Anne Chenuil

When did you first find out that you wanted to be scientist? Maybe at 15-16 years old, after watching on TV a scientific cartoon explaining the genetic code and the related processes from replication to protein synthesis, and enjoying books such as “le hazard et la nécessité” by Jacques Monod or “éloge de la différence” by Albert Jacquard
Tell us something about your background and main research interests I am an evolutionary biologist. I use molecular tools to characterize population genetic structure, connectivity, and phylogeography (i.e. the migratory and demographic history of the species in its distribution area), on marine organisms (particularly echinoderms) with contrasting life history traits (e.g. comparing brooders, lecithotrophic or planctotrophic larvae producing taxa)
What do you like most about your work? Discovering new patterns, unexpected results, and trying to interpret them, in particular when this involves discussions with other scientists or students, with both scientific rigorousness and imagination
What is your role in DEVOTES project? I am the PI for the French National Research Institute (CNRS). Two CNRS laboratories are in DEVOTES: a Mediterranean one, IMBE (Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine and continentale), in Marseilles, where I am, and an Atlantic one, LIENSs (Littoral Environnement Sociétés, in La Rochelle)
How do you think your work in DEVOTES will contribute to the implementation of the EU marine strategy framework directive? By 3 goals: 1) Description of the specific biodiversity with new tools (barcoding) using standardized protocol s shared across several DEVOTES partners (ARMS), and in typically Mediterrranean habitats, the coralligenous. 2) Implementation of a new indicator based on local-multispecific- intra-specific genetic diversity. 3) Check whether genetic tools can provide a proxy to infer community connectivity (with Guillem Chust, WP4) in some cases
What´s the relevance for your institute and country to participate in DEVOTES? CNRS contributes to DEVOTES by two disciplines: modelization (trophic webs) and molecular genetic tools (i.e. the approaches I just cited above: barcoding and inventory, and population genetics)