Master Students

Masters students are encouraged to apply to the lab to carry out their thesis projects. We have supervised a number of masters students in the past, advertising a range of projects about insect ecology and invasion. We typically work with students from the University of Lausanne, but have also taken students from other institutions.

Current Master Students

There are currently no masters students working in the group

First step masters students

10 week projects undertaken in autumn of each year as per the study system at the University of Lausanne.

Previous Masters Students

Zoé Sherpa

Masters student from autumn 2020, and has conducted both her first step and masters project under the direct supervision of Jerome.

For my Master project, I am working on the use of social media to investigate the wildlife trade. I’m interested in the relationship between the pet trade and the global spread of invasive species.

Project title: Using social media data to monitor the global internet trade in invertebrates as pets

During my First Step project, I worked on the spatial-temporal quantification of the online pet trade in ants between 2017 and 2020.

First step project title: The growing global pet trade in ants promotes invasive species

Elsa Östlund

Elsa joined the group in February 2021 for her masters project. She is currently under the direct supervision of Olivia

My project will investigate the extent of niche-shifts in a cross-taxa assessment of invasive alien species. I will look at how common niche-shifts are, compare niche-shifts between different taxa and look at how the results vary depending on the use of different climate data types and resolutions

Project title: Do invasive species colonize novel climates?

Nora Khelidj

Masters student from February 2020 – February 2021 from the University of Lausanne under the direct supervision of Tim

For my project, I am working on different species of Myrmica. I will analyse different morphological traits along the elevation gradient. The goal is investigate how the elevation (and the climate) affect the morphology in ants. 

Sarah Monod

Masters student from February 2021 – February 2022, under the direct supervision of Gyda.

Sarah worked on traits linked to invasion success in thrips (Thysanoptera), using a comparative approach to study the influence of asexual reproduction and feeding niche during different stages of the invasion process.

Title: The role of reproductive mode and feeding niche in biological invasions.

Marion L’Huillier-Hunsinger

Marion joined the group in 2021 for her masters project. She is under the direct supervision of Aymeric

Using interception data, the goal of my project is to explore the dynamics and trends of the number and composition of alien species which arrived in the United States in the 20th century.

Project title: Patterns of alien species arrival in the United States through global trade in the 20th century

Charlotte Bergerat

Masters student from February 2020 from the University of Lausanne under the direct supervision of Jelena

project title: “Thermal plasticity of invasive ants”

Jérémie Moulin

Jérémie joined the group in the autumn of 2019 for his first step masters project at UNIL

Project title: tbd

Lorena George

I joined the group in February 2019 and finished my work in the lab in February 2020. I am a masters student at the University of Lausanne, and carried out the research for my masters thesis in the summer of 2019.

My work focussed on the invasion of Tapinoma magnum in Switzerland and its impact on native species along with activity patterns of the species. see here for a publication including her work

Ellouenne Charavel

Ellouenne joined the group in the autumn of 2019 for her first step masters project at UNIL

project title: “Acclimation ability of critical thermal limits in an ant species, Tapinoma magnum, through its invasive and native range”. See here for publication including this work