Boris Sauterey

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Phone (859) 257-7450
The Fox Lab

Department of Entomology
S-307 Ag. Science North
Lexington KY 40546-0091


The Fox Lab


The local composition in trait of ecological communities is the result of a complex combination of processes: ecological and evolutionary dynamics (respectively population and trait dynamics), although occurring on relatively different time scales, interact together, selecting locally adapted populations, whereas, at the meta-population level, local eco-evolutionary dynamics are carved by the spatial structure of the habitat (e.g., homogeneous vs heterogeneous, patchy vs mosaic) and by the spatial dynamics (dispersal) that characterize the considered system. Because all these mechanisms are intertwined on different temporal and spatial scales, predicting what will be the outcome of that interplay is not straight-forward. In order to improve our understanding of the process of community and meta-community assembly, I use models aiming at reproducing the diverse facets of this process, and how they interact with each other. I initially come from marine biology, but I now apply my models to the study of pest/crops systems in order to understand the evolution of resistance to pest control strategies by pest populations.


  • 2010-2014: PhD in “Theoretical Ecology” at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris. Topic: How do Ecological, Evolutionary, and Spatial dynamics interact together resulting in the emergence of marine microbial communities’ biogeography? Supervisors: David Claessen and Chris Bowler. 
  • 2008-2010: Master degree in “Theoretical Ecology” at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris (France)
  • 2005-2008: Biology Licence at the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris (France)