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I am a behavioural ecologist. More specifically, my research interests lie in the fields of animal behaviour, decision rules, rationality, mate choice, sexual selection, foraging strategy, animal personality, cognitive bias and emotion. So far, I had the opportunity to work on a wide range of species: insects (honeybee, ants, carabids, Tenebrio), amphipod (Gammarux pulex), fish (convict cichlid), and bird (Zenaida dove). In addition to this experimental work, I indulge myself in theoretical approaches. From a taxonomic viewpoint, my favourite species of models are related to game theory, dynamical systems, and individual based simulations. Finally, I am also interested in statistical methodology.
PhD students Version imprimable

ImageChloé Laubu (2015-2018)
Adaptive value of personality and emotional states: heuristics and decision making in sexual context in a monogamous fish
Supervisors: F.-X. Dechaume-Moncharmont and Philippe Louâpre





ImageAlice Charalabidis (2014-2017)
Effect of inter-individual variability and intraguild interferences on the foraging strategies of seed-eating carabid species
Supervisors: David Bohan, Sandrine Petit and F.-X. Dechaume-Moncharmont





ImageMatthias Galipaud (2009-2012)
Mating strategies and resulting patterns in mate guarding crustaceans: an empirical and theoretical approach
Supervisors: Loïc Bollache and F.-X. Dechaume-Moncharmont.
Current position: post-doc in Hanna Kokko's group, department of evolutionary biology, university of Zurich, Switzerland




ImageKarine Monceau (2006-2009)
Ecology of the Zenaida dove in the Barbados Island
Supervisors: Frank Cézilly and F.-X. Dechaume-Moncharmont.
Current position: lecturer in the university of La Rochelle and Centres d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC)


video: judgement bias test in Convict cichlid Version imprimable



Convict cichlid are trained to open boxes covered by a movable lid. The set-up is used in judgement bias test in order to assess mood (emotional state estimated from optimism-pessimism bias) of the fish when separated from their sexual partners.

> Laubu C, Louâpre P, Dechaume-Moncharmont F-X (2019) Pair-bonding influences affective state in a monogamous fish species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286:20190760 [pdf] + [media coverage]

video: coordinated nest defense in the convict cichlid Version imprimable


Cordinated nest defense against fry predators by a pair of Convict cichlid (Amatitlania siquia), a monogamous tropical fish species. The video was recorded in Lake Xiloà, Nicaragua. In natural environment, the eggs and young are highly vulnerable to predation from other fish species or even convict cichlids (cannibalism). Both parents perform intensive coordinated defense of the nest entrance in order to repel intruders sometimes much larger than themselves.

> Laubu C., Dechaume-Moncharmont F.-X., Motreuil S., Schweitzer C. (2016) Mismatched partners that achieve postpairing behavioral similarity improve their reproductive success. Science Advances, 2(3):e1501013 [open access] + [media coverage]

video: double amplexus in Gammarus pulex Version imprimable


In Gammarus pulex, the pair formation is characterized by a long-lasting mate guarding behaviour, named amplexus, in which a male grasps a female for up to 20 days until the sexual receptiviy of the female. In this video recorded in laboratory conditions, a male is attempting to handle two females, possibly in order to compare the two mating options. 

> Galipaud M., Bollache L., Oughadou A., Dechaume-Moncharmont F.-X. (2015) Males do not always switch females when presented to a better reproductive option. Behavioral Ecology 26:359–366 [pdf] 

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