Alexia Mouchet

IMPRS Doctoral Student
MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen

Main Focus

I am mainly interested in understanding the evolutionary significance of the behavioural variation in wild populations. Particularly, my interests lie in understanding the proximate mechanisms that shape reproductive success as well as the ultimate mechanisms investigating how selection acts on behaviours and life-history traits.
For my PhD project, I more specifically look at the effects of food availability on reproduction and population dynamics in Great Tits (Parus major). I also investigate the role of fluctuations in food resources and population density in the maintenance of variation. Data are collected every year on Great Tit populations breeding in nest boxes and being monitored since 2010.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017-present: PhD student, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich and International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (MPIO), Seewiesen.
    Advisor: Niels Dingemanse (LMU), Co-advisor: Holger Goerlitz (MPIO Seewiesen)
  • 2012-2017: Technical Assistant, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (MPIO), Seewiesen. Database management: Microsoft Access Databases design (VBA and SQL language) and management; Field work management to collect data on nest box populations of Great Tits: preparation, field team leading and teaching, field work (bird handling, ringing, bleeding, sub-cutaneous PIT-tagging, behavioural assays).
  • 2010-2012: Field Assistant at University of Berm (Switzerland), MPIO and University of Oxford (UK). Data collection on breeding ecology of Great Tits
  • 2009: MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology and Biometry, University of Lyon Claude 8emard 1, France
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