Matthias Vignon

Matthias VignonMaitre de Conférence

  • Co-responsable Master 2 DynEA (Master Sciences de l'Eau, Anglet, STEE)
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  • 2010-present: Assistant professor, INRA, UMR 1224 ECOBIOP “Behavioural Ecology Group”, St-Pée/Nivelle (France). Statutory Lecturer, Department of Biology, UFR Sciences & Techniques, University of Pau & Pays Adour, Anglet (France)
  • 2008-2009: Teaching Fellow "Marine Parasitology". Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE). UMR 5244 CNRS-EPHE-UPVD: Tropical and Mediterranean Biology and Ecology Laboratory, Perpignan University (France)
  • 2005-2008: PhD in Ecological and Evolutionary Parasitology (Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris). French Ministry of Research and Education Grant. UMR 5244 CNRS-EPHE-UPVD (France) and Insular Research Center and Environment Observatory (French Polynesia). PhD dissertation: "Biological introductions and parasites in coral reefs ecosystems: risk and consequences – Fish introduction into the Hawaiian archipelago" (suppervised by Dr R. Galzin and P. Sasal).
  • 2002-2005: Magistère (Higher Education Establishment degree) Biology, Environment and Ecology. Three years in parallel to classic University Degree. École Normale Supérieure (Ulm Paris, France).
  • 2004-2005: Master in Biological Oceanography and Marine Environment. Paris VI University (France).
  • 2000-2004: Full university curriculum in Biology, Populations and Physiology. Paris VI University (France).


- Co-responsable Master 2 DynEA (Master Sciences de l'Eau, Anglet, STEE. 2022-actuel).

- Comité d'Éthique en Expérimentation Animal (2013-actuel).

- Chargé de mission. Animation mission interdisciplinaire "Adapter les écosystèmes littoraux, forêts et montagnes pour les rendre plus résilients" (2023-actuel).

- Membre nommé au CNU (titulaire, section 67, 2019-2023).


- Morphométrie géométrique.

- Biostatistics.

Thèmes de recherche

- Cause et conséquence de la variabilité morphologique chez les otolithes.

- Utilisation de la microchimie des otolithes comme marqueurs environnementaux

- Histoire évolutive de l'invasion des Salmonidae aux îles Kerguelen.


Répartition thématique des publications depuis le début de ma carrière. D'après WoS (2023).

Vignon M., Tabouret H. Aymes J-C., Pecheyran C., Rives J., Coste-Heinrich P., Huchet E., Bareille G. (2023) Effect of metabolic rate on time-lags change in otolith microchemistry - An experimental approach using Salmo trutta. Journal of Experimental Biology. Accepted.

Vignon M., Zhou M., McIntosh A. R., Correa C., Westley P.A.H., Jacquin L., Labonne J., Hendry A.P. (2023) Trait variation in a successful global invader: A large-scale analysis of morphological variance and integration in the brown trout. Biological Invasions Early Access (DOI10.1007/s10530-023-03003-9).

Aulus-Giacosa L., Guéraud F., Gaudin P., Buoro M., Aymes J.C., Labonne J., Vignon M.. (2021) Human influence on Brown trout juvenile body size during metapopulation expansion. Biology Letters 17(10): 20210366.

● Eldøy S.H., Davidsen J.G., Vignon M., Power M. (2021) The biology and feeding ecology of Arctic charr in the Kerguelen Islands. Journal of Fish Biology 98:526-536.

Vignon M., Aymes J.C. (2020) Functional effect of vaterite - the presence of an alternative crystalline structure in otoliths alters escape kinematics of the brown trout. Journal of Experimental Biology 223: eb222034.

Vignon M. (2020) When the presence of a vateritic otolith has morphological effect on its aragonitic partner: trans-lateral compensation induces bias in microecological patterns in one-side-only vateritic otolith. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77: 285-294.

Aulus-Giacosa L., Aymes J.C., Gaudin P., Vignon M. (2019) Hierarchical variance decomposition of fish scale growth and age to investigate the relative contributions of readers and scales. Marine and Freshwater Research 70: 1828-1837.

Vignon M. (2018) Short-term stress for long-lasting otolith morphology - Brief embryological stress disturbance can reorient otolith ontogenetic trajectory. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75: 1713-1722.

● Jarry M., Beall1 E., Davaine P., Guéraud F., Gaudin P., Aymes J-C., Labonne J., Vignon M. (2018) Sea trout (Salmo trutta) growth patterns during early steps of invasion in the Kerguelen Islands. Polar Biology 41(5): 925-934.

● Marengo M., Baudouin M., Viret A., Laporte M., Berrebi P., Vignon M., Marchand B., Durieux E.D.H. (2017) Combining microsatellite, otolith shape and parasites community analyses as a holistic approach to assess population structure of Dentex dentex. Journal of Sea Research 128: 1-14.

● Geffroy, B., Guilbaud F., Amilhat E., Beaulaton L., Vignon M., Huchet E., Rives J., Bobe J., Fostier A., Guiguen Y., Bardonnet A. (2016) Sexually dimorphic gene expressions in eels: useful markers for early sex assessment in a conservation context. Scientific Reports 6: 34041.

