Julien Massoni

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Plants interact with a tremendous diversity of organisms that belongs to all parts of the tree of life. The biology, the ecology, and the evolution of both the plant and associated groups are impacted by the nature, the structure, and the dynamics of these relationships. My project aims to characterize the relationships between plants and microorganisms. I am studying the processes that drive the spatial and temporal structures of this interactions from the plant-individual to the geographical scale, and from the plant-lifespan to the plant-evolutionary time scale.

Since the end of my postdoc with Carl Schlichting, we have conducted together a project about the theory of the evolution of plastic responses. More specifically, we are interested in the genomic bases that make possible the evolution of this crucial trait for the adaptation of individuals to changing environments.

2016 – Present
Postdoctoral fellow at the ETH Zurich, Institute of Microbiology.
Microbial ecology of the phyllosphere.
The Vorholt Lab
Funding: Adaptation to a Changing Environment initiative

Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut, department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Community ecology of Great Cape Flora (South Africa).
Schlichting lab.

2010 – 2014
PhD student at the University Paris Sud, department Ecology Systematic and Evolution laboratory
Title: Phylogeny, molecular dating and floral evolution of Magnoliidae.
Sauquet’s lab

– Master’s degree Systematic Evolution and Paleo-Biodiversity (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)
– Biology undergraduate studies (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris)

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