Dr. Alice Séguret

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Email: aseguret@uni-muenster.de

Tel.: +49-(0)251-83-21633

Room: 100.19

Scientific Career and Education

  • 06/2021 - present: Postdoc at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster
  • 06/2019 – 06/2021: Research Associate at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster
  • 11/2015 - 06/2021: PhD in Evolutionary Biology at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg with Prof. Dr. Robert Paxton. Title: "The fecundity/longevity trade-off in an orchid bee at the cusp of sociality."
  • 09/2014 - 06/2015: MSc Biology (2nd year) at the University of Strasbourg, France, specialising in Ecophysiology and Ethology.
  • 09/2013 - 06/2014: MSc Biology (1st year), University of Rennes, France, specialising in Behavioural, Functional and Evolutionary Ecology.

Research Interests

  • The evolution of eusociality in insects
  • Molecular signatures of ageing
  • Life history trade-offs
  • Genomic underpinnings of social parasitism


  • Jongepier E, Séguret A, Labutin A, Feldmeyer B, Gstöttl C, Foitzik S, Heinze J, Bornberg-Bauer E. “Convergent loss of chemoreceptors across independent origins of slave-making in ants.” Molecular Biology and Evolution, Accepted.
  • Séguret A, Stolle E, Fleites-Ayil FA, Quezada-Euán JJG, Hartfelder K, Meusemann K, Harrison M, Soro A, Paxton RJ. "Transcriptomic signatures of ageing vary in solitary and social forms of an orchid bee." Genome Biology and Evolution, 2021.
  • Kramer B, Nehring V, Buttstedt A, Heinze J, Korb J, Libbrecht R, Meusemann K, Paxton RJ, Séguret A, Schaub F, Bernadou A. "Oxidative stress and senescence in social insects – a significant but inconsistent link?" Philosophical Transactions B. 2021
  • Korb J, Meusemann K, Aumer D, Bernadou A, Elsner D, Feldmeyer B, Foitzik S, Heinze J, Libbrecht R, Majoe M, Monroy Kuhn JM, Nehring V, Negroni M, Paxton R, Séguret A, Stoldt M, Flatt T. "Comparative transcriptomic analyses of the mechanisms underpinning ageing and longevity in social insects." Philosophical Transactions B. 2021
  • Séguret A, Bernadou A, Paxton RJ. "Facultative social insects provide insights into the reversal of the longevity/fecundity trade-off across the social insects." Current Opinion in Insect Science, 2016.
  • Dahirel M, Séguret A, Ansart A, Madec L. "Dispersal-related traits of the snail Cornu aspersum along an urbanisation gradient: maintenance of mobility across life stages despite high costs." Urban Ecosystems, 2016.
  • Dahirel M, Cholé H, Séguret A, Madec L, Ansart A. "Context dependence of the olfactory perceptory range in the generalist land snail Cornu aspersum." Canadian Journal of Zoology, 2015.