Keys to evolutionary success: untangling drivers of hyperdiversification


Nicolas Puillandre


Principal Investigator

Nicolas is a molecular systematists, working both at the species and phylogenetic levels to understand the evolutionary dynamics of the conoideans and other members of the neogastropods. He is assistant professor in the MNHN, Paris, member of the team 3E in the Institut de Systématique, Evolution, Biodiversité (ISYEB).



Project Manager

Tanya is in charge of all the administrative tasks linked to the project, including the budget, the organization of the meeting, the missions, the data management plan, etc…

Claudia Ratti

Claudia RATTI

Manager of the neogastropod collection

Claudia is in charge of curating all the biological material that will be studied in the framework of the project, including sorting, tissue-clipping, photographing and databasing thousands of samples.



Research ingeneer (starting on the 1st of November 2021)

Dario is taking care of the “Barcoding” task: it consists in sequencing the cox1 gene of a maximum of individuals, to propose species hypotheses that will be used to eventually describe new species and that will serve as a basis to select representatives for the neogastropod phylogeny.

Alessandro Derzelle

Alessandro DERZELLE

Post-Doc (starting on the 1st of January 2021)

Alessandro is a bioinformatician, and his objective is to assemble and annotate the genomes that will be produce in the framework of the project, providing data for the other tasks of the projects (phylogeny, trait determinism, transcriptome annotation…).

Thomas Lemarcis


PhD student (starting on the 1st of January 2021)

Thomas’ PhD project is to design genetic markers to be sequenced on hundreds of specimens using an “exon capture” approach in order to resolve the phylogenetic relationships of the neogastropods.