ,

supervised by M. Joron.

Teaching 20%

Other Experiences

Edition & reviewing

2019: Guest editor for a special issue in Molecular Ecology The role of genomic structural variants in adaptation and diversification

2012-2019 : Several reviews for Evolution, Ethology, Scientific Reports, Evolutionary Applications, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, etc.

Scientific events

2018: Organization of a symposium about structural variants at the II Joint Congress of Evolutionary Biology - Evolution 2018. August 2018. Montpellier, France.


2011-2018: Supervision of five undergraduate students involved in research projects (master student and bachelor students)

Teaching, vulgarisation

2012-2014: Teaching in Master, Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle.

2012-2014: Citizen science for schools Vigie-nature Ecole.

2011-2012: Teaching in Licence, Paris 7.



2011-2014: PhD in evolutionnary biology . Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Graduate school « Sciences de la Nature et de l'Homme » ED 227. UMR 7205 , Origine, Structure et évolution de la Biodiversité. PhD defense: 5th of december 2014. First class Honours.

2008-2010: MSc Ecology, Biodiversity and Evolution. University Paris VI (UPMC) & ENS, Paris (Paris). First class Honours, rank: 5th

2007-2008: Licence in Biology (Bachelor's degree). University Paris VI & ENS, Paris.

2007-2011: Diplome de l'École normale supérieure. Pluridisciplinary formation. Admitted in June 2007, rank 4th. (The Ecole Normale Supérieure is a prestigious French institution of higher education providing specialized training to students who will become professors and researchers in their field.)

2005-2007: Classe préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles in Biology (intensive scientific course preparing for a highly competitive exam to access the Grandes Ecoles.). Lycée Clémenceau, Nantes

June 2005: Scientific baccalaureat Lycée Camille Claudel, Blain. With merits and european mention.


March 2011: Winter school "Eco-evolutionnary modeling of Speciation". Program FroSpects for Speciation. Organised by A. Brannström and U. Diekmann. Umea University.

Research internships

Nov 2010-June 2011: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (UMR 7205) Divergence of wing shape and pattern between two co-mimic sister-species of Heliconius , supervised by M. Joron.

Sept-Oct 2010: ENS, Paris (Bioemco, UMR 7618) Plant/pollinators interactions web in a urban environment, supervised byI. Dajoz.

Fev-June 2010: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (UMR 7204) Evolution of vegetal communities of Kerguelen islands in a context of biological invasions and climate change. , supervised by Jean-Louis Chapuis and A. Muratet.

Fev-June 2009: Smisthonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama Sex change in two species calyptraeid gastropods: effects of nutrition and perceived mortality rate, supervised by Rachel Collin.

June-July 2008: University of Lund Wing-color variation in Calopteryx and its importance in species recognition and sexual selection., supervised by M. Wellenreuther and E. Svensson .

Others professionnal experiences

August 2006: Naturalist guide In charge of the presentation, protection and animation of a preserved natural landscape: the Lake of Clégreuc, 44, France

2005-2010: Counsellor in a children summer camp, with the BAFA diploma. Tutor for different pupils in scientific courses.



English and Spanish : good-working knowledge. Internships and collaboration with international laboratories.


Fieldwork, butterflies rearing, crosses, behavioural experiments.

Molecular biology: DNA extraction, PCR, sequences alignments, population genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, whole-genome, RAD-seq.

Chemical ecology: Extraction and quantification of chemical compounds (GC-MS).

Geometric morphometry, spectrophotometry.

Multivariate statistics and analyses with R, Morphometrics


Bird-watching (member of the LPO, Birdlife international). Good knowledge of butterflies, odonata and amphibian. Background in field observations and biological counts in various environment.

Extra-curricular activities

Driving licence(janvier 2006)

Animation degree BAFA, "environment" (2006)

Diving: Level 2.


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