Research Topics
I use population genetics and computer simulations to address ecological questions, in the field of the dynamics of species distribution in coastal ecosystems.
During my PhD, I mostly studied the marine gastropod Cyclope neritea. I tried to understand the impact of interactions between natural processes (e.g. “migration against selection” process, glaciation periods...) and human actions (e.g. trade, shellfish culture, global warming...) on (i) stable and unstable natural populations and (ii) on introduced populations. Therefore, I use levels and structures of mitochondrial and nuclear polymorphisms to infer the history of populations. 
As a post-doc, I am now developing a simulation program based on the coalescent theory in order to study the consequences of complex demographic and evolutive histories on the genetic diversity of populations.

My short publication list...
Simon-Bouhet B., P. Garcia-Meunier & F. Viard (2006). Mitochondrial gene genealogies provide evidence for multiple geographical origins for Cyclope neritea (Nassaridae) populations recently recorded in France. Molecular Ecology, 15: 1699-1711. (Download pdf)
Simon-Bouhet B., C. Daguin, P. Garcia-Meunier & F. Viard (2005). Polymorphic microsatellites for the study of newly-established populations of the gastropod Cyclope neritea. Molecular Ecology Notes, 5: 121-123. (Download pdf)
Bachelet G., B. Simon-Bouhet, C. Desclaux, P. Garcia-Meunier, G. Mairesse, X. de Montaudouin, H. Raigné, K. Randriambao, P. Sauriau & F. Viard (2004). Invasion of the eastern coasts of the Bay of Biscay by the nassariid gastropod Cyclope neritea : origin and effects on resident fauna. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 276: 147-159. (Download pdf)
Blanchard G. F., B. Simon-Bouhet & J.-M. Guarini (2002). Properties of the dynamics of intertidal microphytobenthic biomass. Journal of Marine Biology Association of the United Kingdom, 82: 4077/1-2. (Downlad pdf)

To be continued by the following, hopefully!
Simon-Bouhet B., P. Garcia-Meunier & F. Viard. The genus Cyclope : a mitochondrial marker to discriminate two species. Submitted in Molecular Ecology Notes
Garcia-Meunier P., P.-Y. Pascal, V. Becquet & B. Simon-Bouhet. Invasion by the marine gastropod Ocinebrellus inornatus in France. IV: is there a relationship with the low genetic diversity of the local drill, Ocenebra erinacea ? Submitted in Journal of Sea Research
Simon-Bouhet B., P. Garcia-Meunier & F. Viard. Phylogeography of the nassariid gastropod Cyclope neritea : comparison between mitonchondrial and nuclear markers. In prep.Fiche personnelle_files/planthese.pdfFiche personnelle_files/Simon-Bouhet%2006.pdfFiche personnelle_files/Simon-Bouhet%2005.pdfFiche personnelle_files/Bachelet%2004.pdfFiche personnelle_files/Blanchard%2002.pdfshapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1shapeimage_1_link_2shapeimage_1_link_3shapeimage_1_link_4
Benoit Simon-Bouhet
Currently: Post-Doc in the Monty Slatkin's Research Group
Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley
3060 VLSB #3140
Berkeley, CA 94720 USA
E-mail: bsb at
Resume: English, Francais
Looking for C. neritea... Guernica, Spain, 2002 (Photo: J. Pigeot)
(Photo: T. Guyot, 2003)
C. neritea on its favorite substrate