Dr Marie Louis:
Visiting Scholar Post Doc

Dr Marie Louis

Dr Marie Louis
Bute Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TS

room: E37A

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Centre for Biological Diversity

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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., Skovrind M., Castruita J.A.S., Garilao C., Kaschner K., Gopalakrishnan S., Haile J., Lydersen C., Kovacs K.M., Garde E., Heide-Jørgensen M.P., Postma L., Ferguson S., Willerslev E., Lorenzen E.D. 2020. Influence of past climate change on phylogeography and demographic history of narwhals, Modonon monoceros. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences

Nykänen M.*, Louis M.* Dillane E., Alfonsi E., Berrow S., O’Brien J., Brownlow A., Covelo P., Dabin W., Deaville R., de Stephanis R., Gally F., Gauffier P., Ingram S. N., Lucas T., Mirimin L., Penrose R., Rogan E., Silva M. A., Simon-Bouhet B., Gaggiotti O. E. 2019. Fine-scale population structure and connectivity of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in European waters and implications for conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 29: 197-211 *Joint first author.

Nykänen M., Kaschner K., Dabin W., Brownlow A., Davison N., Deaville R., Garilao C., Gilbert M.T.P., Penrose R., Islas-Villanueva V., Wales N., Ingram S.N., Rogan E., Louis M.* and Foote A. D.* 2019. Post-glacial colonization of northern coastal habitat by bottlenose dolphins: A marine leading-edge expansion? Journal of Heredity, esz039. *Joint senior author.

Foote A. D., Martin M. D., Louis M., Pacheco G., Robertson K. M., Sinding M. S., Amaral A. R., Baird R. W., Baker C. S., Balance L., Barlow J., Brownlow A., Collins T., Constantine R., Dabin W., Dalla Rosa L., Davison N. J., Durban J. W., Esteban R., Ferguson S. H., Gerodette T., Guinet C., Hanson M. B., Hoggard W., Matthews C. J. D., Samarra F. I. P., de Stephanis R., Tavares S., Tixier P., Totterdell J. A., Wade P., Gilbert M. T. P., Wolf J. B. W., Morin P. A. in press in Molecular Ecology. Killer whale genomes reveal a complex history of recurrent admixture and vicariance. Molecular Ecology 28: 3427–3444.

Nykänen M., Dillane E., England A., Foote A. D., Ingram S., Louis M., Mirimin L., Oudejans M., Rogan E. 2018. Quantifying dispersal between marine protected areas by a highly mobile species, the bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus. Ecology and Evolution 8: 9241-9258.

Louis M., Simon-Bouhet B., Viricel A., Lucas T., Gally F., Cherel Y. and Guinet C. 2018. Evaluating the influence of ecology, kinship and phylogeography on the social structure of resident coastal bottlenose dolphins. Marine Biology 165:80.

Morin P. A., Foote A. D., Hill A. D., Simon-Bouhet B., Lang A. R. and Louis M. 2018. SNP discovery from single and multiplex genome assemblies of non-model organisms. Book chapter in Methods for Molecular Biology 1712:113–144.

Giménez J., Louis M., Baron E., Verborgh P., Gauffier P., Forero M., Eljarrat E., Barcelo D. and de Stephanis R. 2018. A multi-disciplinary approach to define conservation units of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 28: 2015-215.

Louis M., Buanic M., Lefeuvre C., Le Nilliot P., Ridoux V. and Spitz J. 2017. 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., Andrews K., Carroll E., Foote A.D, Humble E., Khudyakov J., Louis M., McGowen M., Olsen M. T. and Van Cise A. 2016. Genomic methods take the plunge: recent advances in high-throughput sequencing of marine mammals. Journal of Heredity 107: 481-495 (Invited review,).

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.

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