Affiliation entity
Systématique, Phylogéographie, Évolution, Conservation (SPEC)


jerome.fuchs [at]
01 40 79 30 84

57 rue Cuvier


75005 Paris

Responsibilities inside unit

Responsable de l'équipe Systématique, Phylogéographie, Évolution, Conservation (SPEC)


Research Interests

I am interested in a range of primary questions in evolutionary biology related to spatial and temporal patterns and processes of bird diversification, from higher-level phylogeny to phylogeography and population genetics, species accumulation across time and biomes, character evolution and genes involved in speciation and adaptation.

Most of my projects take place in Asia, Madagascar and the Afrotropics, where I am trying to understand the relative importance of dispersal and vicariance in generating the extant level of endemism in these regions, as well as describing the processes of in situ diversification within each of these regions. A last component of my research aims to identify genes or genomic regions involved in reproductive isolation and/or adaptation using hybrid zones identified in previous projects.

Bandeau Jérôme Fuchs © MNHN

 Brief CV

Since 2013. Associate Professor/Curator of Birds. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

2010-June 2012. Post-doctorate Associate. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California. In collaboration with Dr. David P. Mindell (NSF) and Dr. John P. Dumbacher (CAS).

2007-2009. Post-doctorate Associate. Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology-DST-NRF Centre of Excellence, UCT, South Africa and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology- UC Berkeley. In collaboration with Prof. Timothy M. Crowe (UCT) and Prof. Rauri C.K. Bowie (MVZ-UC, Berkeley).

2003-2006. Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris 6. Supervisor Eric Pasquet (MNHN) .

Field Experience/Expertise

Field work in five biogeographic realms and twelve countries (France, Lao RDP, Cambodia, Vietnam, Guatemala, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Mozambique, South Africa). Familiar with bird and trapping, blood sampling, biometric measurements, and preservation of avian museum specimens in the field.


Acta Zoologica Sinica, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Emu, Evolution, Gene, Ibis, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Heredity, Journal of Ornithology, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Journal of Zoology, Malimbus, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, National Research Foundation, South Africa, Ostrich, Zoologica Scripta.

Associate Editor : Ibis (April 2010-March 2014).


List of publications before 2014

28. Fuchs J., Parra J.L., Goodman S.M., Raherilalao M.J., Vanderwal J., Bowie R.C. (2013) Extending ecological niche models to the past 120 000 years corroborates the lack of strong phylogeographic structure in the crested drongo (Dicrurus forficatus forficatus) on Madagascar. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 108, 658–676.

27. Fuchs J., Pons J.-M., Liu L., Ericson P.G.P., Couloux A., Pasquet E. (2013) A multi-locus phylogeny suggests an ancient hybridization event between Campephilusand melanerpine woodpeckers (Aves : Picidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 67, 578–588. Available at :

26. Pons J.-M., Kirwan G.M., Porter R.F., Fuchs J. (2013) A reappraisal of the systematic affinities of Socotran, Arabian and East African scops owls (Otus, Strigidae) using a combination of molecular, biometric and acoustic data. Ibis, 155, 518–533.

25. Fuchs J., Irestedt M., Fjelds\a a J., Couloux A., Pasquet E., Bowie R.C. (2012) Molecular phylogeny of African bush-shrikes and allies : tracing the biogeographic history of an explosive radiation of corvoid birds. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 64, 93–105.

24. Fuchs J., Johnson J.A., Mindell D.P. (2012) Molecular systematics of the caracaras and allies (Falconidae : Polyborinae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data. IBIS, 154, 520–532.

23. Fuchs J., Crowe T.M., Bowie R.C.K. (2011). Phylogeography of the Fiscal Shrike (Lanius collaris) : A novel pattern of genetic structure across the arid zones and savannas of Africa. Journal of Biogeography 38 : 2210-2222.

22. Fuchs J., Chen S., Johnson J.A., Mindell D.P.(2011). Pliocene diversification within the South American forest-falcons (Falconidae : Micrastur). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60 : 398-407.

21. Fuchs J., Fjeldså J., Bowie R.C.K.( 2011). Diversification across an altitudinal gradient in the Tiny Greenbul (Phyllastrephus debilis) from the Eastern Arc Mountains of Africa. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11 : 117. (Highly accessed)

20. Pons J.-M., Olioso G., Cruaud C., Fuchs J. (2011). Phylogeography of the Eurasian Green woodpecker (Picus viridis). Journal of Biogeography 38 : 311-325.

19. Benedict L., Bowie R.C.K.,Fuchs J., McManes M. (2010). When non-coding is non-neutral : the role of CHD1 gene polymorphism in sexing, phylogenetics and as a correlate of fitness in birds. Ibis 152 : 223-225.

