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Charlotte RecapetAssistant professor/Lecturer

  • Education
  • Skills
  • Research interests
  • Supervision
  • Publications



Areas of expertise:

  • individual and population responses to environmental change,
  • evolution of life-history traits (dispersal, reproduction strategies, aging),
  • ecophysiology (bioenergetics, oxidative stress).

Statistics and modelling:

General and generalized linear models, mixed-effects models, quantitative genetics (R, SPSS). Frequentist and bayesian approaches.

Dynamic energy budget (DEB) models.

Matrix population models, spatially-explicit individual-based models.

Languages: R, MATLAB, Octave, basics of Python.

Communication and didactics:

Use of active pedagogy, cooperative learning and flipped classroom methods.

Writing of scientific articles, reports and scientific blogs.

Oral presentation to a scientific or lay audience, discussions with the general public, classroom visits in high schools.

Technical skills:

Monitoring of mammals' and birds' populations: identification (visual and by sound), catching and manipulation, dissection and identification of ecto- and endo-parasites, blood taking, subcutaneous and intra-peritoneal injections.

Metabolism: doubly-labelled water, spectrophotometry, extraction of carotenoids and HPLC quantification. 

Genomics: DNA extraction and quantification, RFLP, RT-qPCR on DNA.

Data extraction and management: linked databases (R, Access), spatial data and geographic information system (QGis, R), images analysis (ImageJ).

Foreign languages: English fluent, good working knowledge of German and Italian.

Research interests

Individual variation in life-history strategies of migratory fishes: energetic and physiological mechanisms.

Focussing on the individual level, Charlote Récapet seeks to understand the maintenance of the diversity in life-history strategies observed within populations. She is in particular interested in the role of energy metabolism and oxidative stress in mediating life-history tradeoffs and individual responses to environmental variation. Her research, by combining field, experimental and modelling approaches, test the mechanisms  but also the demographic and evolutionary consequences of life-history diversification.


Master students

2019 Hélène Baillif, University of Rennes (France).

2017 Anaïs Le Mauff, University of Poitiers (France). Now a PhD student at University of Orléans.

2015 Joelle Taroni, University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Now working for Swiss environment services.

2014 Justine Le Vaillant, University of Rennes (France). Now a PhD student at University of Oviedo.

2014 Pierre-Lou Marion, University of Rouen (France). Now a biology teacher.

2014 Lauréline Guinnefollau, University of Tours (France). Now a PhD student at Massey University.

2013 Lise Sannipoli, University of Rennes (France). Now a biology teacher.

2013 Alice Goossens, University of Saint-Etienne (France). Now an ecology consultant.

2013 Benoit Aliaga, University of Perpignan (France). Now a postdoctoral researcher at University of Montpellier (http://benoit-aliaga.fr)

2012 Adélaïde Sibeaux, University of Bourgogne (France). Now a PhD student at Deakin University.


Peer-reviewed publications

Récapet C., Arrivé M., Doligez B. and Bize P. (2019) Antioxidant capacity is repeatable across years but does not consistently correlate with a marker of peroxidation in a free-living passerine bird. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 189(2):283-298.

Récapet C., Bize P. and Doligez B. (2017) Food availability modulates differences in parental effort between dispersing and philopatric birds. Behavioral Ecology 28(3):688-697.

Récapet C., Sibeaux A., Cauchard L., Doligez B. and Bize P. (2016) Selective disappearance of individuals with high levels of glycated hemoglobin in the free living collared flycatcher. Biology Letters 12:20160243.

Récapet C., Zahariev A., Blanc S., Arrivé M., Criscuolo F., Bize P. and Doligez B. (2016) Differences in the oxidative balance of dispersing and non-dispersing individuals: an experimental approach in a passerine bird. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16:125.

Récapet C., Daniel G., Taroni J., Bize P. and Doligez B. (2016) Food supplementation mitigates dispersal-dependent differences in nest-defence in a passerine bird. Biology Letters 12:20160097.

Récapet C., Dauphin L., Jacquin L., Gasparini J. and Prévot-Julliard A.-C. (2013). Eumelanin-based colouration reflects local survival of juvenile feral pigeons in an urban pigeon house. Journal of Avian Biology 44(6):583-590.

Jacquin L., Récapet C., Prévot-Julliard A.-C., Leboucher G., Lenouvel P., Erin N., Corbel H., Frantz A. and Gasparini J. (2013). A potential role for parasites in the maintenance of melanin-based coloration polymorphism in urban pigeons. Oecologia 173:1089-1099.

Jacquin L., Récapet C., Bouche P., Leboucher G. and Gasparini J. (2012). Melanin-based coloration reflects alternative strategies to cope with food limitation in pigeons. Behavioral Ecology 23(4):907-915.

Blumstein D.T. and Récapet C. (2009). The sound of arousal: the addition of novel non-linearities increases responsiveness in marmot alarm calls. Ethology 115(11):1074–1081.

Other publications

Ripple W. J., Wolf C., Newsome T. M., Galetti M., Alamgir M., Crist E., Mahmoud M. I., Laurance W. F. and 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries(2017) World scientists’ warning to humanity: A second notice. BioScience, bix125.

Gasparini J., Dauphin L., Favrelière J., Frantz A., Jacquin L., Récapet C. and Prévot A.-C. (2017) Effects of confinement on body mass and site fidelity of feral pigeons during the setting-up of pigeon houses. bioRxiv, 194043.