Curriculum Vitae

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Education and research positions

2016-present Post-doctorate. Adaptive responses to resource availability and disturbance: analysis with experimental evolution in a model plant species. Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE, CNRS UMR 5175, Montpellier, France). Supervisor: Dr. C. Violle.

2013-2016  Post-doctorate. Genetic diversity of growth strategies in Arabidopsis thaliana: study of natural variation and hybrid performance. Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tübingen, Germany). Supervisor: Dr. D. Weigel.

2012  Doctorate of Integrative Plant biology. Plant integrated responses to water deficit and high temperature: from gene to phenotype in Arabidopsis thaliana. Laboratoire d’Ecophysiologie des Plantes sous Stress Environnementaux (LEPSE, INRA UMR759 Montpellier SupAgro, France). Supervisor: Dr. C. Granier.

2009  Master of Sciences and Technologies. Speciality: Integrative Plant Biology: Gene, Plant, Agrosystem. Implication of the gibberellic acid pathway in the control of recurrent blooming in rose. Laboratoire de Génétique et Horticulture (INRA UMR1259, Angers, France). Supervisor: Dr. F. Foucher.

2009  Agronomist Engineer. Institut Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, Agroalimentaires, Horticoles et du Paysage (Agrocampus-Ouest, Rennes, France).

Number of publications: 14

h-index: 11

Significant publications

Vasseur, F., Exposito-Alonso, M., Ayala-Garay O., Wang, G., Enquist B.J., Vile D., Violle C., Weigel, D. (2018). Adaptive diversification of growth allometry in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (13), 3416-3421.

Exposito-Alonso, M., Vasseur, F., Ding, W., Wang, G., Burbano, H. A., Weigel, D. (2018). Genomic basis and evolutionary potential for extreme drought adaptation in Arabidopsis thalianaNature ecology & evolution 2(2): 352.

Seymour D.K., Chae E., Grimm D.G., Pizarro C.M., Haring-Muller A., Vasseur, F., Rakitsch B., Borgwardt K.M., Koenig D., Weigel D. (2016). The genetic architecture of non-additive inheritance in Arabidopsis thaliana hybrids. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(46): E7317–E7326.

Vasseur F., Violle C., Enquist B.J., Granier C., Vile D. (2012). A common genetic basis to the origin of the leaf economics spectrum and metabolic scaling allometry. Ecology Letters, 15(10): 1149-1157.

Vasseur F., Pantin F., Vile D. (2011). Changes in light intensity reveal a major role for carbon balance in Arabidopsis responses to high temperature. Plant Cell and Environment, 34(9): 1563-1576.

Student mentoring

  1. Thibaut Bontpart. “Resource-use trade-off in Arabidopsis thaliana: genetic determinism and reproductive success”. Master. Université de Montpellier 2, France. Jan. – Jun. 2012.
  2. Nathalie Lackus. “Examining the role of flowering time on the resistance to biotic stresses in Arabidopsis thaliana”. Bachelor thesis. Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany. Jan. – Apr. 2015.
  3. Iris Thorner. “Intraspecific trait variability and plant-plant interactions influence foraging behaviour of a generalist herbivore: the case of Arabidopsis thaliana”. Master. Ecole normale Supérieure de Lyon, France. Jan. – May 2017.
  4. Louise Fouqueau. “Influence of nonlinear relationships on the emergence of trait heterosis: analysis with 450 hybrids in Arabidopsis thaliana”. Master 2. Université de Montpellier 2, France. Jan. – May 2017.
  5. Alix Decamus. “Correlation between seed mass and germination rate in Arabidopsis thaliana”. DUT, Université de Perpignan, France. May – Jul. 2017.
  6. Orane Boucher. “Effet du stress édaphique et de l’herbivorie lors de l’évolution expérimentale de poipulations d’Arabidopsis thaliana”. DUT, Université de Clermont-Ferrand, France. May – Jul. 2018.

Invited oral communications

  1. “Selection on growth strategy across Arabidopsis thaliana”. Institute of Evolution & Ecology, University of Tübingen, Germany (Feb. 2016).
  2. “Genetic determinism of plant plasticity: disentangling cryptic genetic variation from plant allometry”. Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany (May 2012).

Awards and grants

PI of the ANR grant AraBreed (2018-2021): ANR PRCI 2018-2021 grant (co-funded with DFG). Total grant amount: 494k€. Co-supervised with Cyrille Violle (CEFE, France), Niek Scheepens (Uni. Tübingen, Germany), Denis Vile (LEPSE, France) and Detlef Weigel (MPI Tübingen, Germany).

Agrenskills+ postdoctoral grant (2017-2019): postdoctoral grant co-funded by INRA and the Agreenskills+ program (project ranked 2nd).

PhD thesis funded by a CIFRE grant (2009-2012) from a collaboration between Bayer CropScience (Gent, Belgium) and the Laboratory of Plant Ecophysiology under Environmental Stress (LEPSE, Montpellier, France).

Leadership, service and outreach

Symposium organizer (2018): “Rapid evolutionary responses in a changing world” at the Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology (Evolution Montpellier, Aug. 2018). Co-organized with Moises Exposito-Alonso (MPI Tübingen), Niek Scheepens (Uni. Tübingen) and Carol E. Lee (Uni. Wisconsin). Invited speaker: Dmitri Petrov (University of Stanford, USA).

GrENE-net consortium coordinator (2017-2022): co-supervised with Niek Scheepens (Uni. Tübingen) and Moises Exposito-Alonso (MPI Tübingen) (

Referee for several journals, including Ecology Letters, Heredity, Journal of Experimental Botany, Forest, Agroforestry Systems, Oecologia, PLOS One