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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Dr Anne Ropiquet


Senior Lecturer in Biosciences, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Room Number: Fogg 5.14


Research Interests:

Evolutionary Biology - Conservation Biology - Biodiversity

Mammalia - Introgression - Hybridisation - Molecular evolution


Porrelli S, Gerbault-Seureau M, Rozzi R, Chikhi R, Curaudeau M, Ropiquet A, Hassanin A. 2022. Draft genome of the lowland anoa (Bubalus depressicornis) and comparison with buffalo genome assemblies (Bovidae, Bubalina). G3. Genes, Genomes, Genetics 16:jkac234.

Bakkes, D. K., Ropiquet, A., Chitimia-Dobler, L., Matloa, D. E., Apanaskevich, D. A., Horak, I. G., Mans, B. J., & Matthee, C. A. 2021. Adaptive Radiation and Speciation in Rhipicephalus ticks: A Medley of Novel Hosts, Nested Predator-Prey Food Webs, Off-host Periods and Dispersal Along Temperature Variation Gradients. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 107178

Hassanin A, Véron G, Ropiquet A, Van Vuuren BJ, Lécu A, Goodman SG, Haider J, Nguyen TT. 2021. Evolutionary history of Carnivora (Mammalia, Laurasiatheria) inferred from mitochondrial genomes. PLoS ONE 16(2): e0240770

Hassanin A., Jones H., Ropiquet A. 2020. SARS-CoV-2-like viruses from captive Guangdong pangolins generate circular RNAs. 2020. hal-02616966

Landeryou T., Kett S.M., Ropiquet A., Wildeboer D., Lawton S.P. 2020. Characterization of the complete mitochondrial genome of Diplostomum baeri. Parasitology International. 79: 102166

Hassanin A., Houck M.L., Tshikung D., Kadjo B., Davis H., Ropiquet A. 2018. Multi-locus phylogeny of the tribe Tragelaphini (Mammalia, Bovidae) and species delimitation in bushbuck: evidence for chromosomal speciation mediated by interspecific hybridization. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 129: 96–105

Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. 2017. Two new genera of Bovidae (Mammalia). Dumerilia. 2017, 7: 78–81

Matthee C.A. & Ropiquet A. 2016. The importance of correctly identifying the process responsible for spatial genetic structure in Leopard: A response to McManus and Smuts (2016). Comptes Rendus Biologies. 339: 439-441

Ropiquet A., Knight A.T., Born C, Martin Q., Balme G., Kirkendall L., Hunter L., Senekal C., Matthee C.A. 2015. Implications of spatial genetic patterns for conserving large carnivores. Comptes Rendus Biologies. 338: 728-737

Solano E., Taylor P.J., Rautenbach A., Ropiquet A., Castiglia R. 2014. Cryptic speciation and chromosomal repatterning in the South African climbing mice Dendromus (Rodentia, Nesomyidae). PLoS ONE 9(2): e88799

Hassanin A., An J., Ropiquet A., Nguyen T.T., Couloux A. 2013. Combining multiple autosomal introns for studying shallow phylogeny and taxonomy of Laurasiatherian mammals: Application to the tribe Bovini (Cetartiodactyla, Bovidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 66:766-75

Hassanin A., Delsuc F., Ropiquet A., Hammer C., Van Vuuren J.B., Matthee C.A., Ruiz-Garcia M., Catzeflis F., Areskoug V., Nguyen T.T., Couloux A. 2012. Pattern and timing of diversification of Cetartiodactyla (Mammalia, Laurasiatheria), as revealed by a comprehensive analysis of mitochondrial genomes. Comptes Rendus Biologie. 335: 32-50

Robinson T.J. & Ropiquet A. 2011 Examination of Hemiplasy, Homoplasy and Phylogenetic Discordance in Chromosomal Evolution of the Bovidae. Systematic Biology. 60: 439-450

Robinson T.J. & Ropiquet A. 2010. Chromosomal Evolution within Bovidae: Phylogenetic Examination of Hemiplasy and Homoplasy. Chromosome Research. 18: 721-721

Ropiquet A., Hassanin A., Pagacova E., Gerbault-Seureau M., Cernohorska H., Kubickova S., Bonillo C., Rubes J., Robinson TJ. 2010. A paradox revealed: karyotype evolution in the four-horned antelope occurs by tandem fusion (Mammalia, Bovidae, Tetracerus quadricornis). Chromosome Research. 18: 277-286

