People

Charles Mullon

Charles Mullon

Head, PI
After undergraduate studies in Mathematics, Charles did his PhD in evolutionary biology on the evolution of sexual dimorphism at University College London. He then moved to the University of Lausanne for a post-doc investigating the emergence of social polymorphism in structured populations. He then went to Japan for a brief time as an invited lecturer. Starting January 2020, he is an Eccellenza assistant professor at the University of Lausanne.
         
Thomas Lesaffre

Thomas Lesaffre

Post-doc
Thomas obtained his Master's degree in evolutionary ecology at the University of Lille (France), followed by a PhD in theoretical population genetics with Sylvain Billiard in the same institution. During his PhD, he used both analytical and individual-centered simulation approaches to study the link between perenniality, inbreeding depression and mating systems in flowering plants. After defending his thesis in March 2021, he joined the lab in October 2021 as a post-doc to continue to develop theory on plant evolution by trying to better incorporate plant physiological processes into evolutionary theory.
         
Ewan Flintham

Ewan Flintham

Post-doc
Ewan completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Oxford before moving to Imperial College London to do a master's in Computational Biology and a PhD in theoretical evolutionary biology supervised by Vincent Savolainen and Charles Mullon. He joined the lab full-time in Autumn 2022 as a post-doc. Ewan uses mathematical models and computer simulations to study eco-evolutionary dynamics in sexual systems. In particular, he is interested in the role of population ecology in driving the evolution of sexual reproduction and biological sex differences.
     
Iris Prigent

Iris Prigent

PhD student
Iris holds a Msc in evolutionary biology from the Université de Montpellier with a background in mathematics. She previously worked with Fabien Condamine (Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier) on the phylogeny of cycads, and with Amaury Lambert and Julie Marin (College de France) on modelling the effect of gene flow on gene trees. Iris is now a PhD student modelling evolution in metapopulations. Using mathematical modelling, she wants to understand the emergence of polymorphism for functional traits that influence a species’ ecology with long term effects, such as resource use strategies or habitat maintenance.
     
Vitor Sudbrack

Vitor Sudbrack

PhD student
Coming from physics, Vitor's Master thesis with Roberto Kraenkel at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (IFT/Unesp, Brazil) focused on modeling the effects of habitat fragmentation into single species dynamics in artificial landscapes. During a scientific stay at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC/CSIC/UiB, Spain), Vitor studied competition release between two competing species in fragmented landscapes. In his PhD, he will investigate the effects of population structure on the segregation of social and competitive alleles to better understand the pace and underlying genetic signatures of adaptation in non-randomly mixing populations.
             

Alumni

Franz Chai

Franz Chai

Master student
Franz worked on the project The effect of encounter rate on sexual discrimination under the supervision of Ewan.
 
Max Schmid

Max Schmid

Post-doc
After a post-doc in our lab, Max is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
           
Marco Fele

Marco Fele

Master student
After investigating whether leadership favors colony performance in the decision-making process with simulations, Marco is currently a PhD student at Swansea University, UK.
Manuel Grubb

Manuel Grubb

Master student
Manuel developed the project The effect of ecological inheritance on the evolution of resource consumption under the supervision of Iris.
Loraine Hablützel

Loraine Hablützel

Master student
After her Master project supervised by Max, Loraine is now a PhD student at the University of Bern.
   
Marie Kolsh

Marie Kolsh

Master student
Marie studied the effects of social structure and dispersion on the culture of vervet monkeys, supervised by Charles Mullon and Erica van de Waal.