Recent publications

2017 and in press

Garnier, R., Ramos, R., Sanz-Aguilar, A., Poisbleau, M., Weimerskirch, H., Burthe, S., Tornos, J. & Boulinier, T. 2017. Interpreting ELISA analyses from wild animal samples: some recurrent issues and solutions. Functional Ecology, doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12942.

Ayadi, T., Hammouda, A., Poux, A., Boulinier, T., Lecollinet, S. & Selmi, S. 2017. Evidence of exposure of laughing doves (Spilopelia senegalensis) to West Nile and Usutu viruses in southern Tunisian oases. Epidemiology & Infection, in press.

Kada, S., McCoy, K.D. & Boulinier, T. 2017. Impact of life stage-dependent dispersal on the colonization dynamics of host patches by ticks and tick-borne infectious agents. Parasites and Vectors, in press.

Holveck, M.-J., Grégoire, A., Guerreiro, R., Staszewski, V., Boulinier, T., Gomez, D. & Doutrelant, C. 2017. Kittiwake eggs viewed by conspecifics and predators: implications for colour signal evolution. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society,

Bogdanova, M.I., Butler, A., Wanless, S., Moe, B., Anker-Nilssen, T., Frederiksen, M., Boulinier, T.,  Chivers, L.S., Christensen-Dalsgaard, S., Descamps, S., Harris, M.P., Newell, M., Olsen, B., Phillips, R.A., Shaw, D., Steen, H., Strøm, H., Thórarinsson, T.L. & Daunt, F. 2017. Multi-colony tracking reveals spatio-temporal variation in carry-over effects between breeding success and winter movements in a pelagic seabird. Marine Ecology Progress Series, on-line.


Ponchon, A., Iliszko, L., Grémillet, D., Tveraa, T. & Boulinier, T. Intense prospecting movements of failed breeders nesting in an unsuccessful breeding subcolony. Animal Behaviour 124:183-191.

Boulinier, T., Kada, S., Ponchon, A., Dupraz, M., Dietrich, M., Gamble, A., Bourret, V., Duriez, O., Bazire, R., Tornos, J., Tveraa, T., Chambert, T., Garnier, R. & McCoy, K.D. 2016. Migration, prospecting, dispersal? What host movement matters for infectious agent circulation? Integrative and Comparative Biology 56: 330-42.

Dupraz, M., Toty, C., Noël, V., Estrada-Pena, A., Gonzalez-Solis, J., Boulinier, T., Dujardin, J.-P. & McCoy, K.D. 2016. Linking morphometric and genetic divergence with host use in the tick complex, Ornithodoros capensis sensu lato. Infection, Genetics & Evolution 46:12-22.

McCoy, K.D., Dietrich, M., Jaeger, A., Wilkinson, D.A., Bastien, M., Lagadec, E., Boulinier, T., Pascalis, H., Tortosa, P., Le Corre, M., Dellagi, K. & Lebarbenchon, C. 2016. The role of seabirds of the Iles Eparses as reservoirs and disseminators of parasites and pathogens. Acta Oecologica 72: 98-109.


Ponchon, A., Chambert, T., Lobato, E., Tveraa, T., Gremillet, D. & Boulinier, T. 2015. Breeding failure induces large scale prospecting movements in the black-legged kittiwake. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 473: 138-145.

Jaeger, A., Lecollinet, S., Beck, C., Bastien, M., Le Corre, M., Dellagi, K., Pascalis, H., Boulinier, T., & Lebarbenchon, C. 2015. Serological evidence for the circulation of flaviviruses in seabird populations of the western Indian Ocean. Epidemiology and Infection 144: 652-660.

Lebarbenchon, C., Jaeger, A., Feare, C., Bastien, M., Dietrich, M., Larose, C., Lagadec, E., Rocamora, G., Shah, N., Pascalis, H., Boulinier, T., Le Corre, M., Stallknecht, D.E. & Dellagi, K. 2015. Influenza A Virus on oceanic islands: host and viral diversity in seabirds in the Western Indian Ocean. PLoS Pathogens 11: e1004925.

Arnal, A.*, Vittecoq, M.*, Pearce-Duvet, J., Gauthier-Clerc, M., Boulinier, T. & Jourdain, E. 2015. Laridae: A neglected reservoir that could play a major role in avian influenza virus epidemiological dynamics. Critical Reviews in Microbiology 41: 508-19 doi:10.3109/1040841X.2013.870967.     (*: equal contribution)

Ponchon, A., Garnier, R., Gremillet, D. & Boulinier, T. 2015. Predicting population responses to environmental change: the importance of considering informed dispersal strategies in spatially structured population models. Diversity & Distributions 21: 88-100.