Vignon M. (2016) Investigating Morphospace occupation in multi-scale ecological and evolutionary data using regression tree: Case studies and perspectives. Evolutionary Biology 44: 120-134.

● Aymes J.C., Vignon M., Beall E., Gueraud F., Gaudin P. (2016) Age validation of the Kerguelen Islands brown trout, Salmo trutta L.,and selection of the otolith optimal zone for investigating chronological data series. Fisheries Research 176: 22-29.

●  Vignon, M. (2015) Extracting environmental histories from sclerochronological structures - Recursive partitioning as a mean to explore multielemental composition of fish otolith.  Ecological Informatics 30: 159-169.

●  Vignon, M. (2015) Disentangling and quantifying sources of otolith shape variation across multiple scales using a new hierarchical partitioning approach. Marine Ecology Progress Series 534: 163-177.

 ● Labonne, J., Vignon, M., Prévost, E., Lecomte, F., Dodson, J.J., Kaeuffer, R., Aymes, J.C., Jarry, M., Gaudin, P., Davaine, P., Beall, E. (2013). Invasion dynamics of a fish-free landscape by brown trout (Salmo trutta). PLoS ONE 8(8): e71052.

● Gaither, M.R., Aeby, G., Vignon, M., Meguro, Y.-I., Rigby, M., Runyon, C., Toonen, R.J., Wood, C.L., Bowen, B.W. (2013) An invasive fish and the time-lagged spread of its parasite across the Hawaiian Archipelago. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56940.  

Vignon M. (2012) Ontogenetic trajectories of otolith shape during shift in habitat use: Interaction between otolith growth and environment. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 420-421C: 26-32.

Vignon M. (2011) Putting in shape – Towards a unified approach for the taxonomic description of monogenean haptoral hard parts. Systematic Parasitology 79: 161-174.

Vignon M. (2011) Inference in morphological taxonomy using collinear data and small sample sizes: Monogenean sclerites (Platyhelminthes) as a case study. Zoologica Scripta.

Vignon M., Pariselle A., Vanhove M.P.M. (2011) Modularity in attachment organs of African Cichlidogyrus (Platyhelminthes, Monogenea, Ancyrocephalidae) reflects phylogeny rather than host specificity or geographic distribution. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 102: 694-706.

Vignon M., Dierking J. (2011) Prey regurgitation and stomach vacuity among groupers and snappers. Environmental Biology of Fishes.

Vignon M., Morat F. (2010) Environmental and genetic determinant of otolith shape revealed by a non-indigenous tropical fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 411: 231-241.  

Work T.M., Vignon M., Aeby G.S. (2010) Microparasite ecology and health status of common bluestriped snapper Lutjanus kasmira from the Pacific Islands. Aquatic Biology 9: 185-192.

Vignon M., Sasal P. (2010) Multiscale determinant of parasite abundance: A quantitative hierarchical approach for coral reef fishes. International Journal for Parasitology 40: 443-451.

Vignon M., Sasal P. (2010). The use of geometric morphometrics in understanding shape variability of sclerotized haptoral structures of monogeneans (Platyhelminthes) with insights into biogeographic variability. Parasitology International 59: 183-191.

Vignon M., Sasal P. (2010). Fish introduction and parasite in marine ecosystems: A need for information. Environmental Biology of Fishes 87: 1-8.

Vignon M., Sasal P., Johnson R.L., Galzin R. (2010). Impact of shark-feeding tourism on surrounding fish populations: parasitological and physiological implication off Moorea Island (French Polynesia). Marine and Freshwater Research 61: 163-169.

Vignon M., Sasal P., Rigby M.C., Galzin R. (2009). Multiple parasite introduction and host management plan: Case study from Lutjanids fish in the Hawaiian archipelago. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 85: 133-145.

Vignon M., Sasal P., Galzin R. (2009). Host introduction and parasites: a case study on the parasite community of the peacock grouper Cephalopholis argus (Serranidae) in the Hawaiian Islands. Parasitology Research. 104: 775-782.

Vignon M. (2009) Biological introductions and parasites in coral reefs ecosystems: Risk and consequences – Fish introduction into the Hawaiian archipelago. Cybium 33: 192.

Vignon M., Morat F., Galzin R., Sasal P. (2008). Evidence for spatial limitation of the bluestripe snapper in French Polynesia from parasite and otolith shape analysis. Journal of Fish Biology 73: 2305-2320.

● Morat F., Banaru D., Mérigot B., Batjakas I E., Betoulle S.,Vignon M., Lecomte-Finiger R., Letourneur Y. (2008). Relationships between fish length and otolith length for nine fish species from the Mediterranean basin, Kerguelen Islands, and Pacific Ocean. Cybium 32: 265-269.

Justine J-L. & Vignon M. (2008). Monogeneans of the grouper Epinephelus tauvina (Perciformes, Serranidae) off Moorea, French Polynesia, with a description of Pseudorhabdosynochus pai n. sp. (Monogenea: Diplectanidae). Systematic Parasitology 72: 113-125.

Fels D., Vignon M., Kaltz O. (2008). Ecological and genetic determinants of multiple infection and aggregation in a microbial host-parasite system. Parasitology 135: 1373-1383.