Pr. Serge Aubert

Date du document : 12 décembre 2013
Dernière mise à jour le : 18 février 2014

Education / Graduation / Career

  • 1990 - ENS Paris - Agrégation de Sciences Naturelles
  • 1994 - University Grenoble I - PhD in Genetics
  • 1995-96 - Rhône-Poulenc Agriculture - Post-Doctoral Position

Teaching: The main disciplines

  • Botany
  • Plant Physiology
  • Alpine ecology

Research Topics

  • Biogeography and evolution of cushion plants
  • Evolution and adaptation of Espeletiinae (tropical-alpine paramos of Northern Andes)
  • Evolutive history of the flora of the Alps


  • Aubert, S.; Bligny, R. (2012) Specifities of metabolite profiles in alpine plants. In “Plant in alpine regions : cell physiology of adaptation and survival strategies” (Lütz C. ed.), Springer Verlag, Vienna, pp 99-120
  • Boucher, F. ; Thuiller, W. ; Roquet, C. ; Douzet, R. ; Aubert, S. ; Alvarez, N.; Lavergne S. (2012) Reconstructing the origins of high-alpine niches and cushion life form in the genus Androsace s.l. (Primulaceae). Evolution 66(4):1255-68
  • Clément, J.-C. ; Robson, T.-M. ; Guillemin, R. ; Saccone, O. ; Lochet, J. ; Aubert, S. ; Lavorel, S. (2011) The effects of snow-N deposition and snowmelt dynamics on soil N-cycling in marginal terraced grasslands in the French Alps. Biogeochemistry 108: 297-315
  • Albert, C.; Thuiller, W.; Yoccoz, G.; Dubuis, A.; Guisan, A.; Douzet, R.; Aubert, S.; Lavorel, S. (2010) Intraspecific functional variability: on the relative importance and structure of intra versus interspecific variability. Functional ecology 24: 1192–1201
  • Baptist, F.; Tcherkez, G.; Aubert, S.; Pontailler, J.-Y.; Choler, P.; Nogues, S. (2009) 13C and 15N allocations of two alpine species from early and late snowmelt locations reflect their different growth strategies. Journal of Experimental Botany 60:2725-2735
  • Aubert, S.; Choler, P.; Pratt, J.; Douzet, R.; Gout, E.; Bligny, R. (2004) Methyl-b-D-glucopyranoside in higher plants. Accumulation and intracellular localisation in Geum montanum L. leaves and in model systems studied by 13C nuclear magnetic resonance. Journal of Experimental Botany 55: 2179-2189
  • Streb, P.; Aubert, S.; Gout, E.; Bligny, R. (2003) Cold- and light-induced changes of metabolite and antioxidant levels in two high mountain plant species Soldanella alpina and Ranunculus glacialis and a lowland species Pisum sativum. Physiologia Plantarum 118(1): 96-104
  • Aubert, S.; Assard, N.; Boutin, J. P.; Frenot, Y.; Dorne, A. J. (1999) Carbon metabolism in the subantarctic Kerguelen cabbage Pringlea antiscorbutica R-Br.: environmental controls over carbohydrates and proline contents and relation to phenology. Plant Cell and Environment 22(3): 243-254
  • Aubert, S.; Bligny, R.; Gout, E.; Alabouvette, J.; Marty-Mazars, D.; Marty, F.; Douce, R. (1996) Autophagy in higher plant cells submitted to carbon deprivation: control by the supply of mitochondria with respiratory substrates. Journal of Cell Biology 133: 1251-1263
  • Aubert S. (2013) Livret-guide - Le Jardin botanique alpin du Lautaret. Ed. SAJF, 200p

Interests, Projects, Ideas

I am a plant biologist, member of the Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine (LECA) and director of the Station alpine Joseph Fourier (SAJF). My interests combine administration, teaching integrative plant biology, public education, and research on alpine plants. At 2100m at the Lautaret pass, the SAJF includes a unique alpine botanical garden (15 to 20.000 visitors/summer) and a research platform where searchers from various laboratories in France and abroad carry out investigations on alpine ecosystems at various scales, from molecular to lanscape levels. The platform recently obtained two labels "investissements d'avenir" (AnaEE France) and "Pôle d'Excellence Rurale" which permit the renovation of the two current chalets and the construction of a new building. Public education includes guided tours by students, booklets (Cahiers illustrés du Lautaret), etc. My research focuses on the biogeography, the evolution and the adaptation of two major growth forms typical for the alpine regions of the world: cushion plants and caulirosulate plants of the paramos (the tropical-alpine nevironments of the northern Andes in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador).

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