Sylvain Dubey


Position Post-Doc 2007-2011

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Current Address: University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution

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Sydney Research

I am interested in the evolution and speciation in organisms, particularly in phylogeny, phylogeography, and population genetics. My work centers mainly on reptiles and amphibians, and one of my current projects is the conservation genetics of the Blue Mountains water skink (Eulamprus leuraensis), including the study of sex-biased dispersal and sexual competition.

Eulamprus leuraensis Drysdalia coronoides

Eulamprus leuraensis

Drysdalia coronoides


# Publication
42. Dubey S, Sinsch U, Dehling MJ, Chevalley M, Shine R (2013) Population demography of an endangered lizard, the Blue Mountains Water Skink.  BMC Ecology 13:4.
41. Goiran C, Dubey S, Shine R (2013) Effects of season, sex and body size on the feeding ecology of turtle-headed seasnakes (Emydocephalus annulatus) on IndoPacific inshore coral reefs.  Coral Reefs 32:527-538.
40. Dubey S, Pike DA, Shine R (2013) Predicting the impacts of climate change on genetic diversity in an endangered lizard species.  Climatic Change 117:319-327.
39. Pizzatto L, Kelehear C, Dubey S, Barton D, Shine R (2012)  Host-parasite relationships during a biological invasion: 75 years post-invasion, cane toads and sympatric Australian frogs retain separate lungworm faunas. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48:951-961.
38. Dubey S, Croak BM, Pike DA, Webb JK, Shine R (2012) Phylogeography and dispersal in a rock-dwelling gecko (Oedura lesueurii), and its potential implications for conservation of an endangered snake (Hoplocephalus bungaroides).  BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:67.
37. Dubey S, Shine R (2012) Are reptile and amphibian species younger in the Northern Hemisphere than the Southern Hemisphere?  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 25:220-226.
36. Dubey S, Sumner J, Pike D, Keogh JS, Webb JK, Shine R (2011) Genetic connectivity among populations of an endangered snake species from southeastern Australia (Hoplocephalus bungaroides, Elapidae. Ecology and Evolution 1:218-227.
35. Kelehear C, Spratt DM, Dubey S, Brown GP, Shine R  (2011)  Using combined morphological, allometric and molecular approaches to identify species of the genus Raillietiella (Pentastomida).  PLoS ONE 6:e24936.
34. Kang HJ, Kadjo B, Dubey S, Jacquet F, Yanagihara R (2011) Molecular evolution of Azagny virus, a newfound hantavirus harbored by the West African pygmy shrew (Crocidura obscurior) in Côte d’Ivoire. Virology Journal 8:373.
33. Dubey S, Shine R (2011) Predicting the effects of climate change on an endangered montane lizard, Eulamprus leuraensis (Scincidae). Climatic Change 107:531–547.
32. Dubey S, Shine R (2011) Geographic variation in the age of temperate-zone reptile and amphibian species: southern Hemisphere species are older. Biology Letters 7:96-97.
31. Dubey S, Chevalley M, Shine R. (2011) Sexual dimorphism and sexual selection in a montane scincid lizard (Eulamprus leuraensis). Austral Ecology 36:68-75. 
30. Emaresi G, Pellet J, Hirzel AH, Dubey S, Fumagalli L (2011) Landscape genetics of the Alpine newt (Mesotriton alpestris) inferred from a strip-based approach. Conservation Genetics 12:41-50.
29. Bruyndonckx N, Dubey S, Christe P (2010) Fortuitous infestation or wide host range? The case of Spinturnicidae and their bat hosts: reply to Guiller and Deunff. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:1353-1354.
28. Dubey S, Shine R (2010) Evolutionary diversification of the lizard genus Bassiana (Scincidae) across southern Australia. PLoS ONE 5(9):e12982.
27. Yannic G, Dubey S, Hausser J, Basset P (2010) Additional data on nuclear DNA give new insights into the relationship of Sorex granarius with the species of the Sorex araneus group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:1062-1071.
26. Bruyndonckx N, Biollaz F, Dubey S, Popa-Lisseanu A, Goudet J, Christe P (2010) Mites as biological tags of their bat hosts. Molecular Ecology 19:2770-2778.
25. Dubey S, Keogh JS, Shine R (2010) Plio-Pleistocene diversification and connectivity between mainland and Tasmanian populations of Australian snakes (Drysdalia, Elapidae, Serpentes). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56:1119-1125.
24. Dubey S, Shine R. (2010) Restricted dispersal and genetic diversity in populations of an endangered montane lizard (Eulamprus leuraensis, Scincidae). Molecular Ecology 19:886–897.
23. Dubey S, Shine R. (2010) Plio-Pleistocene diversification and genetic population structure of an endangered lizard (the Blue Mountains waterskink, Eulamprus leuraensis) in southeastern Australia. Journal of Biogeography 37:902-914.
22. Stöck M, Dubey S, Klütsch C, Litvinchuk SN, Scheidt U, Perrin N (2010) On tree frog cryptozoology and systematics - response to Y. Werner. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57:957–958.
