Xavier Aubriot

Position: Lecturer

Team: Plant diversity and evolution

Contact details:
Laboratoire Écologie, Systématique et Évolution – IDEEV
Bureau 2230 Bât. 680 – 12, route 128
91190 Gif Sur Yvette



Email: xavier.aubriot (at) universite-paris-saclay.fr

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Research interests

As a botanist and naturalist my main research interests are the taxonomyphylogenetics and diversification of flowering plants. I completed my PhD at Paris Natural History Museum in 2012 where I became passionate about plants’ evolution.

Among other research interests, I am working (1) on the diversification of the mega-diverse genus Euphorbia (Euphorbiaceae) in Madagascar, (2) on the largest endemic family in Madagascar (Sarcolaenaceae), and (3) on the spiny solanums (Solanaceae) of Tropical Asia.

I have also general interest in the evolution of crop wild relatives and in the drivers of plant domestication. In particular, I am investigating the evolutionary context of the brinjal eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) and its closest wild relatives.

A listing of my past and current works (PhD dissertation, publications) is available on my personal website and on my profile pages (Google Scholar et ResearchGate).

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution


I am teaching botany (diversity and adaptation of terrestrial plants) in Licence 1 and 3 (undergraduate level) of Biology at Paris-Sud University. I am also contributing to a university degree with professional training in sustainable urban landscape management (Paris-Sud University/National Museum of Natural History/School du Breuil).

In addition, I am involved in courses at the University of Rennes 1 (Master 2 bioinformatics; postgraduate level) and the National Museum of Natural History (Master 1 plant biodiversity; postgraduate level) on phylogenetics and human/plant historical relationship.

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Scientific community involvements

  • Reviewer for scientific journals: Acta Botanica Gallica, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Candollea, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Ecology Resources, PeerJ, PhytoKeys, Phytotaxa, Plant Systematics and Evolution, Systematic Botany, Webbia
  • Member of the board of the UK Systematics Association (SA): (1) Co-organizer of the yearly ‘Young Systematists Forum’ (YSF); (2) Jury member for the ‘Systematics Research Fund’ (SRF) delivered by the Systematics Association and the Linnean Society