MSc. Claire Duchet, Ph.D.

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I am a researcher at the Faculty of Science, specializing in the intersection of ecotoxicology and global change ecology, with a particular focus on the effects of multiple stress factors on aquatic invertebrate communities. My research involves conducting controlled lab experiments to assess the impacts of stressors such as chemical pollution and warming on the physiology, behavior, and survival of freshwater planktonic organisms like Daphnia sp., benthic insect larvae such as Chironomussp., and insect predators including dragonfly larvae. I also investigate the interactions between these organisms, particularly predator-prey dynamics. Additionally, I examine how these effects may carry over across ecosystems through outdoor mesocosm experiments, and how they influence community structure and ecosystem functions. Through these integrated approaches, I strive to provide a holistic understanding of the environmental effects of anthropogenic disturbances.


2020 – Present : Postdoctoral fellow Faculty of Science USB, České Budějovice

2017-2020 : Postdoctoral Researcher at Washington State University, Puyallup, WA, USA

2013-2017 : Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, Israel

2010 - 2013 : Project manager. EID Méditerranée, Montpellier, France

2005 – 2010 : Graduate Student, Ph.D. Université de Bretagne, Rennes, France

2003 – 2004 : Graduate Student, MS University of Metz and Caen, France

2000 – 2003 : Research Technician. EID Méditerranée, Montpellier, France

1997 – 2000 : B.Sc. in Hydrobiology at Blaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand, France

Creative activity

Grants and fellowships

2020: US Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program (NTA ID: 2018-0354). $274,970

2016: Institutional Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, University of Haifa, Israel. NIS 61,700

2015: Postdoc fellowship 2nd year, University of Haifa, Israel. NIS 61,700

2014: Postdoc fellowship, University of Haifa, Israel. NIS 61,700

2010: Life+ environment project, European Commission. Grant for task monitoring of the non-intentional effects: €1,360,624


Duchet C., Hou F., Sinclair C. A., Tian Z., Kraft A., Kolar V., Kolodziej E.P., McIntyre J.K., Stark J.D. 2023. Neonicotinoid mixture alters trophic interactions in a freshwater aquatic invertebrate community. Science of the Total Environment 897: 165419.

Duchet C., Mitchell C.J., McIntyre J.K., Stark J.D. 2023. Chronic toxicity of three formulations of neonicotinoid insecticides and their mixture on two daphniid species: Daphnia magna and Ceriodaphnia dubia. Aquatic Toxicology 254 : 106351.

Tapkir S., Boukal D., Kalous L., Barto ň  D., Souza AT, Kolar V., Soukalov á K., Duchet C. , Gottwald M., Šmejkal M. 2022. Invasive gibel carp (Carassius gibelio) outperforms threatened native crucian carp (Carassius carassius) in growth rate and effectiveness of resource use: Field and experimental evidence. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 32 : 1901-1912.  

Duchet C. , Mukherjee S., Stein M., Spencer M., Blaustein L. 2020.  Effect of desiccation on mosquito oviposition site selection in Mediterranean temporary habitats . Ecological Entomology 45:498-513. doi:10.1111/een.12821

Rosenfeld S., Blaustein L., Kneitel J.,  Duchet C. , Horwitz R., Rybak O., Polevikov A., Rahav E. 2019.  The abundance and larval performance of  Aedes phoeniciae  in supralittoral rock-pools . Hydrobiology: 1-12.

Rosenfeld S., Porretta D., Rahav E., Mastrantonio V.,  Duchet C. , Blaustein L. 2018.  Molecular identification of  Aedes phoeniciae  (Diptera: Culicidae) in rockpools along the northern Israeli coast . Journal of Vector Ecology 43(2): 344-347.

Duchet C. , Moraru GM, Spencer M., Saurav K., Bertrand C., Fayolle S., Gershberg-Hayoon A., Shapir R., Steindler L, Blaustein L. 2018.  Pesticide-mediated trophic cascade creates ecological trap for mosquitoes . Ecosphere 9(4): e02179. 10.1002/ecs2.2179.