21. Bruyndonckx N, Dubey S, Ruedi M, Christe P (2009) Molecular cophylogenetic relationships between European bats and their mites (Acari, Spinturnicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51:227-237. 
20. Dubey S, Michaux J, Brünner H, Hutterer R, Vogel P (2009) False phylogenies on wood mice due to cryptic cytochrome-b pseudogene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50:633-641.
19. Dubey S, Brown GP, Madsen T, Shine R (2009) Sexual selection favours large body size in males of a tropical snake (Stegonotus cucullatus, Colubridae). Animal Behaviour 77:177-182. 
18. Stöck M, Dubey S, Klütsch C, Litvinchuk S, Scheidt U, Perrin N (2008) Mitochondrial and nuclear phylogeny of circum-Mediterranean tree frogs from the Hyla arborea group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49:1019-1024.
17. Dubey S, Ursenbacher S, Pellet J, and Fumagalli L (2009) Genetic differentiation in two European tree frog (Hyla arborea) metapopulations in contrasted landscapes of Western Switzerland. Amphibia-Reptilia 30:127-133.
16. Dubey S, and Shine R (2008) Origin of the parasites of an invading species, the Australian cane toad (Bufo marinus): are the lungworms Australian or American? Molecular Ecology 17:4418-4424. 
15. Dubey S, Salamin N, Ruedi M, Barrière P, Colyn M, Vogel P (2008) Biogeographic origin and radiation of the Old World crocidurine shrews (Mammalia: Soricidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48:953-963.
14. Dubey S, Brown GP, Madsen T, Shine R (2008) Male-biased dispersal in a tropical Australian snake (Stegonotus cucullatus, Colubridae). Molecular Ecology 17:3506-3514.
13. Dubey S, Brown GP, Madsen T, Shine R (2008) Characterization of tri- and tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for the slatey grey snake (Stegonotus cucullatus, Colubridae). Molecular Ecology Resources 8:431-433.
12. Dubey S, Diker E, Kurtonur C, Vogel P (2008) Secondary contact zones and hybridizations: the case of the lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens group, Soricidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 95:557-565.
11. Dubey S, Kazuhiro K, Parapanov R, Ribi M, Hutterer R, Vogel P (2008) Molecular phylogenetics reveal Messinian, Pliocene and Pleistocene colonizations of islands by North African shrews. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47: 877-882.
10. Dubey S, Antonin M, Denys C, Vogel P (2007) Use of phylogeny to resolve the taxonomy of the widespread and highly polymorphic African giant shrews (C. olivieri group, Crocidurinae, Mammalia). Zoology 110:48-57.
9. Dubey S, Cosson J-F, Magnanou E, Vohralík V, Hutterer R, Vogel P (2007) Mediterranean populations of the Lesser white-toothed shrew (Crocidura suaveolens group): an unexpected puzzle of Pleistocene survivors and prehistoric introductions. Molecular Ecology 16:3438–3452.
8. Dubey S, Cosson J-F, Vohralik V, Krystufek B, Diker E, Vogel P (2007) Molecular evidence of Pleistocene bidirectional faunal exchange between Europe and the Near East: the case of the bicolored shrew (Crocidura leucodon, Soricidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 20:1799-1808.
7. Dubey S, Nová P, Vogel P,  Vohralík V (2007) Cytogenetic and molecular relationships between Zarudny’s rock shrew, Crocidura zarudnyi (Mammalia: Eulipotyphla) and Eurasian taxa. Journal of Mammalogy 88:706-711.
6. Dubey S, Salamin N, Ohdachi SD, Barrière P, Vogel P (2007) Molecular phylogenetics of Soricidae (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla) reveals timing of transcontinental colonisations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44:126-137.
5. Dubey S, Ursenbacher S, Fumagalli L (2006) Origin of tree frog (Hyla spp.) populations in western Switzerland. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 113:879-887.
4. Vogel P, Mehmeti AM, Dubey S, Vogel-Gerber C, Koyasu K, Ribi M (2006) Habitat, morphology and karyotype of the Saharan shrew Crocidura tarfayaensis (Mammalia: Soricidae). Acta Theriologica 51:353-362.
3. Berset-Bräendli L, Jaquieri J, Dubey S, Perrin N (2006) A sex-specific marker reveals male heterogamety in European treefrogs. Molecular Biology and Evolution 23:1104-1106.
2. Dubey S, Zaitsev M, Cosson J-F, Abdukadier A, Vogel P (2006) Pliocene and Pleistocene diversification and multiple refugia in an Eurasian shrew (Crocidura suaveolens group). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 38:645-647.
1. Pellet J, Dubey S, Hoen S (2002) The amphibians of the watershed of the Aubonne river (Switzerland): distribution and habitat analysis. Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 88.1:41-57.

Journal cover for the following paper:
Dubey S, and Shine R (2008) Origin of the parasites of an invading species, the Australian cane toad (Bufo marinus): are the lungworms Australian or American? Molecular Ecology 17:4418-4424.


2007. Prize awarded by the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland, for the publications and the work of my PhD.