Research Area and Project Description: This postdoc is part of the project “Central AFrican Rain fOrests: past DYNamics and future resilience” (AFRODYN), funded by the French ANR. AFRODYN aims to understand the evolutionary dynamics of central African rain forests using a multispecies approach and an unprecedented DNA sequence dataset for African plant species. The overall objectives of AFRODYN are to 1) test different hypotheses of Central African rain forests dynamics in the past within and between species using a statistical comparative phylogeographic approach and 2) infer the potential resilience of this ecosystem to future climate change. Specifically, the post doc will be in charge of analyzing a large dataset of ~800 exons (ca. 200 kpb) captured for over 600 individuals of six different plant species (palms and Annonaceae) sampled across central Africa. This dataset is partly already available and no lab work is required. Finally, the postdoc is expected to contribute ideas and concepts to the project and lead at least two high-quality papers in this research area, contribute to the project’s public outreach, as well as collaborate with other team members, including students and sharing skills.
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Thomas Couvreur, researcher in tropical biodiversity evolution