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Research experience


  • 2020-to present. Postdoctoral Scholar. UC Davis, CNPRC, Bales Lab. Research funded by the Fyssen Foundation.
  • 2018-2019. 1 year. Temporary asociate professor. Caen University. Laboratoire Ethos.sepia officinalis
  • 2014-2017. 3 years. PhD-Thesis. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Emmanuelle Pouydebatand Fabienne Aujard). The determinants of physical performance and personality and their transmission in a small primate (Microcebus murinus): influence of morphology, life history, environmental context and genetics.
  • 2014. 4 months. Master 2. Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Emmanuelle Pouydebat). Personality in the captive grey mouse lemurlemur catta
  • 2013. 4 months. Master 2. Deutsches Primaten Zentrum à Madagascar (Cornelia Kraus). Personality comparison of two Cheirogaleid species
  • 2012. 4 months. Master 1. Laboratoire de Biométrie évolutive de Lyon (Aurélie Cohas). Meta-analysis of post reproductive lifespan
  • 2011. 8 weeks. Bachelor. Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien de Strasbourg (Odile Petit). Study of cooperation in Lemur catta


  • Zablocki-Thomas P, Lailvaux S, Aujard F, Pouydebat E, Herrel A. 2021. Maternal and genetic correlations between morphology and physical performance traits in a small captive primate, Microcebus murinus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 134:28–39. DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/blab071.

  • Zablocki-thomas, P. B., & Boulinguez-ambroise, G. (2021). Exploring the behavioral reactions to a mirror in the nocturnal grey mouse lemur : sex differences in avoidance. PeerJ, 9, 1–17.

  • Aguenounon, G. S., Ballesta, S., Beaud, A., Bustamante, L., Canteloup, C., Joly, M., … & Zablocki-Thomas, P. (2020). ManyPrimates: une infrastructure de collaboration internationale dans la recherche en cognition des primates. Revue de primatologie, (11).
  • Zablocki-thomas, P. B., Herrel, A., Karanewsky, C. J., Aujard, F., & Pouydebat, E. (2019). Heritability and genetic correlations of personality , life history and morphology in the grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). Royal Society Open Science, 10(6).

  • Berthelot, G., Bar-Hen, A., Marck, A., Foulonneau, V., Douady, S., Noirez, P., Zablocki‐Thomas, P., da Silva Antero J., Carter , Di Meglio J. M. & Toussaint, J. F. (2019). An integrative modeling approach to the age-performance relationship in mammals at the cellular scale. Scientific reports, 9(1), 418.
  • Boulinguez‐Ambroise, G., Zablocki‐Thomas, P. , Aujard, F. , Herrel, A. and Pouydebat, E. (2019), Ontogeny of food grasping in mouse lemurs: behavior, morphology and performance. J Zool. doi:1111/jzo.12652
  • Zablocki-Thomas, P.B., Herrel, A., Rabardel, L., Perret, M., Cover ECEAujard, F. & Pouydebat, E. (2018) Personality and performance are affected by age and early life parameters in a small primate. Ecology and Evolution. (pdf)

  • Zablocki-Thomas P. B., Karanewsky C. J. , Pendleton J. L. , Aujard F., Pouydebat E.,  Herrel A. Drivers of in vivo bite performance in wild brown mouse lemurs and a comparison with the grey mouse lemur. J. Zool. doi: 10.1111/jzo.12550
  • Le Brazidec, M., Herrel, A., Thomas, P., Grégoire, B.A., Aujard, F. & Pouydebat, E. (2017) How Aging Affects Grasping Behavior and Pull Strength in Captive Gray Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus murinus). International Journal of Primatology, 38, 1120–1129.

  • Thomas, P. B., A. Herrel, I. Hardy, F. Aujard, and E. Pouydebat. 2016. Exploration Behavior and Morphology are Correlated in Captive Gray Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus murinus ). Int. J. Primatol. 37:405–415.First page
  • Thomas, P. B., E. Pouydebat, M. Le Brazidec, F. Aujard, and A. Herrel. 2015. Determinants of pull strength in captive grey mouse lemurs. J. Zool. 298:77–81.
  • Thomas, P. B., E. Pouydebat, I. Hardy, F. Aujard, C. F. Ross, and A. Herrel. 2015. Sexual dimorphism in bite force in the grey mouse lemur. J. Zool. 296:133–138.
  • Thomas, P. B. 2013. The post-reproductive lifespan: evolutionary perspectives . Biosci. Master Rev. 1–9. (pdf)


  • Grant “Bourse tremplin de la société francophone de primatology” (October, 2015) : 800 € mobility grant for a field study (October, 2016) in Madagascar (Ranomafana, Centre Valbio). In vivo bite force measurements in the brown mouse lemur (M. rufus)
  • Fyssen Postdoctoral allocation  2019 – 2 years of postdoctoral funding


  • French (mother tongue), English (fluent), Ÿ  Spanish (Good), ŸGerman and Malagasy (notions).
  • Informatics Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, R studio, Mendeley
  • Statistics – R software (regressions, mixed models, ACP, animal model)
  • Molecular and cellular biology  Ÿ- Bases
  • Animal experimentation  Ÿ- Mouse lemurs (Microcebus sp.) (wild and captive) – Titi monkeys (Plecturocebus cupreus)- bird manipulation
  • Field work – Madagascar (lemurs behaviour), France (bird tagging)
  • English writing
  • Team leading –Ÿ Heading of the organisation of the Young researchers in Natural History scientists’ Meeting, 2016 (3rd YNHM)


  • Teacher in Biology / Geology classes at school (french “Agrégation SV-STU” diploma)
  • Teaching in master 1 and bachelor degree in Psychology and Statistics


Most recent meeting presentations:

  • Pauline B. Zablocki-Thomas, Logan Savidge, Lynea Witzack, Karen Bales. Neural correlates of jealousy and cognitive flexibility in female titi monkeys. Postdoctoral Research Sympousim, Davis, March 18th, 2022.
  • Pauline B. Zablocki-Thomas, Nancy Rebout, Karen L. Bales. Survival rates of titi monkeys at the California National Primate Research Center. American Society or Primatologists, Oklahoma City, November 17th-21st, 2021.
  • Pauline Zablocki-Thomas, Karen Bales. Analyse par imagerie fonctionnelle de la jalousie chez le singe titi (Callicebus cupreus). In French. Société Francophone de Primatologie. Parc de Branféré, Le Guerno, France. October 2d-5th ; 2019,
  • Pauline Zablocki-Thomas, Léanna Tessonneau, Christelle Jozet-Alves. Détecter et Éviter les prédateurs chez la seiche (Sepia officinalis) : quel(s) côté(s) choisir ? Poster. Société Française de Comportment Animal. Lille, France. July 11th-14th, 2019.
  • Pauline Thomas, Isabelle Hardy, Anthony Herrel, Fabienne Aujard, Emmanuelle Pouydebat. Super grip strength performance in a small primate (Microcebus murinus): influence of morphology, age, sex and environmental context. Oral. European congress of Primatology, Strasbourg, France. 21-25 August 2017.
  • Pauline Thomas, Isabelle Hardy, Anthony Herrel, Fabienne Aujard, Emmanuelle Pouydebat. Heritability of phenotypic traits: are performance, behavior and life history transmitted equally? Estoril, Portugal Behaviour congress, August 1st-4th, 2017.

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