Cécile FAUVELOT, Chargée de recherche, IRD

Evolutionary Marine Biologist

My research activities focus on evolutionary biology, molecular ecology, marine ecology, population genetics and conservation biology.

I completed my PhD in 2002 in France, working on coral reef fishes from French Polynesia, investigating gene flow – life history trait correlations in coral reef fishes. After my PhD, I explored the impact of population size variations in modifying species genetic diversity and geographic structuring through time on various organisms, from Indonesian butterflies to red coral and other invertebrates from the Mediterranean Sea.

Since 2007, I work at the Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), in the research team ENTROPIE, where my research activities mainly focus on coral reef organisms populations connectivity, using population genetics to answer ecological questions regarding how reef populations are linked by larval dispersal. My current model organisms are various (coral reef fishes, pelagic fishes, giant clams, corals, sea cucumbers), from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, but my main question remains the same: what can their DNA tells us?

I am currently based in Villefranche-sur-mer, France (nearby Nice), hosted at the Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), in the COMPLEx team.


GDRi Marco

The core objective of this GDRi « Marine Connection » is to advance one step further in the integration of data issued from the different thematic fields involved in the study of connectivity, in order to enhance our understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of populations and communities and to improve management of exploited and endangered species and ecosystems.


The Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) CORAIL (Coral reefs in the face of global change) is focused on the study of coral reef ecosystems to ensure their persistence, through effective management, over time. The LabEx CORAIL’s primary objective is to create a French centre of excellence that supports the national trend to consolidate laboratories and to build new collaborations on common topics to enhance international visibility and research excellence.


Founded in 2012 the Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network (DIPnet) was created to advance genetic diversity research in the Indo-Pacific Oceans by aggregating (published) population genetic data into a searchable database so that original datasets can be utilized to address questions concerning conservation of marine biodiversity. It is our aim to promote collaboration and advocate best practices for conducting biodiversity research.



Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche
181 chemin du Lazaret
06230 Villefranche-sur-mer

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