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29. Leclaire S, Jacob S, Greene LK, Dubay G & Drea CM. (2017) Social odors covary with bacterial   community in the anal secretions of wild meerkats. Scientific Reports

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28. Chatelain M*, Pessato A*, Frantz A, Gasparini J & Leclaire S. (2017) Do trace metals influence visual signals ? Effects of trace metals on iridescent and melanic feather colouration in the feral pigeon. Oikos (* co first-authors)

27. Bourret V, Lyall J, Frost S, Teillaud A, Smith C, Leclaire S, Fu J, Gandon S, Guérin J-L, Tiley L. (2017) Adaptation of avian influenza virus to a swine host. Virus Evolution

26. Leclaire S. (2017) Recognition of prey odor in wild meerkats. Chemoecology 27: 85-90

25. Leclaire S, Strandh M, Mardon J, Westerdahl H, Bonadonna B. (2017) Odour-based discrimination of similarity at the major histocompatibility complex in birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

24. Cunningham GB, Leclaire S, Toscani C & Bonadonna F (2017) Responses of king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) adults and chicks to two food-related odours. Journal of Avian Biology 48: 235-242

23. Chatelain M, Frantz A, Gasparini J & Leclaire S (2016) Experimental exposure to trace metals affects plumage bacterial community in the feral pigeon. Journal of Avian Biology 47: 521-529

22. Leclaire S, Bourret V, Blanchard P, de Franceschi C, Merkling T, Hatch SA & Danchin E (2015) Carotenoids increase immunity and sex-specifically affect color and redox homeostasis in a monochromatic seabird. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology  69: 1097-1111

21. Leclaire S, Czirják GA, Hammouda A & Gasparini J (2015) Feather bacterial load shapes the trade-off between preening and immunity in pigeons. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 60

20. Leclaire S, Menard S & Berry A (2015) Molecular characterization of Babesia and Cytauxzoon species in wild South-African meerkats. Parasitology 142: 543-548 pdf

19. Leclaire S*, van Dongen WFD*, Voccia S, Merkling T, Ducamp C, Hatch SA, Blanchard P, Danchin E & Wagner RH (2014) Preen secretions encode information on MHC similarity in certain sex-dyads in a monogamous seabird. Scientific Reports 4: 6920 (* co first-authors) pdf

18. Jacob S, Immer A, Leclaire S, Parthuisot N, Ducamp C, Espinasse G & Heeb P (2014) Uropygial gland size and composition vary according to experimentally modified microbiome in great tits. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 134 pdf

17. Leclaire S, Pierret P, Chatelain M & Gasparini J (2014) Feather bacterial load affects plumage condition, iridescent color and investment in preening in pigeons. Behavioral Ecology 25: 1192-1198 pdf

16. Leclaire S, Nielsen JF & Drea CM (2014) Bacterial communities in meerkat anal scent secretions vary with host sex, age, and group membership. Behavioral Ecology 25: 996-1004 pdf

15. Leclaire S & Faulkner CT (2014) Gastrointestinal parasites in relation to host traits and group factors in wild meerkats Suricata suricatta. Parasitology 14:925-933 pdf

14. Blévin P, Tartu S, Angelier F, Leclaire S, Bustnes JO, Moe B, Herzke D, Gabrielsen GW & Chastel O (2014) Integument colouration in relation to persistent organic pollutants and body condition in arctic breeding black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla). Science of the Total Environment 470-471: 248-254 pdf

13. Leclaire S, Blanchard P, White J, Hatch SA & Danchin E (2013) Symmetry of black wingtips is related to clutch size and integument coloration in black-legged kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla. The Auk 130: 541-547 pdf

12. van Dongen WFD, White J, Brandl HB, Moodley Y, Merkling T, Leclaire S, Blanchard P, Danchin E, Hatch SA & Wagner RH (2013) Age-related differences in the cloacal microbiota of a wild bird species. BMC Ecology 13: 11 pdf

11. Leclaire S, Nielsen JF, Sharp SP & Clutton-Brock TH (2013) Mating strategies in dominant meerkats: Evidence for extra-pair paternity in relation to genetic relatedness between pair mates. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26: 1499-1507 pdf

10. Leclaire S, Nielsen JF, Thavarajah NK, Manser M & Clutton-Brock TH (2013) Odour-based kin discrimination in the cooperatively breeding meerkat. Biology Letters 9: 20121054 pdf

9.  Merkling T, Leclaire S, Danchin E, Lhuillier E, Wagner RH, White J, Hatch SA & Blanchard P (2012) Food availability and offspring sex in a monogamous seabird: insights from an experimental approach. Behavioral Ecology 23: 751-758  pdf

8.  Leclaire S, Merkling T, Raynaud C, Mulard H, Bessière JM, Lhuillier E, Hatch SA & Danchin E (2012) Semiochemical compounds of preen secretion reflect genetic make-up in a seabird species. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 1185-1193 pdf

7.  Leclaire S, Bourret V, Wagner RH, Hatch SA, Helfenstein F, Chastel O & Danchin E (2011) Behavioral and physiological responses to male handicap in chick-rearing black-legged kittiwakes. Behavioral Ecology 22: 1156-1165 pdf

6.  Leclaire S, White J, Arnoux E, Faivre B, Vetter N, Hatch SA, & Danchin E (2011) Integument coloration reflects reproductive success, heterozygosity and antioxidant levels in Black-legged kittiwakes. Naturwissenschaften 98:773-782  pdf

5. Leclaire S, Merkling T, Raynaud C, Giacinti G, Bessière JM, Hatch SA & Danchin E (2011) An individual and a sex odor signature in kittiwakes? Study of the semiochemical composition of preen secretion and preen down feathers. Naturwissenschaften 98: 615-624  pdf

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4.  Leclaire S, Helfenstein F, Degeorges A, Wagner RH & Danchin E (2010) Family size and sex-specific parental care in Black-legged kittiwakes. Behaviour 147: 1841-1862 pdf

3.  White J, Leclaire S, Kriloff M, Mulard H, Hatch SA & Danchin E (2010) Sustained increase in food supplies reduce broodmate aggression in Black-legged kittiwakes. Animal Behaviour 79: 1095-1100 pdf

2.  Leclaire S, Mulard H, Hatch SA, Wagner RH & Danchin E (2009) Can kittiwakes smell? Experimental evidence in a larid species. Ibis 151: 584-587 pdf

1. Hazard D, Leclaire S, Couty M & Guémené D (2008). Genetic differences in coping strategies in response to prolonged and repeated restraint in Japanese quail divergently selected for long and short tonic immobility. Hormones and Behavior 54: 645-653 pdf


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- PhD thesis: “Sexual signals, mate choice and parental investment in the black-legged kittiwake”, Université de Toulouse, France pdf

- Master (M2R) thesis: “Regulation de la condition corporelle en fonction du cycle annuel chez le manchot royal”, Université de Strasbourg, France pdf

- Master (M1) thesis: “Observations comportementales sur un jeune couple d’anoas des plaines Bubalus depressicornis en captivité”, Museum d’Histoire Naturelle, France pdf

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