|2016-2018||Master degree in Behavioral ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity completed with honors, University of Tours (Tours, France)|
|2013 - 2016||Bachelor degree in Ecosystems and Organisms Biology completed with honors, University of Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France)|
PhD position, Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Susanne FOITZIK and Dr. Barbara FELDMEYER
Project: Functional basis of the fecundity-longevity reversal in the ant Temnothorax rugatulus
Research project, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
Supervisor: Dr. Lori LACH
Project: Parasite recognition among Asian and European honey bees
Research project, Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l’Insecte (Tours, France)
Supervisor: Dr. Christophe LUCAS
Project: Social control of reproductives differentiation in Reticulitermes flavipes
Research project, Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (Villiers-en-Bois, France)
Supervisor: Dr. Frédéric ANGELIER
Project: Influence of rainfall on reproductive success in great tit Parus Major
I have a strong interest in the evolution of life history traits, mechanisms underlying castes differentiation and more broadly societal organizations in social insects. The complexity of these societies makes them interesting to explore from an evolutionary perspective and I am enthusiastic at the idea to investigate such research questions using behaviour, genetics and epigenetics, which I find fascinating.
Most living organisms are facing a trade-off between fecundity and longevity regarding their resource allocations. However, in social insects, this trade-off is reversed so that the queen, which is the most fertile individual, is also the longest lived while the workers are non-reproductive individuals and live shorter. The aim of my project is to explore the underlying molecular basis of this positive association using the ant Temnothorax rugatulus as study model. Using experimental manipulations, behavioral observations and gene expression analyses I will investigate (i) the regulation and connectivity of candidate genes in gene regulatory pathways and (ii) epigenetic mechanisms regulating expression in these pathways as well as (iii) the influence of diet and particularly protein content on ant fecundity and longevity and finally (iv) the potential improved immunocompetence in queens following an induced increased fecundity.