Communal nesting occurs when a single nest is shared by multiple females rearing their pups together. Communal nursing takes place when these females provide milk to all pups in the shared nest despite the high energetic costs of lactation. In house mice, ca 40% of litters are reared in communal nests.
The aim of my Ph.D. thesis was to better understand the evolution of the apparently cooperative behaviour of communal nursing in house mice using lab and field experiments as well as social and reproductive data collected in a free-living population. I have particular interests in potential fitness benefits arising from communal nesting and nursing as well as maternal effects and animal personality.
Education and Professional Positions
|2008 - 2014||Ph.D. thesis on "Short and long-term fitness consequences of maternal care in wild house mice", Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2008||M.Sc. in Behavioural Ecology and Evolution, Laboratoire Biogeosciences - Equipe Ecologie Evolutive, University of Burgundy, France|
|2006||B.Sc. in Biology, University of Burgundy, France|