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M. Denoël
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L. Winandy

B. Lejeune

D. Szekely

A. Carion



N. Oromi



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Mathieu Denoël

Mathieu Denoël, Ph.D.

FRS - FNRS Senior Research Associate

SEH President

Laboratory of Fish and Amphibian Ethology
Behavioural Biology Unit -
Department of Environmental Sciences -
University of Liège
Quai van Beneden 22, 4020 Liège, Belgium.

Tel.: (+32) (0) 4.366.50.84
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Research interests

We aim at determining patterns and mechanisms of amphibian diversity by a multi-disciplinary approach, encompassing behavioural and evolutionary ecology but also landscape ecology and genetics, demography and population dynamics, biogeography, ecotoxicology, and parasitology. A special focus is given on the adaptive value of intraspecific diversity at both the behavioural and developmental levels. In this framework, the main model is facultative paedomorphosis, an important evolutionary process that produces alternative morphs and species that differ by retention of larval traits in the adult stage depending on environmental stressors. Research implies field observations and sampling in a large variety of environments througout Europe and North America, but also laboratory experiments, linking patterns to causality. Because inter and intraspecific amphibian biodiversity is declining worlwide, our research programs are particularly oriented in conservation biology in identifying threats (invasive species, global warming, emerging disease, habitat loss) and their mechanisms on amphibians.

Main study species: Ambystoma tigrinum, Calotriton asper, Lissotriton helveticus, Lissotriton vulgaris, Ichthyosaura alpestris, Rana temporaria, Pelophylax ridibundus, Salamandra salamandra, Triturus cristatus, Triturus marmoratus.

Specific methodologies: ecological modelling at varied scales, development of automatized behavioural markers, ecological experiments in reconstituted environments

Last 15 main publications


Societas Europaea Herpetologica

The European herpetological society Societas Europaea Herpetologica (SEH) was founded in 1979 and has members from most of the European countries and elsewhere. Its aim is to support scientific research on amphibians and reptiles, to promote collaborations between herpetologists and, through its committees, to coordinate mapping and conservation projects at the European level. It publishes the quarterly journal Amphibia-Reptilia (indexed in Current Contents and Scopus) and Herpetology notes and it organized a bi-annual interantional congress.

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Editorial boards

Associate Editor of Amphibia-Reptilia (Brill Publisher) - previously co-editor (2003-2011).


Thematic journals: Acta oecologica, Acta zoologica, African Journal of Ecology, American Midland Naturalist, American Naturalist, Annales Zoologi Fennici, Animal Behaviour, Aquatic Conservation, Aquatic Ecology, Aquatic ToxIcology, Archiv für Hydrobiologie, Biological Conservation, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biodiversity and Conservation, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Canadian Journal of Zoology, Chemosphere, Community Ecology, Comptes Rendus Biologies, Diversity and Distribution, Ecography, Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Ethology, Evolution & Development, Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Ecology, Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, Frontiers in Zoology, Functional Ecology, Heredity, Hydrobiologia, Italian Journal of Zoology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Ethology, Journal of Natural History, Journal of Thermal Biology, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Oecologia, PLoS ONE, Revue d'Ecologie, Science of the Total Environment, Zoology.

Herpetological journals: Acta Herpetologica, Amphibia-Reptilia, Bulletin de la Société Herpétologique de France, Copeia, Herpetologica, Herpetological Monographs, Herpetology Notes, Journal of Herpetology, Russian Journal of Herpetology, The Herpetological Journal.

Member of the International Council of Ethologists (Belgian representative)

M. Denoël

17 September 2015

[University of Liege] [Faculty of Sciences][AFFISH][Department of Biology, Ecology and Evolution] [Behavioural Biology Unit]


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