Association of Polar Early Career Scientists

Mentor Database

Name (First, Last)
Agnes Dettai
Job/ Position Title/ Classification
Research Scientist
Department/ Unit/ Branch
Systematics and Evolution
University/ Institution/ Organization/ Employer
Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Telephone Number (please include country code)
+33 140793750
Please check the major focus area that best fits your interests.
  • Marine
Primary Discipline
Please list a few keywords that describe your work and interests Separate the words with a comma ( , ).
Phylogeny, Teleostei, Ascidiacea, Taxonomy, Molecular, Barcode
Please indicate the main regions where you work or conduct your research.
  • Antarctic
  • Non-Polar
Please provide a short biosketch (1000 characters)

I obtained a (french style, 3.5 years long) PhD thesis in 2004 on the large scale molecular phylogenetics of Acanthomorpa (teleost fish), including some work on the relationships of the Antarctic notothenioids with G. Lecointre.  I then made a post-doc at Würzburg University with J.-N. Volff on retroposons and their use in phylogenetics.  I have been a research scientist at the Museum of Natural History in Paris since 2005 in G. Lecointre's team, and tenured since 2006 (again, french system). I have continued working on large scale molecular phylogenetics, but also on molecular taxonomy (Barcode of Life with additional molecular markers) for both teleosts (antarctic and others) and antarctic ascidians.   I am treasurer of the Comité National Français des Recherches Arctiques et Antarctiques (CNFRA) :   I am also in contact with the new french APECs

Mentoring activities you are interested in participating in (check all that apply).
  • One-on-One Mentoring
    Email correspondence with APECS members regarding career advice (including
    alternative careers in polar/cryospheric issues), research skills, data
    management and occasional research-specific discussions/questions.

  • Reviewing Resumes/CVs and Assisting with Cover Letter Development.

  • Helping to improve presentation and communication skills

Preferred method of mentoring (check all that apply)
  • In-person meetings/conferences/seminars
  • Email Exchange
Conferences you normally attend (check all that apply)
  • SCAR Open Science Conferences
  • Other
We would very much like to include you in the online mentor database that is available to our members, but we also understand that you might only want us to use your information for our internal purposes. Please let us know if we can include your information on our website.
Sure, include me in your list online

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