Research

I consider myself to be an enthusiastic scientist, rooted in the field of evolutionary biology and interested in everything connected with science, particularly if it evolves, or seems to do so. I tend to specialize in the mathematical and software aspects of morphometrics, the statistical analysis of shape, and its use to explore morphological diversity, the underlying development and its evolution, particularly in the vegetal domain.

I have founded two organizations for scientific dissemination in France : Plume! and ShakePeers, and I am co-President of the latter. I’m part of the executive council of the Société Française d’Écologie, in charge of the web development. Overall, I am engaged in the political and practical aspects of the so-called « science-society » interface. I also run Athéna, a small company where I do training and consultancy both in science communication and in statistical analyses.

Here is my complete CV [fr] and my background below:

Current research

I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on the archaeology work-package of the NERC-funded Origins of Agriculture project led by Prof. Glynis Jones. I am based in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and in the Department of Archaeology, where I collaborate with Eleanor Stillman and Glynis Jones in research on the origins of agriculture.

We mainly use morphometrics (outline analysis, open outlines, landmarks and traditionnal morphometrics) on archaeological remains and modern grains.The overall aim of the work package we are working on is to make a substantial contribution to debates concerning the speed at which agriculture was adopted and at which traits characteristic of domestication became ‘fixed’, and the relative importance of human agency and environmental determinism in the shift from gathering to agriculture.

I am the author and maintainer of Momocs, for morphometrics using R. I’m involved in ~10 collaborations, worldwide, mainly on the statistical description of shapes.

Publications

(Feb. 2016)

Communications

Main software contributions


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