- Behavioral ecology (in particular eusociality and familial interactions)
- Evolutive biology
- Insects breeding (termites, ants, mosquitoes)
- Geometric morphometrics (2D & 3D)
- Molecular genetics (ADN & ARN extraction, microsatellites, PCR & qPCR)
- Biochemistry (Metabolic quantitative analysis)
- Population genetics analysis (Genetix, Structure)
- Advanced biostatistics (R)
For further details, please refer to my curriculum vitae here opposite or to my linkedin profile at the bottom of this page.
Termites are xylophagous insects well-known for their hierarchical organization and labour division between individuals which has permit them to be defined as eusocial insects.
The latter organization is based on a highly optimized cast system. Workers take care of the colony by foraging, feeding other casts individuals and taking care of the brood but can also develop into neotenic reproductives. Soldiers defend it against predators and other biotic pressures. Nymphs are morphologically characteristic individuals that will become preferentially reproductive. Lastly, termites of the reproductive cast have a capital role in the colony as they’re the only ones able to mate and lay eggs. They maintain the survival of the colony. Thus this reproductive cast have a key role in every termite species dynamics.
In this thesis project we are investigating the behavioral ecology and genetic of reproductive individuals from two European species, one endemic and one invasive species. The purpose is to understand the different factors of differentiation of the three reproductive kinds (primaries or alates; secondaries or neotenics from two kinds, nymphoids and ergatoids). To do so, we are working with several approaches based on behavior observations, morphometric plasticity, chemical analyses and behavioral genetics.
Alate reproductives couple who already cut their wings to settle a new colony in the ground (Reticulitermes flavipes). Credits : T. Andrieux
Brossette L, Meunier J, Dupont S, Bagnères AG and Lucas C. Parental task allocation at colony foundation in termites. Animal Behaviour.
Lucas C., Brossette L., Lefolch L., Dupont S., Christidès J-P, Bagnères A-G. When predator odor makes groups stronger: effects on social organization in two termites. Insect Science.
Brossette L., Bagnères A-G, Millot A., Blanchard S., Dupont S., Lucas C.. Termite's royal cradle: does colony foundation success differ between two subterranean species?. Insectes Sociaux.
Gimonneau G., Brossette L., Mamaï W., Dabiré R., Simard F.. 2013, Differential responses to larval interspecific competition between Anopheles coluzzii and Anopheles gambiae in insectary and semi-natural conditions.Acta tropica. [pdf]