Maitre de conférences

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 CEFREM, Université de Perpignan

Bat R 58, Av. Paul Alduy
66860, Perpignan cedex, France

Tel. 33 (0)4 68 66 2083

Fax 33 (0)6 86 62 78 25




"Sanity cannot exist in an isolated pocket that conveniently denies the presence of the rest of the world. True sanity must face and embrace the insanity of today's world and, in the process, offer to the temporarily insane a new awareness and a pathway to achieve harmony." Bruce H. Lipton and Steve Bhaerman (2009) Spontaneous evolution: our positive future (and a way to get there from here). 

Research interests

Patterns and processes of microbial evolutionary ecology: Understanding environmental factors shaping microbial community patterns. 

Influence of global changes on geoecosystems functioning in a land-ocean continuum : anthropological impacts and ecosystems vulnerability.

Study cases:

Microbial ecological diversity and functions of sunken woods in marine environments

Structure and function of bacterial and archaeal communities as bioindicators of river aquatic ecosystems

European fresh water turtles, Mauremys leprosa and Emys orbicularis as key species of Mediterranean fresh water ecosystems


Undergradute Biology and Ecology courses

Master in Sustainable Development and Molecular Ecology

Publications (after 2005) 

 David L. Kysela, Carmen Palacios et Mitchell L. Sogin, Serial Analysis of V6 ribosomal sequence tags (SARST-V6): A method for efficient, high-throughput analysis of microbial community composition, 2005 Environmental Microbiology 7: 356-364,

 Carmen Palacios, Magali Zbinden, Amy R. Baco, Tina Treude, Craig R. Smith, Françoise Gaill, Philippe Lebaron et Antje Boetius, Microbial ecology of deep-sea sunken woods: achieving quantitative measurements of bacterial biomass et cellulolytic activities, 2006 Cahiers de Biologie Marine 47: 415-420

 Marie Pailleret, Nima Saedlou,Carmen Palacios, Magali Zbinden, Philippe Lebaron, Françoise Gaill, Catherine Privé-Gill, Identification of natural sunken wood samples, 2007 ComptesRendusPalevol 6 : 463-468               

 Carmen Palacios, Erik Zettler, Ricardo Amils et Linda Amaral Zettler, Contrasting microbial community assembly hypotheses: a reconciling tale from the Río Tinto, 2008 PLOS One 3(12): e3853.

 Jean François Ghiglione, Carmen Palacios, Jean Claude Marty, Genevieve Mevel, Celine Labrune, Pascal Conan, Mireille Pujo-Pay, et Madeleine Goutx. Role of environmental factors for the vertical distribution (0–1000 m) of marine bacterial communities in the NW Mediterranean Sea, 2008 Biogeosciences 5: 1751-1764

 Carmen Palacios, Magali Zbinden, Marie Pailleret, Françoise Gaill et Philippe Lebaron, Highly similar prokaryotic communities of sunken wood at shallow and deep-sea sites across the oceans, 2009 Microbial ecology 58: 737-752

 Linda Amaral-Zettler, Eric R. Zettler, Susanne M. Theroux, Carmen Palacios, Angeles Aguilera, Ricardo Amils, Microbial community structure across the tree of life in the extreme Río Tinto, 2011 ISME J. Nature group 5(1):42-50.

 Olivier Verneau, Carmen Palacios, Thomas Platt, Mathieu Alday, E. Billard, Jean Françoise Allienne, C. Basso, Louis H. du Preez, Invasive species threat: Parasite phylogenetics reveals patterns and processes of host-switchingbetween non-native and native captive freshwater turtles, 2011 Parasitology 138:1778-1792.

 Sonja K. Fagervold, Pierre E. Galand, Magali Zbinden, Françoise Gaill, Philippe Lebaron, et Carmen Palacios, Sunken woods on the ocean floor provide diverse specialized habitats for microbes, 2012 FEMS Microbial Ecologie 82: 616-628.

Meyer, L., L. Du Preez, E. Bonneau, L. Héritier, M. Franch Quintana, A. Valdeón, N. Kechemir-Issad, A. Sadaoui, Carmen Palacios and O. Verneau. Parasite host switching from the invasive American red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, to the native Mediterranean pond turtle, Mauremys leprosa, in southern Europe, 2015 Aquatic Invasions 10(1): 79-91                                                                      

Carmen Palacios, Cristina Urrutia, Nikolai Knapp, Marc Franch Quintana, Albert Bertolero, Gael Simon, Louis H. Du Preez, et Olivier Verneau. Demographic structure and genetic diversity of Mauremys leprosa in its northern range reveal new populations and a mixed origin. 2015 Salamandra 51(3): 221-230.

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