Ramos, R., Garnier, R., Gonzalez-Solis, J. & Boulinier, T. 2014. Long antibody persistence and transgenerational transfer of immunity in a long-lived vertebrate. The American Naturalist 184: 764-776.

Hammouda, A., Pearce-Duvet, J., Boulinier, T. & Selmi, S. 2014. Egg sampling as a possible alternative to blood sampling when monitoring the exposure of yellow-legged gulls (Larus michahellis) to avian influenza viruses. Avian Pathology 43: 547-51.

Dietrich, M., Kempf, F., Boulinier, T. & McCoy, K.D. 2014. Tracing the colonisation and diversification of the worldwide seabird ectoparasite Ixodes uriae. Molecular Ecology 23: 3292-3305.

Miguel, E., Boulinier, T., de Garine-Wichatitsky, M., Caron, A., Fritz, H. &  Grosbois, V. Characterising African tick communities at a wild-domestic interface using repeated sampling protocols and models. Acta Tropica 138: 5-14.

Reiertsein, T.K., Erikstad, K.E., Anker-Nielssen, T., Barrett, R.T., Boulinier, T., Frederiksen, M., Gonzalès-Solís, J., Grémillet, D., Johns, D., Moe, B., Ponchon, A., Sandvik, H., Sker-Maruitzen, M. & Yoccoz, N.G. 2014. Prey density in non-breeding areas affect adult survival of black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla. Marine Ecology Progress Series 509:289-302.

Arnal*, A., Gómez-Díaz, E.*, Cerdà-Cuéllar, M., Lecollinet, S., Pearce-Duvet, J., Busquets, N., García-Bocanegra, I., Pagès, N., Vittecoq, M., Hammouda, A., Samraoui, B., Garnier, R., Ramos, R., Selmi, S., González-Solís, J., Jourdain, E. & Boulinier, T. 2014. Circulation of a Meaban-like virus in yellow-legged gulls and seabird ticks in the western Mediterranean Basin. PLOS One 9: e89601.    (*: equal contribution)

Dietrich, M., Lobato, E., Boulinier, T.  & McCoy, K.D. 2014. An experimental test of host specialisation in a ubiquitous polar parasite: a role for adapation? Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 576–587.

Garnier, R., Gandon, S., Harding, K.C. & Boulinier, T. 2014. Length of intervals between epidemics: evaluating the influence of maternal transfer of immunity. Ecology & Evolution 4: 568–575.

Ponchon, A., Grémillet, D., Christensen-Dalsgaard, S., Erikstad, K.E., Barrett, R.T., Reiertsein, T.K., McCoy, K.D., Tveraa, T. & Boulinier, T. 2014. When things go wrong: intra-season dynamics of breeding failure in a seabird. Ecosphere 5: art4.


Choquet, R., Carrie, C., Chambert, T. & Boulinier, T. 2013. Estimating transitions between states using measurements with imperfect detection: application to serological data. Ecology 94: 2160-2165.

Doutrelant, C., Grégoire, A., Gomez, D., Staszewski, V., Arnoux, E., Tveraa, T., Faivre, B. & Boulinier, T. 2013. Colouration in Atlantic puffins and black legged kittiwakes: monochromatism and links to body condition in both sexes. Journal of Avian Biology 44: 451–460.

Garnier, R., Boulinier, T. & Gandon, S. 2013. Evolution of the temporal persistence of immune protection. Biology Letters 9: 20130017.

Garnier, G., Gandon, S., Chaval, Y., Charbonnel, N. & Boulinier, T. 2013. Evidence of cross-transfer of maternal antibodies through allosuckling in a mammal: potential importance for behavioral ecology. Mammalian Biology78: 361–364.

Ponchon, A., Grémillet, D., Doligez, B., Chambert, T., Tveraa, T., González-Solís, J. & Boulinier, T. 2013. Tracking prospecting movements involved in breeding habitat selection: insights, pitfalls and perspectives. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4: 143-150.

Midamegbe, A., Grégoire, A., Staszewski, V., Perret, P., Lambrechts, M.M., Boulinier, T. & Doutrelant, C. 2013. Female blue tits with brighter yellow chests transfer more carotenoids to their eggs after an immune challenge. Oecologia 173: 387-97.

Miguel, E., Grosbois, V., Caron, A., Boulinier, T., Fritz, H., Cornelis, D., Foggin, C., Makaya, P.V., Tshabalala, P.T. & De Garine-Wichatitsky, M. Contacts and foot and mouth disease transmission from wild to domestic bovines in Africa. Ecosphere 4: art51.


