I am specifically interested in population genomics to gain insight into the evolutionary processes and dynamics of brown algae.

As part of my postdoctoral fellowship, I study what are the genetic and environmental factors that would permit the emergence of new species (speciation). To explore this question, I focus my research on the genomes of Ectocarpus, a species complex in which divergent populations of the same species accumulate genetic differences and eventually become unable to interbreed.



  • Lauric Reynes, Thierry Thibaut, Stéphane Mauger, Aurélie Blanfuné, Florian Holon, Corinne Cruaud, Arnaud Couloux, Myriam Valero, Didier Aurelle (2021). Genomic signatures of clonality in the deep water kelp Laminaria rodriguezii, Molecular Ecology (article DOI: 10.1111/mec.15860).
  • Lauric Reynes, Didier Aurelle, Cristele Chevalier, Christel Pinazo, Myriam Valero, Stéphane Mauger, Stéphane Sartoretto, Aurélie Blanfuné, Sandrine Ruitton, Charles-François Boudouresque, Marc Verlaque, Thierry Thibaut (2021). Population genomics and Lagrangian modeling shed light on dispersal events in the Mediterranean endemic Ericaria zosteroides (= Cystoseira zosteroides) (Fucales), Frontiers in Marine Science (article DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.683528).
  • Shivani Rana, Klaus Valentin, Jana Riehl, Aurélie Blanfuné, Lauric Reynes, Thierry Thibaut, Inka Bartsch, Ludwig Eichinger, Gernot Glöckner (2021). Analysis of Organellar genomes in brown algae reveals an independent introduction of similar foreign sequences into the mitochondrial genome, Genomics (volume 113, issue 2, pages 646-654, article DOI: 10.1016/j.ygeno.2021.01.003).