The Alpine Marmot Project

Welcome to the Alpine Marmot Project

Pierre Dupont


PhD – Université Claude-Bernard – Lyon1 2013 – 2017



The Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) has a particular social structure based on family groups. Each family group is typically composed of a single dominant adult couple, a variable number of subordinate adults of both sexes (individuals of two years or more), juveniles of one year and pups. All members of a family group share the same territory. Only the dominant pair reproduces and subordinate individuals are involved in rearing the youngs (Allainé & Theuriau 2004). The composition of the group will therefore influence the future of its members.

My PhD project has two goals:

1) Find the factors that will affect the dynamic of each social group through the estimation of vital rates (fecundity, survival) in relation with the characteristics of social groups.

2) Find the contribution of the different social groups in the overall population dynamics.


French Ministry of Education and Research grant (2013 – 2016)


Dupont P., Allainé D., Cohas A., Pradel R. (2017) Testing determinants of the annual individual fitness: An overall mean mixture model for de‐lifing data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9:668-680. pdf

Berger V., Lemaître JF., Dupont P., Allainé D., Gaillard JM. and Cohas A. (2016) Age-specific survival in the socially monogamous alpine marmot (Marmota marmota): evidence of senescence. Journal of Mammalogy, 97:992–1000. pdf

Bichet C., Sauzet S., Averty L., Dupont P., Ferrandiz-Rovira M., Ferrari C., Figueroa I., Tafani M., Rézouki C., López BC., and Cohas, A. (2016) Multiple geographic origins and high genetic differentiation of the Alpine marmots reintroduced in the Pyrenees. Conservation Genetics, 17: 1157–1169. pdf


Dupont P. (2017) The Influence of sociality on population dynamics in the Alpine Marmot. Thèse de doctorat. Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon. pdf