 Cataudella R., Paolucci M., Delaunay C., Ropiquet A., Hassanin A., Balsamo M., Grandjeand F. 2010. Genetic variability of Austropotamobius italicus in the Marches region: implications for conservation. Aquatic Conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems. 20: 261-268

 Ropiquet A., Li B. & Hassanin A. 2009. SuperTRI: A new approach based on branch support analyses of multiple independent data sets for assessing reliability of phylogenetic hypotheses. Comptes Rendus Biologies. 332: 832-847

 Hassanin A., Ropiquet A., Couloux A., Cruaud C. 2009 Evolution of the mitochondrial genome in mammals living at high altitude. New insights from the study of the tribe Caprini (Bovidae, Antilopinae). Journal of Molecular Evolution. 68: 293-310

 Ropiquet A., Gerbault-Seureau M., Deuve J.L., Gilbert C., Pagacova E., Chai N., Rubes J., Hassanin A. 2008. Chromosome evolution in the subtribe Bovina (Mammalia, Bovidae): the karyotype of the Cambodian banteng (Bos javanicus birmanicus) suggests that Robertsonian translocations are related to interspecific hybridization. Chromosome Research. 16: 1107-18

 Diéguez-Uribeondo J., Royo F., Souty-Grosset C., Ropiquet A., Grandjean F. 2008. Low genetic variability of the white-clawed crayfish in the Iberian peninsula: its origin and management implications. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 18: 19-31

 Hassanin A. & Ropiquet A. 2007. Resolving a zoological mystery: the kouprey is a real species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 274: 2849-2855

Hassanin A., Ropiquet A., Gourmand A.-L., Chardonnet B., Rigoulet J. 2007. Mitochondrial DNA variability in Giraffa camelopardalis: consequences for taxonomy, phylogeography and conservation of giraffes in West and central Africa. Comptes Rendus Biologie.  330: 265-274

Hassanin A. & Ropiquet A. 2007. What is the taxonomic status of the Cambodian banteng (Bos javanicus) and does it have genetic links with the kouprey (Bos sauveli)? Journal of Zoology. 271: 246–252

Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. 2006. Hybrid origin of the Pliocene ancestor of wild goats. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 41: 395-404

Gilbert C., Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. 2006. Mitochondrial and nuclear phylogenies of Cervidae (Mammalia, Ruminantia): Systematics, morphology, and biogeography. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 40: 101-117

Hassanin A., Ropiquet A., Cornette R., Tranier M., Pfeffer P., Candegabe P., Lemaire M. 2006. Has the kouprey (Bos sauveliUrbain, 1937) been domesticated in Cambodia? Comptes Rendus Biologie.  329: 124-135

Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. 2005. Molecular evidence for the polyphyly of the genus Hemitragus (Mammalia, Bovidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  36: 154-168

 Ropiquet A. & Hassanin A. 2005. Molecular phylogeny of caprines (Bovidae, Antilopinae): the question of their origin and diversification during the Miocene. Journal of Zoological Systematics & Evolutionary Research. 12: 49-60

Hassanin A. & Ropiquet A. 2004. Molecular phylogeny of the tribe Bovini (Bovidae, Bovinae) and the taxonomic status of the Kouprey, Bos sauveli Urbain 1937. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 33: 896-907

Gouin N., Souty-Grosset C., Ropiquet A., & Grandjean F. 2002. High dispersal ability of Austropotamobius pallipes revealed by microsatellites markers in a French brook. Bulletin Français de la Pêche et de la Pisciculture. 367: 671-680

 Grandjean F., Jouteux R., Ropiquet A., Bachelier E. & Bramard M. 2001. Biological water quality assessment in running water sites harbouring the endangered crayfish, Austropotamobius pallipes based on macroinvertebrates and its potential in habitat selection for restocking. In: Freshwater Crayfish.XIII (Whisson G. eds). International Association of Astacology, Perth, Australia.  13: 338-348



Current PhD students:

James MCDONALD, Biodiversity and function of umbrisols. 

Stefano PORRELLI, Comparative genomic approach for the study of the adaptive radiation of the Tragelaphini.

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