CNRS Researcher (CR1), CRCA (CNRS-UT3)
I am a CNRS researcher and ethologist who works at the Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale where I am currently heading the Collective Animal Behaviour team. I received a PhD from University Paul Sabatier in 1988. After my PhD I first spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow in the department of Biology at Boston University, working on food search tactics in ants. I then spent two years at the Free University of Brussels in Jean-Louis Deneubourg’s group where I worked on self-organized processes in foraging ants. Since 1994 I hold a CNRS research position in Toulouse. During the first eight years of my career, my research was focused on orientation and navigation processes in ants. I then progressively shifted to study collective behaviour and collective decision making processes in ants, mainly in a foraging context. I use an approach that combines both experiments and modelling. My current interest lies in the organization of traffic and on the nature of communication signals used by ants to regulate their flow on their foraging trails.