Elvire Bestion
Associate Research Fellow


My interests lie in understanding experimentally the traits linked to organism’s success in a warming climate at various levels of biological organization. During my PhD with Julien Cote and Jean Clobert, I was interested in the impacts of climate change in the common lizard. I used the Metatron, a semi-natural experimental system, to study the consequences of an artificially warmed climate on lizard populations, from the individual level – which phenotypic traits are linked to individual success – to the population and community level. I aimed at understanding the influence of dispersal, selection and plasticity on the adaptation to climate change. 

Here at the ESI I work with Gabriel Yvon-Durocher and Samraat Pawar and I have moved to a more community-based framework, and to smaller study organisms, as I am investigating experimentally the traits linked to invasion success in different climatic conditions in phytoplankton communities.

I am a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute.

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2015 PhD in Lizard Ecology (Université Paul Sabatier, France)

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 259476
AddressEnvironment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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