Marion Chatelain

I obtained a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Ecology from the National Museum of Natural History of Paris in 2012. I carried out my PhD research on the role of melanin-based plumage colouration in coping with high levels of trace metals in cities at the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris (Pierre & Marie Curie University; 2012-2015). I further continued as assistant lecturer at Pierre & Marie Curie University where I taught ecology, evolution and statistical methods. I concurrently carried out research on the effects of trace metals on earthworm communities and habitat choice behaviour (2015-2016). In October 2016, I obtained a two-years POLONEZ grant (National Science Centre, Poland, Marie Curie-Sklodowska COFUND UMO-2015/19/P/NZ8/02992) to work in the Wild Urban Evolution and Ecology Lab on the effects of trace metals on great and blue tit oxidative stress and fitness in a gradient of urbanisation.


Chatelain, M., Gasparini, J., Frantz, A., & Angelier, F. 2018. Reproduction impairments in metal-polluted environments and parental hormones: No evidence for a causal association in an experimental study in breeding feral pigeons exposed to lead and zinc. Ecotoxicology and environmental safety161, 746-754. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2018.06.043

Chatelain M. and Mathieu J. 2017. How good are epigeic earthworms at dispersing? An investigation to compare epigeic to endogeic and anecic groups. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 111:115–123. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2017.04.004

Chatelain M., Pessato A., Frantz A., Gasparini J. and Leclaire S. 2017. Do trace metals influence visual signals? Effects of trace metals on iridescent and melanic feather colouration in the feral pigeon. Oikos. doi: 10.1111/oik.04262

Chatelain M., Gasparini J. and Frantz A. 2016. Do trace metals select for darker birds in urban areas? An experimental exposure to lead and zinc. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13170

Chatelain M., Gasparini J. and Frantz A. 2016. Trace metals, melanin-based pigmentation and their interaction influence immune parameters in feral pigeons (Columba livia). Ecotoxicology. doi: 10.1007/s10646-016-1610-5

Chatelain M., Gasparini J., Haussy C. and Frantz A. 2016. Trace metals affect early maternal transfer of immune components in the feral pigeon. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 89(3): 206-212. doi: 10.1086/685511

Chatelain M., Frantz A., Gasparini J. and Leclaire S. 2016. Experimental exposure to trace metals affects plumage bacterial communities in the feral pigeon. Journal of Avian Biology. 10.1111/jav.00857

Chatelain M., Gasparini J., Jacquin L. and Frantz A. 2014. The adaptive function of melanin-based plumage coloration to trace metals. Biology Letters. 10(3): 20140164

Leclaire S., Pierret P., Chatelain M. and Gasparini J. 2014. Feather bacterial load affects plumage condition, iridescent color, and investment in preening in pigeons. Behavioral Ecology. 25(5): 1192-1198

Chatelain M., Halpin C. and Rowe C. 2013. Ambient temperature influences birds’ decisions to eat aposematic prey. Animal Behaviour. 86(4):733-740