Professional background

My studies in biology and pharmacy, both concluded by a doctorate degree, have allowed me to gain a great knowledge in various fields of natural sciences including botany in its broader sense (floristics, systematics, taxonomy and ethnobotany), mycology, or more generally macroevolution (biogeography, phylogenetics, molecular dating, etc.).

Having led several scientific projects, supervised MSc and PhD students and taught at the university level, I am very autonomous at work and bring along the didactic and relational qualities inherent to any team effort. By publishing numerous scientific papers and popular articles, I have developed writing skills valued by both scholars and the general audience. Finally, my competences as a reviewer and editor for several academic journals, have endowed me with a synthetic, rigorous and critical thinking.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Scientific collaborator, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, since 2020

Project FNS-Sinergia no 186227 (Official Website)

Botanical legacies from the Enlightenment: unexplored collections and texts at the crossroads between humanities and sciences

 

Freelance biologist, since 2016

Writer, lecturer, botanist (plant sampling, vegetation survey, taxonomic revision)

ACADEMIC CAREER

Postdoctoral researcher, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, 2009-2015

Evolutionary history of the genus Campanula (Campanulaceae)

 

Postdoctoral researcher, Universität Zürich, Switzerland, 2005-2009

Dating the origins of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: A window on the biogeography of Araceae and Boraginaceae

 

Postdoctoral researcher, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, 2001-2005

Evolutionary significance of polyploidy and hybridization in Centaurium (Gentianaceae), and taxonomic consequences

 

PhD Dissertation, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, 1997-2001

Phylogenetic relationships within the subtribe Chironiinae (Gentianaceae), with a particular focus on the evolutionary trends and biogeographic patterns of the genus Centaurium Hill s.l.

 

MSc in Biology, Université des Sciences d'Orsay, Université de Paris-Saclay, France, 1994-1995

Effect of the environment on the production of condensed tanins in Lotus uliginous (Fabaceae)

 

Doctor of Pharmacy, Faculté de Pharmacie, Université de Montpellier 1, France, 1987-1993

Étude botanique des genres Gentiana et Gentianella en France

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Teaching at BSc and MSc level

Pharmaceutical botany (60h), Phylogenetic reconstructions (20h), Collections management (4h)

 

Associate Editor for the journal Taxon, 2011-2017

 

Reviewer for the following journals:

Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biological Review, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Folia Geobotanica, Journal of Biogeography, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, Phytologia Balkanica, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Sida Contributions to Botany, Systematic Botany, Taxon, Willdenowia

 

Lab Manager, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel, 1999-2000

Last edited: 15/03/2021