The Alpine Marmot Project

Welcome to the Alpine Marmot Project

Master students

Elsa Maisonnette

photoI am a Master’s student in Ecology, Evolution and Genomics at University Lyon 1 and I study the cost of helping in Alpine marmots (Marmota marmota) for my second year internship. I focus on oxidative stress in the helpers of Alpine marmots. I analyse data collected in the population of La Grande Sassière’s nature reserve. Oxidative stress is considered as a mediator of life-history trade-offs and it has been poorly studied as a cost of helping in birds and mammals. Therefore, the aim of this project is to better understand the evolution of cooperative societies in animals. Learn more

Benoît Chamiot-Clerc

photoDuring my Master at the University Lyon1, I study the reproductive strategies of Alpine marmots in a population (Marmota marmota) located at the Grande Sassière nature reserve (French Alps). My goal is to understand what are the reproductive strategies in the population and their impact on maternal fitness. In a cooperative breeder such as the Alpine marmot living in an unpredictable and variable mountain environments, we expect the development of strategies such as coin-flipping, which consists of increasing the annual variance of a phenotype such as the size of pups to maximize fitness in the long term. My goal is to understand what are the reproductive strategies in the population and their impact on maternal fitness. Learn more