Francois Brischoux

Francois Brischoux

Position: Collaborator


Location: Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé, France

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Current Research

I am interested in natural history, ecology, behaviour and evolution...and as if that is not enough, my research now involves using snakes as model organisms to study behavioural and evolutionary ecology. Although I do not remember fearing snakes, I started to work on these amazing animals by chance: during my Degree in biology, I worked as a summer fieldworker with Xavier Bonnet, and surveyed 4 snake species in the legendary Chizé forest (France)...After this first contact with both snakes and research, I worked for a year on the reproductive eco-physiology of rainbow boas with Oli Lourdais.

During my Masters and my PhD, I worked under the supervision of Xavier Bonnet on the ecology of sea kraits in New Caledonia. The opportunity to participate in this research project from its very beginning has enabled me to work on various research subjects (life history traits, reproductive ecology, sexual dimorphism, foraging ecology, community ecology, marine and terrestrial ecology).

Although I am quite eclectic and thus interested in the broad field of behavioural and evolutionary ecology, my current research interests deal with the evolutionary invasion of marine and aquatic ecosystems by snakes.

Francois Brischoux

Main collaborators

Rick Shine (Biological Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia)

Xavier Bonnet (CEBC-CNRS, Chizé, France)

Timothée R. Cook (Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Harvey Lillywhite (Department of Biology, University of Florida, USA)

Yan Ropert-Coudert & Akiko Kato (DEPE-CNRS, Strasbourg, France)

