Ecology and Behaviour meeting in Strasbourg, France, March 21-24th, 2022. Young researchers have the opportunity to present their work in a friendly free of charge.

Icefishes are incredible and highly adapted to extreme cold (no haemoglobin or red blood cell). They form huge colonies with millions of nests, as the one discovered in Weddel sea.
📄 Purser et al (2022) A vast icefish breeding colony discovered in the Antarctic. Current Biology 0

RIP E. O. Wilson, a giant in evolutionary biology and myrmecology, at 92. 🐜


His 1990 book with Bert Hölldobler, "The Ants", is online for free at AntWiki:

"The Trailhead" is his 2010 fiction story about an ant colony:

#science #biology #evolution #news #RIP 🐘


Only 238 new researcher positions at this year (even less than last year).

In 20 years, we lost 10 positions per year (and a lot of admin support and funding).

What kind of planetary event could help our governments realise the importance of fundamental research? 🤔


By contrast with other species, human survive postreproductive period. Our delayed could be explained by our social structures in which grandparents remain active to provision offspring.
📄 Lieberman et al (2021) The active grandparent hypothesis: Physical activity and the evolution of extended human healthspans and lifespans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118

Why do so many couples look alike? It is tempting to immediately interpret this pattern of assortative mating as resulting from preferences. This paper gives a very complete review of alternative explanations.
📄 Versluys et al (2021) Why do we pick similar mates, or do we? Biology Letters 17:20210463

I am looking for a student in behavioural and ecology deeply interested in mathematical and/or computational modelling. It's a three-year position, based in Lyon, France (nice city & good food, close to the Alps).

Fascinating book about the political and philosophical implications of . This beautifully narrated historical book is focusing on Italy and England in the 17th century, way before the debate between Newton and Leibniz.
📄 Alexander (2014) Infinitesimal: how a dangerous mathematical theory shaped the modern world. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York

In our post-industrial societies, we are becoming less active. Since accelerometer did not exist in the 19th century, it is tricky to evaluate long-term declines. Yegian et al had a clever idea: our resting body is a proxy for our resting metabolic rate, and thus our global activity. It reveals an average decline of daily activity of 27 min.
📄 Yegian et al. (2021) Current Biology 31:R1375–R1376

Spread of infectious disease in bees : mass-flowering crops has strong deleterious effects on wildlife epidemiology.
📄 Cohen et al (2021) Mass-flowering monoculture attracts bees, amplifying parasite prevalence. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 288:20211369

Too smart for cage life : intelligence can confer poor captive in species. .behaviour
📄 Mellor et al. (2021) Nature calls: intelligence and natural foraging style predict poor welfare in captive parrots. Proc R Soc Lond B 288:20211952

@antoinechambertloir Non, je n'ai jamais reçu de telles consignes en plus d'une vingtaine de jurys (CNU 67, écologie). Cela doit fortement dépendre des disciplines, des ED, voire des usages dans la CNU

As bats and dolphins, some species of mouse use ultrasonic vocalizations for : a nice case of convergent evolution.
📄 He et al (2021) Echolocation in soft-furred tree mice. Science 372:eaay1513

are anything but passive particles. They actively move in the water column to evade by fish or whales.
📄 Urmy & Benoit-Bird (2021) Fear dynamically structures the ocean’s pelagic zone. Current Biology

of Richard Lewontin who deeply influenced generations
of researchers in .
📄 Charlesworth (2021) Richard C. Lewontin (1929–2021). Current Biology 31:R1020–R1022

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