branching Wright-Fisher


Félix FR

I have recently completed my PhD at the LPSM (Sorbonne Université) under the supervision of Amaury Lambert and Emmanuel Schertzer. The manuscript can be found here. I am part of the SMILE group which gathers probabilists and biologists interested in modeling life evolution. We are hosted at the Collège de France.

My field of interest is mathematical population genetics. I study probabilistic objets arising from various population models, like coalescent processes, branching processes, and random trees, and see how they can be applied to evolutionary biology. More recently, I have also worked on epidemiological models related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


  1. Félix Foutel-Rodier, Amaury Lambert, and Emmanuel Schertzer (2018+)
    Exchangeable coalescents, ultrametric spaces, nested interval-partitions: A unifying approach
    To appear in Annals of Applied Probability.
    Preliminary version,  arXiv:1807.05165
  2. François Bienvenu, Jean-Jil Duchamps, and Félix Foutel-Rodier (2021)
    The Moran forest
    Random Structures & Algorithms (59), pp 155–188
    doi: 10.1002/rsa.20997, arXiv:1906.08806
  3. Félix Foutel-Rodier and Alison Etheridge (2020)
    The spatial Muller's ratchet: surfing of deleterious mutations during range expansion
    Theoretical Population Biology (135), pp 19–31.
    doi: 10.1016/j.tpb.2020.07.002,  bioRxiv:10.1101
  4. Félix Foutel-Rodier, Amaury Lambert, and Emmanuel Schertzer (2020)
    Kingman's coalescent with erosion
    Electronic Journal of Probability (25), 33 pp.
    doi: 10.1214/20-EJP450,  arXiv:1907.05845


In preparation

Brief CV

2018–current PhD in math, LPSM, Sorbonne Université
2016–2017 Master's degree in Probability Theory, Sorbonne Université
2015–2016 First year Master's degree in Evolutionary Biology, École Normale Supérieure
2014–2015 Bachelor's degree in Biology, École Normale Supérieure
2014 Admission to École Normale Supérieure
2012–2014 Classe préparatoire BCPST, Lycée Henri 4

You can find a more detailled version here.



Stochastic Models for the Inference of Life Evolution (SMILE)
Center for Intersciplinary Research in Biology (CIRB)
Collège de France
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75231, Paris Cedex 05