The Louis Thaler Lectures

The Louis Thaler Lectures

The CeMEB (Centre Méditerraneen Environnement et Biodiversité) is a consortium comprising ten research institutes and more than 600 researchers with permanent positions working in biodiversity, ecology and evolutionary biology in Montpellier and Perpignan.

The Louis Thaler Lectures are an annual event organized by the CeMEB, featuring high-profile and thought-provoking international researchers with broad views in these research fields. They were launched in 2003 in honour of Louis Thaler, who was one of the main architects of evolutionary biology in France, and the founder of the ISEM (Institut de Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier – member of CeMEB).


Visiting scientists



Jordi Bascompte
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Plant-animal mutualistic networks: the architecture of biodiversity (VIDEO)


Sandra Lavorel
Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, CNRS

Princeton University, US


In search of the causes of evolution: Darwin's finches on the Galapagos (VIDEO)

University of Edinburgh, UK


From butterfly wings to plant sex chromosomes: the evolution of suppressed recombination

Indiana University, US
Mutation and evolution

Pennsylvannia State University, US
The future of infectious disease in a pharmaceutical age

University of Missouri-St Louis, US
Evolutionary diversification and the filling of ecological niche space

UC Davies, US
Time and Ecology

University of Rochester, US
The genetics of speciation in Drosophila