Dr. Jerome Gippet


I am interested in understanding and predicting how human activities drive current changes in distributions of plant and animal species. 

During my PhD, I studied the consequences of urbanisation on the spatial distribution of native and invasive ant species, as well as intraspecific variations among urban and rural populations of the urban-tolerant ant Lasius niger.

I am now focusing on human-mediated dispersal. I aim to develop theoretical and modelling approaches to better understand the mechanisms involved in both accidental and intentional translocations of species at different spatial scales.

I recently surveyed the emerging global trade in ants as non-traditional pets and used it as a model system to show that invasive species are favored in the pet trade, probably because they have ecological characteristics that increase their commercial success (read more about it here).

Contact Jerome

Office room: 2108.1
Phone: +4121 692 4193
Fax: +4121 692 4165

Languages: French, English and Spanish


2019- presentPostdoc researcher – University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution
Adviser: Dr. Cleo Bertelsmeier
2013-2016Ph. D. – University of Lyon, LEHNA (UMR5023)
“Patterns of distribution, human-mediated dispersal and intraspecific variations in urbanized landscapes: Responses of ants to urbanization”
Advisers: Dr. Nathalie MONDY and Dr. Bernard KAUFMANN
2011-2013M.S. – Ecology, Evolution, Biometry, University of Lyon
2007-2011Biology of Organisms and Populations, University of Lyon