Camille Turlure



   Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
   Phone: +3210479173
   Office: Carnoy building, room c.143


   Member of Quantitative Conservation Biology:



The main objective of my PhD thesis was to define what makes up the habitat from a butterfly’s point of view. Using five peat bog butterfly species as model organisms (i.e. Lycaena helle, L. hippothoe, Boloria aquilonaris, B. eunomia & B. selene), we found evidence that the habitat definition based on resources is the most relevant definition. It allows delineating functional habitat area and defining habitat quality with higher relevance than the usual habitat definitions.

In 2009-2010, I was involved in the SCALES research project as postdoc and I was particularly interested in studying butterfly mobility, dispersal and population viability. The objectives were 1) to analyse butterfly movement paths recorded on several populations of B. eunomia and B. aquilonaris in the Belgian Ardenne, 2) to compare measures of landscape connectivity (euclidian and least cost distances for instance) to genetic distances between populations, 3) in order to evaluate functional connectivity in the studied landscape.

In 2011-2014, I was postdoctoral researcher (F.R.S.-FNRS) at UCL. My research objectives were 1) to include both habitat quality and functional connectivity in population-based viability analysis models for the two butterfly species, B. eunomia and B. aquilonaris (by combining results from my thesis and from the study of landscape connectivity), and 2) to evaluate to what extent the models can be validated across both temporal and spatial scales. This project is still ongoing with Quentin Dubois’ phD project intitled “The impact of landscape connectivity changes on the genetic and demographic spatiotemporal dynamics of metapopulations of Boloria aquilonaris in Belgium and neighbouring countries”. More details about this project:

In 2014-2015, I was postdoctoral Researcher at CNRS (France). The aim of my research within the INDHET project (ANR project, “INDividual HETerogeneity in dispersal and metapopulation dynamics”) was to improve our understanding of dispersal by investigating the inter-individual context- and condition-dependent variation in dispersal decisions using the large white butterfly Pieris brassicae as model species. More specifically, the objectives were to assess 1) how traits related to mobility are associated in syndromes and 2) how phenotypic variations may be generated by genetic factors, environmental factors, and by the influence of environmental factors on genetic expression (i.e. reaction norm).
Currently, I am postdoctoral researcher (F.R.S.-FNRS) at UCL. I am involved in the research project entitled “Dispersal behavior”. With this project, we will use a behavioral approach to study butterfly dispersal relative to landscape structure and composition, integrating sensory ecology in an experimental way. 

Currently, I am postdoctoral researcher (F.R.S.-FNRS) at UCL. I am involved in the research project entitled “Dispersal behavior”. With this project, we will use a behavioral approach to study butterfly dispersal relative to landscape structure and composition, integrating sensory ecology in an experimental way 


  • Restoration ecology (LBOE2141) 2011-2013

Professional record

June 2001: Degree in Life Sciences, Institut Catholique de Lille, Faculté Libre des Sciences (France)
June 2002: BSc in Organismal Biology, Institut Catholique de Lille, Faculté Libre des Sciences (France)
June 2003: MSc in Population and Ecosystem Biology, Institut Catholique de Lille, Faculté Libre des Sciences (France)
September 2004: MSc in Biology, orientation ecology, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
September 2006: Postgraduate qualification in Biology (DEA), Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
May 2009: PhD in Biological Sciences (FRIA grant), Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
2009-2010 : Post doc at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris (SCALES projet: Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales)
2010-2014: Postdoctoral Researcher (FRS-FNRS) at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), project title: "Testing reliability and transferability of Population Viability Analysis Models: a crucial step to provide both widely applicable and efficient biodiversity conservation guidelines”
2014-2015 : Associate Researcher at the Station d’Ecologie Expérimentale du CNRS de Moulis (France), ANR project INDHET: “INDividual HETerogeneity in dispersal and metapopulation dynamics”
2015-current : Postdoctoral Researcher (FRS-FNRS) at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium), PDR project title: "Dispersal behavior”



in press

  • Lebigre C., Turlure C. & Schtickzelle N. (in press) Characterisation of sixteen additional polymorphic microsatellite loci for the currently spreading but locally rare butterfly Brenthis ino (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). European Journal of Entomology


  • Turlure C., Vandewoestijne S. & Baguette M. (2014) Conservation genetics of a threatened butterfly: comparison of allozymes, RAPD and microsatellites. BMC Genetics, 15, 114
  • Pavoine S., Baguette M., Stevens V.M., Leibold M.A., Turlure C. & Bonsall M.B. (2014) Life-history traits, but not phylogeny, drive compositional patterns in a butterfly metacommunity. Ecology, 95, 3304–3313
  • Turlure C., Van Dyck H., Goffart P. & Schtickzelle N. (2014) Resource-based habitat use in Lycaena helle: significance of a functional, ecological niche-oriented approach. Pp 67-85 in: Habel J.C., Meyer M. & Schmitt T. Jewels in the mist - A synopsis on the endangered Violet Copper butterfly Lycaena helle. Pensoft Press.
  • Legrand D., Chaput-Bardy A., Turlure C., Dubois Q., Huet M., Schtickzelle N., Stevens V. & Baguette M. (2014) Isolation and characterization of 15 microsatellite loci in the specialist butterfly Boloria eunomia. Conservation Genetics Resources, 6, 223-227.
  • Radchuk V., Johst K., Groeneveld J., Turlure C., Grimm V. & Schtickzelle N. (2014) Appropriate time scale for population viability analysis: insights from butterfly metapopulation simulations. Biological Conservation, 169, 345-354.


