Laboratoire de Génétique et Evolution des Populations Végétales

Bâtiment SN2

Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1

F-59655 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex



Tel : (+33)3 20 43 49 91 ; Fax : (+33)3 20 43 69 79


Research Interests

My broad field of interest is Ecology (Functional and Evolutionary) in a wide meaning, associated with Populations Biology.


More precisely, I am now interested in the field of Biological invasions and particularly focused in the role of putative evolutionary changes that occurred during establishment and / or colonization processes in areas of introduction of such species, and which could trigger or enhance their invasiveness in their new communities.




1st year

2nd year

3rd year

1st year

2nd year

- Plant Biology, Anatomy, and Morphology

- Mendelian Genetics and heritability

- Biodiversity, Speciation, Evolution, and Population Genetics

- Principles of Phylogenetic Inferences

- Invasions Biology, and introduction to principles of Biological Control

- Plant Systematics

- Plant Biology

- Biotic Interactions


- Extinctions Biology, and introduction to Conservation Biology

- Mendelian Genetics

- General and Evolutionary Ecology

- Domestication Syndrome in Plants





- Principles of Phylogenetic Inferences




Amsellem L., McKey D. 2006. Integrating phenological, chemical and biotic defences in ant-plant protection mutualisms: a case study of two myrmecophyte lineages. Chemoecology, 16: 223-234.

Amsellem L., Risterucci A.-M., Benrey B. 2003. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Lobesia botrana Den. & Schiff. (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Molecular Ecology Notes, 3: 117-119.

Amsellem L., Noyer J.-L., Pailler T., Hossaert-McKey M. 2002. Characterisation of pseudogamous apospory in the reproductive biology of the invasive weed Rubus alceifolius (Rosaceae), in its area of introduction. Acta Botanica Gallica, 149: 217-224.

Amsellem L., Noyer J.-L., Hossaert-McKey M. 2001. Evidences of a switch in the reproductive biology of Rubus alceifolius (Rosaceae) towards apomixis, between its native range and its area of introduction. American Journal of Botany, 88: 2243-2251.

Amsellem L., Chevallier M.-H., Hossaert-McKey M. 2001. Ploidy level of the invasive weed Rubus alceifolius (Rosaceae) in its native range and area of introduction. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 228: 171-179.

Amsellem L., Dutech C., Billotte N. 2001. Isolation and characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci in Rubus alceifolius Poir. (Rosaceae), an invasive weed in La Réunion island. Molecular Ecology Notes, 1: 33-35.

Amsellem L., Noyer J.-L., Le Bourgeois T., Hossaert-McKey M. 2000. Comparison of genetic diversity of the invasive weed Rubus alceifolius Poir. (Rosaceae) in its native range and in areas of introduction, using amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) markers. Molecular Ecology, 9: 433-455.

Dutech C., Amsellem L., Billotte N., Jarne P. 2000. Characterization of (GA)n microsatellite loci using an enrichment protocol in the neotropical tree species Vouacapoua americana. Molecular Ecology, 9: 1433-1435.

PhD Thesis (). 2000. Comparaison entre aires d’origine et d’introduction de quelques traits biologiques chez Rubus alceifolius Poir. (Rosaceae), plante envahissante dans les îles de l’Océan Indien.

Brouat C., Gibernau M., Amsellem L., McKey D. 1998. Corner's rules revisited: ontogenetic and interspecific patterns in leaf-stem allometry. New Phytologist, 139: 459-470.

Curriculum Vitae

Since Sept. 2002

Junior Lecturer, then Lecturer (since February 2004), in the Department of Biology of the University of Lille 1, to the Laboratoire de Génétique et Evolution des Populations Végétales.

Since 2007 -- "Characterization of processes and evolutionary changes implicated in invasiveness of exotic species in their communities of introduction".

(Until 2007 -- "Phentotypic characterisation and modalities of apparition of zinc tolerance for the genus Arabidopsis (Brassicaceae): Origin and evolution for A. arenosa)".

Oct. 2001

To Aug. 2002

Post-doctoral position at the Institute of Zoology of the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland), in the Laboratory of Entomology and Animal Ecology.

Comparison of genetic structure and dynamics of populations of the lepidoptera Lobesia botrana (Tortricidae), crop-pest of cultivated grapevine, between vineyards in Switzerland, France, and Italy, with the help of microsatellite markers.

Feb. to Aug. 2001

Junior Lecturer ("ATER) to the Biology Department of the University of La Réunion, in the actual Laboratory of Plant Community and Bio-agressors in Tropical Habitat.

Study of genetic diversity and reconstruction of phylogeography of an endemic vine of La Reunion island, and endangered of extinction: Hugonia serrata (Linaceae), using AFLP markers. Determination of populations to protect in priority in order to preserve the maximim genetic variability

1997 to 2000

PhD position in "Populations Biology and Ecology" speciality, at the CEFE(CNRS), and the CIRAD (both in Montpellier, France).

"Comparison between native range and areas of introduction of some biological traits of Rubus alceifolius Poir. (Rosaceae), invading weed in the Indian Ocean islands".