·  Publications


16. Leclaire S, Nielsen J & Drea CM. Bacterial communities in meerkat anal scent secretions vary with host sex, age, and group membership. Behavioral Ecology


15. Leclaire S & Faulkner CT (2014) Gastrointestinal parasites in relation to host traits and group factors in wild meerkats Suricata suricatta. Parasitology LINK


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



· Submitted


Leclaire S, Bourret V, Blanchard P, Merkling T, Hatch SA & Danchin E. Sex differences in carotenoid allocation to color and antioxidant functions in kittiwakes: insights from a lutein supplementation study.


Jacob S, Immer A, Leclaire S, Parthuisot N, Ducamp C, Espinasse G & Heeb P. Sex-specific uropygial gland investment in response to experimentally modified microbiome in great tits.


Leclaire S, Pierret P, Chatelain M & Gasparini J.  Feather bacterial load affects plumage condition, iridescent color and investment in preening in pigeons.



· Reports

- 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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