About me

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Evolution & Ecology Research Centre at UNSW Sydney. I am a member of the Interdisciplinary Ecology and Evolution Lab (I-DEEL) under the supervision of two incredible minds, Shinichi Nakagawa and Szymon Drobniak.

Before joining the I-DEEL lab, I did my BSc. and MSc. at the University of Tours (France). I worked with Marlène Goubault and Anthony Mathiron on aggressiveness and conflict resolution in parasitoid wasps. I then moved to the University of Alabama to work with Ryan Earley as a research assistant. There, I investigated the impacts of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on the behaviour and life-history of fish. 

While my interests are broad, I am primarily interested in the responses of animals to rapid environmental change. Particularly, I strive to understand what drives the variation in plasticity and adaptation to changing temperatures. My research is question-driven rather than organism-driven, and I enjoy working with a broad range of organisms. I use a combination of data synthesis, meta-analysis, and laboratory experiments to address my questions in various species.
I am also an advocate for Open Science and a member of the board of directors of The Society for Open, Reproducible, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (SORTEE).

Outside of academia, I love surfing, traveling, and eating all the vegan food the world has to offer.

I am graduating in February 2024 and am looking for postdoctoral opportunities. Please reach out if you are interested in working with me! :)

The I-DEEL lab
I live and work on the land of the Bedegal people. I pay my respects to Elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend my respects to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who may visit this website. Always was, Always will be. 


Patrice Pottier

PhD Candidate


Evolution & Ecology Research Centre

University of New South Wales Sydney


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