Assistant Professeur

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 CEFREM, Université de Perpignan

52, Av. Paul Alduy
66860, Perpignan cedex, France

Tel. 33 (0)4 68 66 2083

Fax 33 (0)6 86 62 78 25



"The time has come to replace the purely reductionist ‘eyes-down’ molecular perspective with a new and genuinely holistic, eyes-up, view of the living world, one whose primary focus is on evolution, emergence, and biology's innate complexity.” — Carl Woese (2004)

"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). 


28 publications dans des revues de rang A (h-index 21, i10-index 24)

1 livre et 2 chapitres de livre, 62 communications nationales ou internationales et 8 avec proceedings

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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 : applications in microbial ecotoxicology.

Study cases:

  • Structure and function of bacterial and archaeal communities as bioindicators of river aquatic ecosystems
  • Improving ecological restauration by developping biomarkers to study the physiological state of coastal fishes developing around port and marina areas


Teaching activities

  • BSc. Integrative Biology : Basic Ecology and Molécular Ecology and Evolution subjects 
  • Masters (MSc.) in Sustainaible development and Sea Science : Biostatistics, Conservation 


Publications (after 2008) 

  1. Carmen Palacios, Erik R. 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. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003853.
  1. 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.
  1. 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. doi:10.1007/s00248-009-9538-4.
  1. Linda Amaral-Zettler, Eric R. Zettler, Susanne M. Theroux, Carmen Palacios, Angeles Aguilera, et Ricardo Amils. Microbial community structure across the tree of life in the extreme Río Tinto. 2011 ISME J. (Nature group) 5(1):42-50. doi:10.1038/ismej.2010.101.
  1. Olivier Verneau, Carmen Palacios, Thomas Platt, Mathieu Alday, Elodie Billard, Jean Françoise Allienne, Cesar Basso, et Louis H. du Preez. Invasive species threat: Parasite phylogenetics reveals patterns and processes of host-switching between non-native and native captive freshwater turtles. 2011 Parasitology 138:1778-1792.
  1. 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.
  1. Leon Meyer, Louis H. Du Preez, Elodie Bonneau, Laurent Héritier, Mark Franch Quintana, Aitor Valdeón, Nadia Kechemir-Issad, Amel Sadaoui, Carmen Palacios et Olivier Verneau. Parasite host switching from the invasive American red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, to the native Mediterranean pond turtle, Mauremys leprosa, in natural environments. 2015 Aquatic Invasions 10(1): 79-91.
  1. 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.
  1. Brice Reoyo-Prats, Dominique Aubert, Christophe Menniti, Wolfgang Ludwig, Jennifer Sola, Mireille Pujo-Pay, Pascale Conan, Olivier Verneau, Carmen Palacios. Multicontamination phenomena occur more often than expected in Mediterranean coastal watercourses: Study case of the Têt River (France). 2017 Science of the Total Environment 579, 10–21. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.019.
  1. Laurent Héritier, Aitor Valdeón A, Amirah Sadaoui, Thomas Gendre, Sebastien Ficheux, S Bouamer, Nadia Kechemir-Issad, Louis Du Preez, Carmen Palacios, Olivier Verneau. Introduction and invasion of the red-eared slider and its parasites in freshwater ecosystems of Southern Europe: risk assessment for the European pond turtle in wild environments. 2017 Biodiversity and Conservation 26, 1817–1843. doi:10.1007/s10531-017-1331-y.
  1. Brice Reoyo-Prats, Dominique Aubert, Amélie Sellier, Benoit Roig, Carmen Palacios. Dynamics and sources of pharmaceutically active compounds in a coastal Mediterranean river during heavy rains. 2018 Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25(7): 6107–6121.
  1. Mégane Noyer, Brice Reoyo-Prats, Dominique Aubert, Marie Bernard, Olivier Verneau, Carmen Palacios. Particle-attached riverine bacteriome shifts in a pollutant-resistant and pathogenic community during a Mediterranean extreme storm event. 2020 Science of the Total Environment 732, 139047.
  2. Cébron Aurelie, Dimitrious G. Karpouzas, Fabrice Martin-Laurent, Soizic Morin, Carmen Palacios,Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen. 2022. Editorial: Microbial Ecotoxicology Advances to Improve Environmental and Human Health Under Global Change. Frontiers in Microbiology 13:870404.
  3. Noyer M., Bernard M., Verneau O., Palacios C.. Insights on the particle-attached riverine archaeal community shifts linked to seasons and to multipollution during a Mediterranean extreme storm event. 2023. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 30 (17), 49685-49702.
  4. Hellal J., Barthelmebs L., Bérard A., Cébron A.,  Cheloni G., Colas s., Cravo-Laureau C., De Clerck C.,  Gallois N., Hery M., Martin-Laurent F., Martins J.,  Morin S., Palacios C., Pesce S., Richaume A.,  Vuilleumier S. Unlocking secrets of microbial ecotoxicology: recent achievements and future challenges FEMS Microbiology Ecology 99 (10), fiad102.

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