Recent publications

Authors: M. Montévil; M. Bizzarri
Book Chapter, In Press
Authors: M. Montévil; M. Mossio; M. Silberstein
Book Chapter, 2017
Authors: M. Montévil; G. Longo; A. Soto; T. Gaudin; D. Lacroix; M.C. Maurel; J.C. Pomerol
Book Chapter, In Press
Authors: G. Longo; M. Montévil; T. Gaudin; D. Lacroix; M.C. Maurel; J.C. Pomerol
Book Chapter, In Press
Authors: M. Montévil; C. Sonnenschein; A.M. Soto
Journal Article, 2016

Maël Montévil's research page

Investigations in theoretical biology

Biological temporality

Proposing new structures for biological temporalities

During my Ph.D., I contributed to a framework for biological rhythms. The idea is to represent a specific kind of biological rhythms with a supplementary temporal dimension, a circle. This framework articulates several empirical aspects of these rhythms (allometry, development, and evolution). Last but not least, it can be used for medical diagnosis.

Bailly, F., Longo, G., & Montévil, M.. (2011). A 2-dimensional geometry for biological time. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 106, 474 - 484. doi:10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2011.02.001

Another aspect of biological time is the elementary "memory" and "anticipation" that living organisms perform. We also proposed a framework for this aspect of biological temporality.

A chapter in french recapitulates these two ideas.

Montévil, M.. (2012). Géométrie du temps biologique : rythmes et protension. In A. bonnet, Nicolas, F., & Paul, T. (Eds.), Questions de phrasé. presented at the 01/2012, ENS, Paris: Hermann. Retrieved from

Analysis of existing models

Recently, Jean Gayon and I worked on the notions of repetition and (ir)reversibility in models of population genetics. We emphasize the difference between being able to come back to a preceding state and the notion of time reversibility (T-symmetry). The latter is valid for classical mechanics but does not hold for the very classical models of population genetics that we analyzed.

Gayon, J., & Montévil, M.. (In Press). Repetition and Reversibility in Evolution: Theoretical Population Genetics. In C. Bouton & Huneman, P. (Eds.), Time in nature and the nature of time. Springer.