Robin Aguilée
+33 (0)5 61 55 64 39

Maître de Conférences (Assistant Professor)
Toulouse, France


My work is about ecological and evolutionary processes involved in diversification and adaptation. I focus on spatially structured populations, and on how changes of the spatial structure affect these processes. I aim at modeling the ecological and evolutionary processes over large time scales in order to better understand biodiversity patterns and dynamics. I mainly use theoretical models with various methods (e.g. quantitative genetics, adaptive dynamics, individual-based simulations). Specific projects I'm currently working on are for example:
  • How do archipelago dynamics (island ontogeny and sea level fluctuations) influence the dynamics of immigration, speciation and extinction, and how do these dynamics shape island biodiversity patterns?
  • How does the evolution of specialization during adaptive radiation shape macroevolutionary dyanmics?
  • Which responses to climate change are expected under non-random dispersal in a fragmented landscape? (PhD project of Félix Pellerin)

  • Pellerin, F., J. Cote, E. Bestion and R. Aguilée. 2019. Matching habitat choice promotes species persistence under climate change. Oikos. 128: 221-234. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée*, R., F. Gascuel*, A. Lambert** and R. Ferriere**. 2018. Clade diversification dynamics and the biotic and abiotic controls of speciation and extinction rates. Nat Commun. 9: 3013. *, **: equal contributions. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée, R., G. Raoul, F. Rousset and O. Ronce. 2016. Pollen dispersal slows geographical range shift and accelerates ecological niche shift under climate change. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 113: E5741-E5748. [URL] [PDF]
  • Gascuel, F., R. Ferrière, R. Aguilée and A. Lambert. 2015. How ecology and landscape dynamics shape phylogenetic trees. Syst Biol. 64: 590-607. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée, R., P. de Villemereuil and J.-M. Guillon. 2015. Dispersal evolution and resource matching in a spatially and temporally variable environment. J Theor Biol. 370: 184-196. [URL] [PDF]
  • Warren, B. H., D. Simberloff, R. E. Ricklefs, R. Aguilée, F. L. Condamine, D. Gravel, H. Morlon, N. Mouquet, J. Rosindell, J. Casquet, E. Conti, J. Cornuault, J. M. Fernández‐Palacios, T. Hengl, S. J. Norder, K. F. Rijsdijk, I. Sanmartín, D. Strasberg, K. A. Triantis, L. M. Valente, R. J. Whittaker, R. G. Gillespie, B. C. Emerson and C. Thébaud. 2015. Islands as model systems in ecology and evolution: prospects fifty years after MacArthur‐Wilson. Ecol Lett. 18: 200-217. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée, R., D. Claessen and A. Lambert. 2013. Adaptive radiation driven by the interplay of eco-evolutionary and landscape dynamics. Evolution. 67: 1291-1306. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée, R., F. H. Shaw, F. Rousset, R. G. Shaw and O. Ronce. 2013. How does pollen versus seed dispersal affect niche evolution? Evolution. 67: 792-805. [URL] [PDF]
  • Martin, G., R. Aguilée, J. Ramsayer, O. Kaltz and O. Ronce. 2013. The probability of evolutionary rescue: towards a quantitative comparison between theory and evolution experiments. Philos T Roy Soc B. 368: 20120088. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée, R., A. Lambert and D. Claessen. 2011. Ecological speciation in dynamic landscapes. J Evol Biol. 24: 2663-2677. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée, R., B. de Becdelièvre, A. Lambert and D. Claessen. 2011. Under which conditions is character displacement a likely outcome of secondary contact? J Biol Dyn. 5: 135-146. [URL] [PDF]
  • Aguilée, R., D. Claessen and A. Lambert. 2009. Allele fixation in a dynamic metapopulation: founder effects vs refuge effects. Theor Popul Biol. 76: 105-117. [URL] [PDF]
  • Härdling, R., T. Gosden and R. Aguilée. 2008. Male mating constraints affect mutual mate choice: prudent male courting and sperm limited females. Am Nat. 172: 259-271. [URL] [PDF]


I dedicate half of my time to teaching:
  • Evolutionary ecology (bachelor and master)
  • Populations genetics (bachelor and master)
  • Populations dynamics (master)
  • Quantitative genetics (master)
  • Mathematical tools for evolutionary ecology (master)
  • Ornithology (bachelor)

Last update: July 2019.