Nicolas Pruvost

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Research Interests

As a passionate naturalist I am interested in biodiversity and the evolutionary mechanisms that allow its origin and maintenance. Experimental and theoretical questions about evolutionary biology, ecology, and conservation biology of amphibian populations and communities are my main focuses.

I am investigating the evolutionary potential of hybridization and polyploidization in the amphibian Pelophylax esculentus complex.
Composed of two parental species (P. ridibundus and P. lessonae) and their hybrid taxon P. esculentus (found as diploid or triploid forms), this complex comes in a great variety of breeding systems. Their specific nature depends primarily on the type of gametes produced by the hybrid.
Through artificial crosses and common garden experiments, I am exploring the evolutionary potential of those different reproductive systems and the forces behind it. In particular, I am interested in introgression of genes between the two parental species, and how polyploidization might lead to speciation within the hybrid taxon.

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Education

2008 - 2013 Ph.D. student, Graduate Program Ecology, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1998 - 1999 M.Sc. (2nd year) in Animal and Plant Systematics, National Museum of Natural History, Paris & University Lyon I, France
1997 - 1998 M.Sc. (1st year) in Ecosystem and Population Biology, University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI, France
1994 -1995 B.Sc. in Cellular Biology and Physiology, University Paris XII, France

Professional Positions

2014 – 2015 Research associate, Animal Ecology, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2013 Research assistant, Evolutionary Ecology of Environmental Change, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2008 – 2013 Ph.D. student, Graduate Program Ecology, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2004 – 2008 Laboratory and field assistant, Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory, Zoological Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2000 – 2004 Collection management assistant, U.M.S. 602 Taxonomy and Collections (Reptiles and Amphibians), Department of Systematics and Evolution, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France
1999 – 2000 Field herpetologist for faunistic studies, Végétude engineering and environmental agency, Avon, France
1995 – 1997 National Service in Cooperation and Scientific Research, Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory, Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Teaching

2010 LTK Module 20E courses: Building up and maintaining water frog stocks for crossing experiments
2009 Co-supervision of Master student: Daniel Hollinger

Field Work Expeditions

2008 - 2013 Amphibian collecting trips for the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland, to Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia
2004 - 2008 Amphibian collecting trips for the Evolutionary Genetics Laboratory, Zoological Institute, University of Zurich, Switzerland, to Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey
2003 Reptile and amphibian collecting trip for the U.M.S. 602 Taxonomy and Collections (Reptiles and Amphibians), Department of Systematics and Evolution, National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France, to Nepal, Everest region