About The Author

Gael J. Kergoat is the Research Director at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (Inra) -- Plant Health and Environment Division.

A consistent theme of my work as an evolutionary biologist is aimed at using multidisciplinary approaches for the characterization of biodiversity, with a focus on pest species. With that goal in mind, my research program focuses on 3 questions: i) what are the factors that determine patterns of host-use in phytophagous insects? ii) how did extant patterns of species richness and distribution originate? and iii) how did past climate changes impact the diversification dynamics of insect groups?