My background in mammalian phylogenetics and phylogenomics led me to propose this integrative project aimed at deciphering the mechanisms underlying convergent evolution in ant-eating mammals by studying their morphologies, genomes, and microbiomes.
Lionel is coordinating the morphological part of the project. He has a long interested in understanding morphological evolution and development using modern phenotyping technics such as 3D geometric morphometrics based on microCT scans.
Sérgio Ferreira Cardoso
Sérgio's post-doc focuses on understanding the convergent evolution of skull shape and dental reduction in ant-eating mammals. His project relies on collecting 3D morphometric data on museum specimens hosted in international collections.
Rémi's PhD project investigates the extent of convergent molecular evolution in the transcriptomes and genomes of myrmecophagous mammals.
Amandine is a research assistant in molecular biology. She is in charge of organizing the samples and producing the molecular data of the genomic and microbiome tasks of the project.
Sophie is a student of the Ecology Master from the Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse). Her project is on the molecular evolution, comparative genomics, and transcriptomics of chitinase genes in ant-eating mammals.
Marie-ka is a CNRS research assistant in molecular biology in the Phylogenetics and Molecular Evolution team of ISEM. She is supervising the genomic data acquisition phase of the project.
Benoit is a Lecturer at the University of Montpellier working on evolutionary genomics and molecular evolution. He is co-supervising the PhD thesis of Rémi Allio within the ConvergeAnt project.
Christopher A. Emerling
Post-doc (September 2017-September 2018)
Chris was a post-doctoral fellow from the European Prestige programme for international mobility for a year. His project investigated patterns of convergent gene loss in mammalian genomes in relation to dietary adaptation.
Research Assistant (April 2017-June 2018)
Rachid assisted in producing the molecular data for the project. He more specifically coordinated transcriptome sequencing and made library constructions for shotgun sequencing.
Master Student (September 2017-February 2018)
Mark was a student of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (M2 MEME). His project investigated the structure and function of turbinals in convergent lineages of ant-eating placental mammals.
Ana Maria Moreau
Master Student (March-August 2017)
Ana Maria defended her Master degree (M2 DTEC-Bio) at the University of Montpellier on the molecular characterization of the ant-eating diet applying metabarcoding and metagenomic approaches to fecal samples collected in the field.
Master Student (March 2018-February 2019)
Kathleen was a master student of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME). During her stay in the ConvergeAnt team, she worked on two distinct projects (M1 & M2) related to bitter taste evolution in placental genomes and on the evolution of morphological structures involved in olfaction in ant-eating mammals, respectively.
Master Student (January 2019-June 2019)
Dave was a student of the Darwin Master Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (M2 BEE) of the University of Montpellier. His project focused on comparative transcriptomics of salivary glands in placental mammals.
Master Student (March 2019-June 2019)
Mathilde was a student of the Darwin Master Programme in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (M1 BEE) of the University of Montpellier. Her project consisted in detecting convergent evolution in the genomes of myrmecophagous carnivorans.
Yin Xun Tan
Master Student (September 2019-February 2020)
Yin Xun "Zach" was a master student of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology (MEME). His project compared patterns of phylosymbiosis among gut, oral, and skin microbiomes in mammals.