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Camille Bonneaud

Ph.D. University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Harvard University,
26 Oxford Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138

MCZ Room 500C
Tel: 617-496-8387
Fax: 617-495-5667




Research Interests

One fundamental aspect of evolutionary studies today is to understand the genetic basis of adaptive evolution and estimate how much the genetic polymorphism results from selection and therefore reflects adaptation. DNA polymorphisms in protein-coding regions are thought to be only partially responsible for the total phenotypic diversity found both between and within species. Quantitative variation in mRNA expression probably also plays a significant role in adaptive evolution. I am currently designing microarrays to identify the genes that are differentially expressed in house finches (Carpodacus mexicanus) infected with the bacteria Mycoplasma gallisepticum, and to associate differences in mRNA levels with variation in resistance to infection. My goal is also to understand how pathogen selection can alter the relative transcription of host genes between populations undergoing different parasite pressures.



  • 2006    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology,
  • Harvard University, U.S.A.

  • 2005    Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Tropical Research, UCLA Institute of the Environment,


  • 2004    Ph.D. Biology at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (France)           

    Advisors: Gabriele Sorci and Olivier Chastel

    Dissertation: Genetic, physiological and behavioral resistance strategies to parasites in natural populations of house sparrows (Passer domesticus)

  • 2001    M.Sc Biology at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (France)
  • 2000    Maitrise Biology at McGill University (Canada)
  • 1999    License Biology at the University Denis Diderot (France)
  • 1998    DEUG Biology at the University Louis Pasteur (France)



  • Bonneaud, C., Burnside, J., Edwards, S.V. Avian genomics at the speed of flight. Bioscience. in revision.
  • Calsbeek R., and Bonneaud, C. Adaptive sperm sorting driven by sexual conflict. Evolution. in press.
  • Calsbeek, R., Bonneaud, C., Smith, T. B. Differential fitness effects of immunocompetence and neighborhood density in alternative female lizard morphs. J. Anim. Ecol. 77:103-109.
  • Pérez-Tris, J., Hellgren, O., Krizanauskiene, A., Waldenström, J., Secondi, J., Bonneaud, C., Fjeldså, J., Hasselquist, D., Bensch, S. Within-host speciation of malaria parasites. PLoS ONE 2(2): e235. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000235 .

  • Calsbeek, R., Bonneaud, C., Prabhu, S., Manoukis, N., Smith, T.B. Multiple paternity and sperm storage lead to increased genetic diversity in Anolis lizards. Evo Ecol Res. 9:495-503.
  • Bonneaud, C., Federici, P., Chastel, O., Westerdahl, H., Sorci, G.  (2006) Complex Mhc-based mate choice in a wild passerine. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 273:1111-1116.
  • Bonneaud, C., Perez-Tris, J., Federici, P., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. (2006) Mhc alleles confer local resistance to malaria in a wild passerine. Evolution 60:383-389.
  • Bonneaud, C., Richard, M., Faivre, B., Westerdahl, H., Sorci, G. (2005) An Mhc class I allele associated to the expression of T-dependent immune response in the house sparrow. Immunogenetics 57: 782-789.
  • Bonneaud, C., Mazuc, J., Chastel, O., Westerdahl, H., Sorci, G. (2004) Terminal investment induced by immune challenge and Mhc associated fitness traits in the house sparrow. Evolution 58: 2823-2830.
  • Bonneaud, C., Sorci, G., Morin, V., Westerdahl, H., Zoorob, R., Wittzell, H. (2004). Diversity of Mhc class I and IIB genes in house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Immunogenetics 55: 855-865.
  • Bonneaud, C., Mazuc, J., Gonzalez, G., Haussy, C., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. (2003). Assessing the cost of mounting an immune response. American Naturalist 161:367-379.
  • Mazuc, J., Bonneaud, C., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. (2003). Maternal testosterone in eggs and social context in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Ecology Letters 6:1084-1090.


Manuscripts in preparation or in review

  • Bonneaud, C., Richard, M., Chastel, O., Sorci, G. Heritability of the immune response in a wild passerine: implications of Mhc genes?
  • Bonneaud, C., Sepil, I., Calsbeek, R, Smith, T.B. Effects of Plasmodium infections on life history traits in the bahamian lizard, Anolis sagrei.
  • Bonneaud, C., Sepil, I., Milá B., Buermann, W., Sehgal, R., Valkiunas G., Iezhova T.A., Saatchi, S., Smith, T.B. Host and habitat specificities of avian Plasmodium and Haemoproteus spp. in the rainforest of Cameroon.
  • Bonneaud, C., Perez-Tris, J., Ruché, D., Imbeau, L. Effects of logging on avian haemosporidian infections in spruce grouse.
  • Smith, T.B., Sehgal, R.N.M., Buermann, W., Bonneaud, C., Saatchi, S., Pollinger, J., Milá, B., Pires, D., Wayne, R.K. Morphologic, genetic and disease divergence across the African forest-ecotone gradient in a rainforest sunbird.


Grants and Fellowships

  • 2006    NIH NIAID, PI: T. B. Smith, Co-PI: C. Bonneaud ($2,513,000). Effects of Avian Migration and

    Anthropogenic Change on the Distribution and Transmission Risks of Avian Influenza.

  • 2003    Society for Experimental Biology grant
  • 2001    Ph.D. scholarship from the Ministry of Research (France)


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