Dr Marie Louis

Visiting Scholar Post Doc

Bute E37A

I am a post-doctoral fellow working in population genomics and evolutionary ecology. The aim of my project is to investigate the demographic and adaptive processes leading to evolutionary divergence in highly mobile animals using a multidisciplinary approach combining genomics and ecology, with recent statistical analyses. The study species is the bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus. I am going to test the influence of ecology and behaviour on genomic divergence. In addition, I will also reconstruct the demographic history of the species in different oceanic regions. My project is funded by the Fyssen Foundation and the Total Foundation.



Louis M., Buanic M., Lefeuvre C., Le Nilliot P., Ridoux V. and Spitz J. in press. Strong bonds and small home range in a resident bottlenose dolphin community in a Marine Protected Area (Brittany, France, North-East Atlantic). Marine Mammal Science.

Cammen K. M., Andrews K. R., Carroll E. L., Foote A. D., Humble E., Khudyakov J. I., Louis M., McGowen M. R., Olsen M. T. & Van Cise A. M. 2016. Genomic methods take the plunge: recent advances in high-throughput sequencing of marine mammals. Journal of Heredity. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esw044

Louis M., Gally F., Barbraud C., Béesau J., Tixier P., Simon-Bouhet B., Le Rest K. and Guinet C. 2015. Social structure and abundance of a large coastal population of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the English Channel. Journal of Mammalogy 96: 481–493.

Louis M., Fontaine M., Spitz J., Schlund E., Dabin W., Deaville R., Caurant F., Cherel Y., Guinet C. and Simon-Bouhet B. 2014. Ecological opportunities and specializations shaped genetic divergence in a highly mobile marine top predator. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences 281: 20141558.

Louis M., Viricel A., Lucas T.,  Peltier H., Alfonsi E., Berrow S., Brownlow A., Covelo P., Dabin W., Deaville R., de Stephanis R., Gally F., Gauffier P., Penrose R., Silva M. A, Guinet C. and Simon-Bouhet B. 2014. Habitat-driven population structure of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the North-East Atlantic. Molecular Ecology 23: 857–874.

Jung J.-L., Stéphan E., Louis M., Alfonsi E., Liret C., Carpentier F.-G. and Hassani S., 2009. Harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in north-western France: aerial survey, opportunistic sightings and strandings monitoring. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 89: 1045-1050.