  • Pe’er G., Matsinos Y.G., Johst K., Franz K.W., Turlure C., Radchuk V., Malinowska A.H., Curtis J.M.R., Naujokaitis-Lewis I., Wintle B. & Henle K. (2013) A protocol for better design, application and communication of population viability analyses. Conservation Biology, 27, 644–656.
  • Baguette M., Blanchet S., Legrand D., Stevens V.M. & Turlure C. (2013) Individual dispersal, landscape connectivity and ecological networks. Biological Reviews, 88, 310-326.
  • Clotuche G., Turlure C., Mailleux A-C., Detrain C. & Hance T. (2013) Should I lay or should I wait? The role of conspecific cues in egg-laying decision on a silk weaving mite Tetranychus urticae. Behavioural Processes, 92, 24-30.
  • Radchuk V., Turlure C. & Schtickzelle N. (2013) Each life stage matters: the importance of assessing the response to climate change over the complete life cycle in butterflies. Journal of Animal Ecology, 82, 275-285.
    [featured in the In Focus section of this issue]
  • Turlure C., Radchuk V., Baguette M., Meirjink M., WallisDeVries M. & Van Duinen G-J. (2013) Plant quality and local adaptation undermine relocation in a bog specialist butterfly. Ecology and Evolution, 3, 244-254.


  • Schtickzelle N., Turlure C. & Baguette M. (2012) Temporal variation in dispersal kernels of the bog fritillary butterfly (Boloria eunomia). Pp 231-239 in: Clobert J., Baguette M., Benton T. & Bullock T. Dispersal Ecology and Evolution. Oxford University Press.
  • Vandewoestijne S., Turlure C. & Baguette M. (2012) Development of novel microsatellite markers in a specialist Lepidoptera species, Boloria aquilonaris (Nymphalidae) based on 454 sequences. European Journal of Entomology, 109(1), 129–134.
  • Bonte D., Van Dyck H., Bullock J., Coulon A., Delgado M., Gibbs M., Lehouck V., Matthysen E., Mustin K., Saastamoinen M., Schtickzelle N., Stevens V., Vandewoestijne S., Baguette M., Barton K., Benton T.G., Chaput-Bardy A., Clobert J., Dytham C., Hovestadt T., Meier C, Palmer S., Turlure C. & Travis J. (2012) Costs of dispersal. Biological Reviews, 87, 290-312.


  • Choutt J., Turlure C., Baguette M. & Schtickzelle N. (2011) Parasitism cost of living in a high quality habitat in the bog fritillary butterfly. Biodiversity & Conservation, 20, 3117-3131.
  • Turlure C., Baguette M., Stevens V. & Maes D. (2011) Species- and sex-specific adjustments of movement behavior to landscape heterogeneity in butterflies. Behavioral Ecology, 22, 967–975.
  • Vandevelde L., Turlure C. & Van Dyck H. (2011) Body temperature and territory selection by males of the speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria): what makes a forest sunlit patch a rendezvous site? Ecological Entomology, 36(21), 161-169.
  • Turlure C., Radchuk V., Baguette M., Van Dyck H. & Schtickzelle N. (2011) On the significance of structural vegetation elements for caterpillar thermoregulation in two peat bog butterflies: Boloria eunomia and B. aquilonaris. Journal of Thermal Biology, 36, 173-180.


  • Stevens V., Turlure C. & Baguette M. (2010) A meta-analysis of dispersal in butterflies. Biological Reviews, 85(3), 625-642.
  • Turlure C., Choutt J., Van Dyck H., Baguette M. & Schtickzelle N. (2010) Functional habitat area as a reliable proxy for population size: case study using two butterfly species of conservation concern. Journal of Insect Conservation, 14, 379-388.
  • Turlure C. (2010) Une nouvelle définition du concept d’habitat : Quelles implications pour la gestion en faveur de deux papillons des tourbières et prairies humides en Ardenne ? Echos des réserves, 8, 2-5
  • Turlure C., Choutt J., Baguette M,. & Van Dyck H. (2010) Microclimatic buffering and resource-based habitat in a glacial relict butterfly: significance for conservation under climate change. Global Change Biology, 16, 1883-1893.
  • Turlure C., Schtickzelle N. & Baguette M. (2010) Resource grain scales mobility and adult morphology in butterflies. Landscape Ecology, 25, 95-108.
  • Goffart P., Schtickzelle N. & Turlure C. (2010) Conservation and management of the habitats of two relict butterflies in the Belgian Ardenne: Proclossiana eunomia and Lycaena helle. Pp. 357-372 in: Habel, J.C. & Assmann, T. Relict Species – Phylogeography and conservation biology. Springer


  • Turlure C. & Van Dyck H. (2009) On the consequences of agressive male mate locating behaviour and microclimate for female host plant use in the butterfly Lycaena hippothoe. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 63, 1581-1591.
  • Turlure C., Van Dyck H., Schtickzelle N. & Baguette M. (2009) Resource-based habitat definition, niche overlap and conservation of two sympatric glacial relict butterflies. Oikos, 118, 950-960.


  • Schtickzelle N., Turlure C. & Baguette M. (2007) Grazing management impacts on the viability of the threatened bog fritillary butterfly Proclossiana eunomia. Biological Conservation, 136, 651-660.


  • Mériguet B., Zagatti P., Turlure C. & Boilly O. (2003) Forêt Régionale de Ferrières (Communes de Bussy-Saint-Georges, Chelles, Collégien, Croissy-Beaubourg, Emerainville, Favières, Ferrières-en-Brie, Jossigny, Pontault-Combault, Pontcarré, Roissy-en-Brie, Vaires-sur-Marne, Villeneuve-Saint-Denis) (Seine-et-Marne) : Inventaire entomologique. AEV-OPIE, 44p.
| 11/06/2015 |