Chambert, T., Staszewski, V., Lobato, E., Choquet, R., McCoy, K.D., Tveraa, T. & Boulinier T. 2012. Exposure of Black-legged kittiwakes to Lyme disease spirochetes: dynamics of the immune status of adult individuals and effects on their survival. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 986-995.

Chambert, T., Pardo, D., Staszewski, V., McCoy, K.D., Tveraa, T. & Boulinier, T. 2012. Heterogeneity in detection probability along the breeding season in Black-legged kittiwakes: implications for sampling design. Journal of Ornithology 152: 371-380.

Dietrich, M., Kempf, F., Gómez-Díaz, E., Kitaysky, A.S., Hipfner, J.M., Boulinier, T. & McCoy, K.D. 2012. Inter-ocean variation in patterns of host-associated divergence in a seabird ectoparasite. Journal of Biogeography 39: 545-555.

Dietrich, M., Beati, L., Elguero, E., Boulinier, T. & McCoy, K.D. 2012. Body shape evolution in host races of the tick Ixodes uriae. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 108: 323–334.

Frederiksen, M., Moe, B., Daunt, F., Phillips, R.A., Barrett, R.T., Bogdanova, M.I., Boulinier, T., Chardine, J.W., Chastel, O., Chivers, L.S., Christensen-Dalsgaard, S., Clément-Chastel, C., Colhoun, K., Gaston, A.J., González-Solís, J., Goutte, A., Grémillet, D., Guilford, T. Jensen, G.H., Krasnov, Y., Lorentsen, S.-H., Mallory, M.L., Newell, M., Olsen, B., Shaw, D., Steen, H., Strøm, H., Systad, G.H, Thórarinsson, T.L. & Anker-Nilssen, T. Multi-colony tracking reveals the non-breeding distribution of a pelagic seabird on an ocean basin scale. Diversity & Distribution 18: 530-542.

Garnier, R., Boulinier, T. & Gandon, S. 2012. Coevolution between maternal transfer of immunity and other resistance strategies against pathogens. Evolution 66: 3067-3078.

Garnier, R., Ramos, R., Staszewski, V., Militão, T., Lobato, E., González-Solís, J. & Boulinier, T. 2012. Maternal antibody persistence: a neglected life history trait with implications from albatross conservation to comparative immunology. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B 279: 2033-2041.

Grémillet, D., Puech, W., Garçon, V., Boulinier, T. & Le Maho, Y. 2012. Robots in Ecology – Welcome to the Machine. Open Ecology Journal 2: 49-57.

Hammouda, A., Selmi, S., Pearce-Duvet, J., Chokri M.A., Arnal, A., Gauthier-Clerc M. & Boulinier T. 2012. Maternal antibody transmission in relation to mother fluctuating asymmetry in a long-lived colonial seabird: the yellow-legged gull Larus michahellis. PLOS One 7: e34966.

Holveck, M.-J., Grégoire, A., Staszewski, V., Guerreiro, R., Perret, P., Boulinier, T. & Doutrelant, C. 2012. Eggshell spottiness reflects maternally transferred antibodies in blue tits. PLOS One 7: e50389.


Gómez-Díaz, E., Boulinier, T., Cornet, M., Ferquel, E., Sertour, N. & McCoy, K.D. 2011. Genetic structure of marine Borrelia garinii and population admixture with the terrestrial cycle of Lyme borreliosis. Environmental Microbiology 13: 2453-67.

González-Solís, J., Smyrli, M., Militão, T., Gremillet, D., Tveraa, T., Phillips, R.A. & Boulinier, T. 2011. Combining stable isotope analyses and geolocation to reveal kittiwake migration. Marine Ecology Progress Series 435: 251-261.

Lobato, E., Pearce, J., Staszewski, V., Gómez-Díaz, E., González-Solís, J.. Kitaysky, A.S., McCoy, K.D. & Boulinier, T. 2011. Species and location effects on the prevalence of antibodies anti Lyme disease Borrelia spirochaetes in seabirds breeding in North Pacific islands. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 11: 1521-1527.

Hammouda, A., Pearce-Duvet, J., Chokri, M.A., Arnal, A., Gauthier-Clerc, M., Boulinier, T. & Selmi, S. 2011. Prevalence of Influenza A antibodies in yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis) eggs and adults in southern Tunisia. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 11: 1583-1590.

Gaillet, G., Guillemain, M., Benmergui, M., Mesleard, F., Boulinier, T., Bienvenu, J., Fritz, H., Broyer, J. 2011. Effects of seasonality, isolation and patch quality for habitat selection processes by Mute swans (Cygnus olor) in a fishpond landscape. Oïkos, 120: 801-812.

Husté, A. & Boulinier, T. 2011. Determinants of bird community composition on patches in the suburbs of Paris, France. Biological Conservation144: 243-252.

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