Duchet C. , Moraru GM, Segev O., Spencer M., Gershberg Hayoon A., Blaustein L. 2017.  Effect of flash flooding on mosquitoes and community dynamics in experimental pools . Journal of Vector Ecology 42(2): 254-263.

Stein M., Mukherjee S.,  Duchet C. , Moraru GM, Blaustein L. 2017.  Testing for intraspecific and interspecific competition between two anuran species:  Hyla savignyi  and  Bufotes viridis . Hydrobiology 795: 81–90.

Lagadic L., Roucaute M., Schäfer RB, Chouin S., de Maupeou J., Le Hunsec B.,  Duchet C. , Franquet E., Bertrand C., Fayolle S., Francès B., Rozier Y., Foussadier R., Santoni JB, Lagneau C. 2016.  No association between the use of Bti for mosquito control and the dynamics of non-target aquatic invertebrates in French coastal and continental wetlands . Science of the Total Environment 553: 486-494.

Duchet C., Franquet E., Lagadic L., Lagneau C. 2015. Effects of Bacillus thuringiensis serovar israelensis and spinosad on adult emergence of the non-biting midges Polypedilum nubifer (Skuse) and Tanytarsus curticornis Kieffer (Diptera: Chironomidae) in coastal wetlands. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 115: 272-278.

Duchet C., Tetreau G., Marie A., Rey D., Besnard G., Perrin Y., David J.-P., Lagneau C., Després L. and the DIBBECO Consortium. 2014. Persistence and recycling of bioinsecticidal Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis spores in contrasting environments: Evidence from field monitoring and laboratory experiments. Microbial Ecology 67(3): 576-586. DOI 10.1007/s00248-013-0360-7

Duchet C., Inafuku M. M., Larroque M., Franquet E., Lagneau C., Lagadic L., 2011. Chitobiase activity as an indicator of altered survival, growth and reproduction in Daphnia pulex and Daphnia magna (Crustacea: Cladocera) exposed to Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, spinosad and diflubenzuron. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 74: 800-810.

Duchet C., Coutellec M.-A., Franquet E., Lagneau C., Lagadic L., 2010. Population-level effects of spinosad and Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis in Daphnia pulex and Daphnia magna: comparison of laboratory and field microcosm exposure conditions. Ecotoxicology 19: 1224-1237. (Best publication Award SETAC Europe / AstraZeneca, Risk Assessment, Modelling and Theoretical Studies 2011)

Duchet C., Caquet T., Franquet E., Lagneau C., Lagadic L., 2010. Influence of environmental factors on the response of a natural population of Daphnia magna (Crustacea: Cladocera) to spinosad and Bacillus thruingiensis israelensis in Mediterranean coastal wetlands. Environmental Pollution 158: 1825-1833.

Duchet C., Larroque M., Caquet T., Franquet E., Lagneau C., Lagadic L., 2008. Effects of spinosad and Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis on a natural population of Daphnia pulex in field microcosms. Chemosphere 74: 70-77.

Carron A., Duchet C., Gaven B., Lagneau C., 2003. An easy field method for estimating the abundance of culicid larval instars. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 19 (4): 353-360. 

Invited Book Chapter

Boix D., Kneitel J., Duchet C., Robson B., Zúñiga L., Day J., Gascón S., Sala J., Quintana X., Blaustein L. Temporary ponds in Mediterranean climates. In: Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands: An international perspective on their ecology. Batzer D., Boix D. (Eds). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-24978-0_5

Duchet C. , Allan R., Carneval P. 2013.  Vector control: Some new paradigms and approaches . In: Anopheles mosquitoes - New insights into malaria vectors. Prof. Sylvie Manguin (Eds). InTech,  DOI: 10.5772/56258 .

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