18. Fuchs J., Pasquet E., Couloux A., Fjeldså J., Bowie R.C.K. (2009). A new Indo-Malayan member of the Stenostiridae (Aves : Passeriformes) revealed by multi-locus sequence data : Biogeographical implications for a morphologically diverse clade of Old World flycatchers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 53 : 384-393.

17. Fuchs J., Pons J.-M., Goodman S.M., Bretagnolle V., Melo M., Bowie R.C.K., Currie D., Safford R., Virani M.Z., Thomsett S., Hija A., Cruaud C., Pasquet E. (2008). Tracing the colonization history of the Indian Ocean scops-owls (Strigiformes : Otus) with further insights into the spatio-temporal origin of the Malagasy avifauna. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8 : 197.

16. Melo M., Fuchs J.. (2008). Phylogenetic relationships of the Gulf of Guinea Alcedo kingfishers.Ibis 150 : 633-639.

15. Irestedt M., Fuchs J., Jønsson K.A., Ohlson J.I., Pasquet E., Ericson P.G.P. (2008). The systematic affinity of the enigmatic Lamprolia victoriae (Aves : Passeriformes) - An example of avian dispersal between New Guinea and Fiji over Miocene intermittent land bridges ? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48 : 1218-1222.

14. Fuchs J., Pons J.-M., Ericson P.G.P., Bonillo C., Couloux A., Pasquet E. (2008). Molecular support for a rapid cladogenesis of the woodpecker clade Malarpicini, with further insights into the genus Picus (Piciformes : Picinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48 : 34-46.

13. Jønsson K.A., Irestedt M., Fuchs J., Ericson P.G.P., Christidis L., Bowie R.C.K., Norman J., Pasquet E., Fjeldså J. (2008). Explosive avian radiations and multi-directional dispersal across Wallacea : Evidence from the Campephagidae and other Crown Corvida. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47 : 221-236.

12. Fuchs J., Ericson P.G.P., Pasquet E. (2008). Mitochondrial phylogeographic structure of the white-browed piculet (Sasia ochracea) : cryptic genetic differentiation and endemism in Indochina. Journal of Biogeography 35 : 565-575.

11. Fuchs J., Cibois A., Duckworth W.J., Eve R., Robichaud W.G., Tizard T., Van Gansberghe D. (2007). Birds of Phongsaly province and the Nam Ou river (Laos). Forktail 23 : 22-86.

10. Pasquet E., Pons J.-M., Fuchs J., Cruaud C., Bretagnolle V. (2007). Evolutionary history and biogeography of the drongos (Dicruridae), a tropical Old World clade of corvoid passerines. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 45 : 158-167.

09. Fuchs J., Cruaud C., Couloux A., Pasquet E. (2007). Complex biogeographic history of the cuckoo-shrikes and allies (Passeriformes : Campephagidae) revealed by mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44 : 138-153.

08. Moyle R.G., Fuchs J., Pasquet E., Marks B. (2007). Feeding behavior, toe count and the phylogenetic relationships among alcedinine kingfishers (Alcedininae). Journal of Avian Biology 38 : 317-326.

07. Fuchs J., Pons J.-M., Pasquet E., Raherilalao M.J., Goodman S.M. (2007). Geographical structure of genetic variation in the Malagasy Scops-Owl inferred from mitochondrial sequence data. Condor 109 : 408-418.

06.Fuchs J., Ohlson J.I., Ericson P.G.P., Pasquet E. (2007). Synchronous intercontinental splits between assemblages of woodpeckers suggested by molecular data. Zoologica Scripta 36 : 11-25.

05. Fuchs J., Ohlson J.I., Ericson P.G.P., Pasquet E. (2006). Molecular phylogeny and biogeographic history of the piculets (Piciformes : Picumninae). Journal of Avian Biology 37 : 487-496.

04. Fuchs J., Fjeldså J., Pasquet E. (2006). An ancient African radiation of corvoid birds (Aves : Passeriformes) detected by mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data. Zoologica Scripta 35 : 375-385.

03. Fuchs J., Fjeldså J., Bowie R.C.K., Voelker G., Pasquet E. (2006). The African warbler genus Hyliota as a lost lineage in the Oscine songbird tree : Molecular support for an African origin of the Passerida. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39 : 186-197.

02.Fuchs J., Fjeldså J., Pasquet E. (200). The use of mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data in assessing the taxonomic status of the Endangered Uluguru Bush Shrike (Malaconotus alius). Ibis 147 : 717-724.

01. Fuchs J., Bowie R.C.K., Fjeldså J., Pasquet E. (2004). Phylogenetic relationships of the African bush-shrikes and helmet-shrikes (Passeriformes : Malaconotidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 33 : 428-439.


