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Research facilities (CEREEP)


Our experimental facilities and natural populations are located at the Research Centre for Experimental and Predictive Ecology (CEREEP-Ecotron IleDeFrance) in Foljuif nearby Paris (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Seine et Marne, France). This field station is located in the vicinity of the Fontainebleau's forest and can be reached by car or train from Paris. The field station has approximately 2000 m2 of laboratory and office space and 80 ha of open field areas for ecological studies. The first experimental enclosures for lizards were designed and built by Jane Lecomte and Jean Clobert in 1992 and the site has expanded continuously since then. The CEREEP is funded by the Région Ile de France , the CNRS and the ANR, and receives continuous support from the Ecole Normale Supérieure

A female common lizard

Outdoor enclosures and natural populations

We use large outdoor enclosures to manipulate entire populations of the common lizard - a native lizard species from Europe. The outdoor enclosures are closed with plastic walls and are approximately 100 m2 large. This is enough space to hold a small population of common lizards of around 20 to 30 subadults and adults. The enclosures are located in a natural meadow habitat and have rock and wood piles that provide shelters and basking places for the lizards, large plastic tanks to collect water and a net that protects the populations from avian predation. The lizard-proof plastic walls are buried ca 40 cm deep into the ground and are approximately 60 cm high. Natural food and sunlight are available for lizards. We are currently using 35 such outdoor enclosures and can also use several other smaller oudoor cages and large plastic containers.

The station also hosts 80 ha of natural habitats that are used by 8 species of lizards and snakes. These species can also be found in natural areas nearby.

Outdoor enclosures

Laboratory space

We have one laboratory room, approximately 25 m2 large, where we can conduct a wide range of measurements and some behavioral observations. The room also offers space to run standard laboratory protocols (blood sampling, immune assays, injections ...) and has storage space for our laboratory equipments (microscopes, centrifuges, visible and UV digital cameras, spectrophotometer, computers...). Our laboratory is equiped with treadmill, racetrack, a QuBit respirometer (open-flow, 7 tracks multiplexer with CO2/O2 sensors), and OceanOptics spectrophotometers.

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Breeding facilities

As part of our standard monitoring program and experiments, we maintain lizards in the laboratory for short time periods, usually over one to two months. For this aim, we have two separate rooms, each approximately 30 m2, which allow to store between 500 and 1000 individual lizards. The lizards are maintained inside individual plastic cages provided with a warm spot, free access to standing water, UV light and a shelter. Room temperature can be controlled and water and food and water are provided inside each cage according to the best standards. Animals are regularly inspected and the breeding facilities is under strict sanitary control.

Maintenance equipment

Research projects involving my research group


Our research projects have been regularly funded by national and international programs:

1996-1999. PhD project by Katia Boudjemadi (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)

1999-2003. PhD project by J.-F. Le Galliard (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)

2002-2003. Post-doc project by Patrick S. Fitze (Federal Office of Education and Research, Switzerland)

2003-2006. PhD project by Julien Cote (Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France)

2006. Post-doc project by Olivier Marquis (Universite de Haute Savoie, France)

2007-2010. PhD project by Marianne Mugabo (Ecole Normale Supérieure, France)

2009-2010. Post-doc project by Manuela Gonzalez (CNRS, France)

2010-2012. Post-doc project by Paolina Artacho (CONICYT, Chili)

2010-2013. PhD project by Mélissa Martin (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France)

2013-2016. PhD project by Rémy Josserand (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France) 

Outdoor enclosures
Breeding facility

Key publications of our group


Here are some of our most representative publications (one per year) since 2003 :

Le Galliard, J.-F., Ferrière, R. and J. Clobert. 2003. Mother-offspring interactions affect natal dispersal in a lizard. Proceedings Royal Society London B 270:1163-1169.

Le Galliard, J.-F., Ferrière, R. and J. Clobert. 2004. Physical performance and darwinian fitness in lizards. Nature 432:502-505.

Le Galliard, J.-F., Fitze, P. S., Ferrière, R. and J. Clobert. 2005. Sex ratio bias, male aggression, and population collapse in lizards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102(50):18231-18236.

Le Galliard, J.-F., Massot, M., Landys, M., Meylan, S. and J. Clobert. 2006. Ontogenic sources of variation in the sexual size dimorphism of a viviparous lizard. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19(3):690-704.

Cote, J., Clobert, J. and P.S. Fitze. 2007. Mother-offspring competition promotes colonisation success. Proceedings ofthe National Academy of Sciences USA. 104(23):9703-9708.

 Fitze, P.S. and J.-F. Le Galliard. 2008. Operational Sex Ratio, Sexual Conflict, and the Intensity of Sexual Selection. Ecology Letters 11(5):432-439.

Clobert, J., Le Galliard, J.-F., Cote, J., Massot, M. and S. Meylan. 2009. Informed dispersal, heterogeneity in animal dispersal syndromes and the dynamics of spatially structured populations. Ideas and Perspectives. Ecology Letters 12(3):197-209.

Cote, J. and J. Clobert. 2010. Risky dispersal: avoiding kin competition despite uncertainty. Ecology 91(5):1485-1493.

Gonzalez-Suarez, Le Galliard, J-F. and D. Claessen. 2011. Population and life-history consequences of within-cohort individual variation. The American Naturalist 178(4):525-537.

Legrand, D., Guillaume, O., Baguette, M., Cote, J., Trochet, A., Calvez, O., Zajitschek, S., Zajitschek, F., Lecomte, J., Bénard, Q., Le Galliard, J.-F.and J. Clobert. 2012. The Metatron: an experimental system to study dispersal and metaecosystem dynamics for terrestrial organisms. Nature Methods 9:828-833

Mugabo, M., Perret, S., Legendre, S. and J.-F. Le Galliard. 2013. Density-dependent life history and the dynamics of small populations. Journal of Animal Ecology 82(6):1227-1239. 

Common lizard Juvenile
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 Sandrine in the laboratory
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Last Updated ( dimanche, 21 septembre 2014 )