Francois Brischoux


# Publication
1. Lourdais O, Brischoux F, DeNardo D, Shine R. 2004. Protein catabolism in pregnant snakes (Epicrates maurus, Boidae) compromises musculature and performance after reproduction. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 174:383-391.
2. Ford NB, Brischoux F, Lancaster D. 2004. Reproduction in the western cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma, in a floodplain forest. The Southwestern Naturalist 49(4):465–471.
3. Lourdais O, Brischoux F, Shine R, Bonnet X. 2005. Adaptive maternal cannibalism in snakes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 84:767-774.
4. Lourdais O, Brischoux F, Barantin L. 2005. How to assess musculature and performance in a constricting snake?  A case study in the rainbow boa (Epicrates maurus). Journal of Zoology London 265:43–51.
5. Lourdais O, Shine R, Bonnet X, Brischoux F. 2006. Sex differences in body composition, performances and behaviour in the Colombian rainbow boa (Epicrates cenchria maurus, Boidae). Journal of Zoology London 269:175-182.
6. Ineich I, Bonnet X, Shine R, Shine T, Brischoux F, LeBreton M, Chirio L. 2006. What, if anything, is a “typical viper”? Biological attributes of basal viperid snakes (genus Causus, Wagler 1830). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 89:575-588.
7. Ineich I, Bonnet X, Brischoux F, Kulbicki M, Séret B, Shine R. 2007. Anguilliform fishes and sea kraits: neglected predators in coral-reef ecosystems. Marine Biology 151:793-802.
8. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Cook TR, Shine R. 2007. Snakes at sea: diving performance of free-ranging sea kraits. Proceedings of the 11th Annual Meeting ED SST. Tours University, France.
9. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, De Crignis M. 2007. A method to reconstruct anguilliform fishes from partially digested items. Marine Biology 151:1893-1897.
10. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Shine R. 2007. Foraging ecology of sea kraits (Laticauda spp.) in the Neo-Caledonian lagoon. Marine Ecology Progress Series 350:145-151.
11. Lorioux S, Bonnet X, Brischoux F, De Crignis M. 2008. Is melanism adaptive in sea kraits? Amphibia-Reptilia 29:1-5.
12. De Crignis M, Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Lorioux S. 2008. Laticauda saintgironsi (sea krait). Predation. Herpetological Review 39:97-98.
13. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Cook TR, Shine R. 2008. Allometry of diving capacities: ectothermy versus endothermy. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21:324-329.
14. Brischoux F, Bonnet X. 2008. Estimating the impact of sea kraits on the anguilliform fish community (Muraenidae, Congridae, Ophichthidae) of New Caledonia. Aquatic Living Resources 21:395-399.
15. Seret B, Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Shine R. 2008. First record of Cirrimaxilla formosa (Teleostei: Muraenidae) from New Caledonia, found in sea snake stomach contents. Cybium 32:191-192.
16. Bonnet X, Brischoux F. 2008. Thirsty sea snakes forsake their shelter during rainfall. Austral Ecology 33:911-921.
17. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Shine R. 2009. Determinants of dietary specialization: a comparison of sympatric species of sea snakes. Oikos 118:145-151.
18. Brischoux F, Bonnet X. 2009. Life history of sea kraits in New Caledonia. Zoologia Neocaledonica 7, Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle 198:37-51.
19. Bonnet X, Brischoux F, Pearson D, Rivalan P. 2009. Beach-rock as a keystone habitat for sea kraits. Environmental Conservation 36:62-70.
20. Brischoux F, Legagneux P. 2009. Don’t format manuscripts: journals should consider generic submission format until papers are accepted. The Scientist 23(7):24.
21. Brischoux F, Cook TR. 2009. Juniors seek an end to the impact factor race. BioScience 59:638-639.
22. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Pinaud D. 2009. Fine scale fidelity in sea kraits: implications for conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:2473–2481.
23. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Legagneux P. 2009. Are sea snakes pertinent bio-indicators for coral reefs? A comparison between species and sites. Marine Biology 156:1985-1992.
24. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Shine R. 2009. Kleptothermy: an additional category of thermoregulation, and a possible example in sea kraits (Laticauda laticaudata, Serpentes). Biology Letters 5:729-731.
25. Shine R, Brischoux F, Pile AJ. 2010. A seasnake’s colour affects its susceptibility to algal fouling. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277:2459-2464.
26. Bonnet X, Brischoux F, Lang R. 2010. Highly venomous sea kraits must fight to get their prey. Coral Reefs 29:379.
27. Brischoux F, Pizzatto L, Shine R. 2010. Insights into the adaptive significance of vertical pupil shape in snakes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23:1878-1885.
28. Lillywhite HB, Sheehy CM III, Pfaller JB, Brischoux F.  2010.  Drought tolerance of pelagic sea snakes in Costa Rica. Proceeding of the 2010 APS Intersociety Meeting - Global Change and Global Science: Comparative Physiology in a Changing World. The Physiologist 53:42.
29. Brischoux F, Kato A, Ropert-Coudert Y, Shine R. 2010. Swimming speed variation in amphibious seasnakes (Laticaudinae): a search for underlying mechanisms. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 394:116-122.
30. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Shine R. 2010. Foraging ecology of sea kraits Laticauda spp. in the Neo-Caledonian Lagoon. Proceedings of the Second meeting of the Australasian societies of herpetology. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 37:61.
31. Brischoux F, Bonnet X. 2010. Les tricots rayés.  In: Guide du lagon et des marées 2010 (Ed: Province Sud, New Caledonia, 61p). p21.
32. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Shine R. 2011. Conflicts between reproduction and feeding in amphibious snakes (sea kraits, Laticauda spp.). Austral Ecology 36:46-52.
33. Brischoux F, Bonnet X, Cherel Y, Shine R. 2011. Isotopic signatures, foraging habitats and trophic relationships between fish and seasnakes on the coral reefs of New Caledonia. Coral Reefs 30:155-165.
34. Brischoux F, Shine R. 2011. Morphological adaptations to marine life in snakes. Journal of Morphology 272:566–572.
35. Brischoux F, Gartner GEA, Garland T Jr, Bonnet X. 2011. Is aquatic life correlated with an increased hematocrit in snakes? PLoS one 6:e17077.
36. Brischoux F, Tingley R, Shine R, Lillywhite HB.  2012.  Salinity influences the distribution of marine snakes: Implications for evolutionary transitions to marine life.  Ecography 35:994-1003.
37. Brischoux F, Rolland V, Bonnet X, Caillaud M, Shine R.  2012.  Effects of oceanic salinity on body condition in sea snakes.  Integrative and Comparative Biology 52:235-244.
38. Shine R, Goiran C, Shine T, Fauvel T, Brischoux F.  2012.  Phenotypic divergence between seasnake (Emydocephalus annulatus) populations from adjacent bays of the New Caledonian lagoon. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107:824-832.
39. Brischoux F, Tingley R, Shine R, Lillywhite HB.  2013.  Behavioral and physiological correlates of the geographic distributions of amphibious sea kraits (Laticauda spp.).  Journal of Sea Research 76:1-4.