  • Forest Thomas, Achaz Guillaume, Marbouty Martial, Bignaud Amaury, Thierry Agnès, Koszul Romain, Milhes Marine, Lledo Joanna, Pons Jean-Marc & Fuchs Jérôme, May 2024Chromosome-level genome assembly of the European green woodpecker Picus viridis. G3 vol. 14, n° 5, Publisher: Genetics Society of America tex.hal_id: hal-04572175 tex.hal_version: v1
  • Fuchs Jérôme, Ericson Per & Irestedt Martin, January 2024Genomic insights into the evolutionary and demographic histories of the extinct Hoopoe Starling ( Fregilupus varius ). Ibis , , Publisher: Wiley tex.hal_id: hal-04399502 tex.hal_version: v1
  • Villard Pascal, Mériot Jean-Marc & Fuchs Jérôme, 2023New insights on the breeding biology of the Crow Honeyeater Gymnomyza aubryana suggest convergence with the Mao G. samoensis. Phylogenetic study of the honeyeater family shows that the four insular species of the genus Gymnomyza are polyphyletic, with… Australian Field Ornithology vol. 40, , p. 6-16 Publisher: Australian Field Ornithology tex.hal_id: hal-03924055 tex.hal_version: v1
  • Baudrin Gaspard, Pons Jean-Marc, Bed’Hom Bertrand, Gil Lisa, Boyer Roxane, Dusabyinema Yves, Jiguet Frédéric & Fuchs Jérôme, 2023A Reference Genome Assembly for the Spotted Flycatcher ( Muscicapa striata ). Abstract The spotted flycatcher (Muscicapa striata) forms with the Mediterranean flycatcher (Muscicapa tyrrhenica) a newly… Genome Biology and Evolution vol. 15, n° 8, evad140
  • Tobias Joseph, Sheard Catherine, Pigot Alex, Devenish Adam, Yang Jingyi, Sayol Ferran, Neate-Clegg Montague, Alioravainen Nico, Weeks Thomas, Barber Robert, Walkden Patrick, Macgregor Hannah, Jones Samuel, Vincent Claire, Phillips Anna et al., 2022AVONET : morphological, ecological and geographical data for all birds. Ecology Letters vol. 25, n° 3, p. 581-597 Publisher: Wiley tex.hal_id: hal-03784808 tex.hal_version: v1
  • Melo Martim, Freitas Bárbara, Verbelen Philippe, da Costa Sátiro R., Pereira Hugo, Fuchs Jérôme, Sangster George, Correia Marco N., de Lima Ricardo F. & Crottini Angelica, 2022A new species of scops-owl (Aves, Strigiformes, Strigidae, Otus) from Príncipe Island (Gulf of Guinea, Africa) and novel insights into the systematic affinities within Otus. A new species of scops-owl (Aves, Strigiformes, Strigidae, Otus ) is described from Príncipe Island, São Tomé and Príncipe … ZooKeys vol. 1126, , p. 1-54
    1313-2970, 1313-2989
  • Sangster George, Gaudin Jimmy & Fuchs Jérôme, 2022A new subfamily taxon for Sasia and Verreauxia (Picidae). Bulletin of the British Ornithologists’ Club vol. 142, n° 4, Publisher: Guy Kirwan tex.hal_id: hal-03924067 tex.hal_version: v1
  • Ng Elize, Li Siqi, Zhang Dezhi, Garg Kritika, Song Gang, Martinez Jonathan, Hung Le Manh, Tu Vuong Tan, Fuchs Jérôme, Dong Lu, Olsson Urban, Huang Yuan, Alström Per, Rheindt Frank & Lei Fumin, 2022Genome-wide SNPs confirm plumage polymorphism and hybridisation within a Cyornis flycatcher species complex. Zoologica Scripta , , Publisher: Wiley tex.hal_id: hal-03787722 tex.hal_version: v1
  • Movalli Paola, Koschorreck Jan, Treu Gabriele, Slobodnik Jaroslav, Alygizakis Nikiforos, Androulakakis Andreas, Badry Alexander, Baltag Emanuel, Barbagli Fausto, Bauer Kevin, Biesmeijer Koos, Borgo Enrico, Cincinelli Alessandra, Claßen Daniela, Danielsson Sara et al., 2022The role of natural science collections in the biomonitoring of environmental contaminants in apex predators in support of the EU’s zero pollution ambition. Environmental Sciences Europe vol. 34, n° 1, p. 88 Publisher: SPRINGER tex.hal_id: hal-03784801 tex.hal_version: v1
  • Fuchs Jérome, 2022Diversification des oiseaux de l’Ancien monde : des communautés aux gènes. , , tex.hal_id: tel-04035591 tex.hal_version: v1