Dr. Benjamin Pelissie

Assistant Professor

Office: BHS 201A   |    Phone: (308) 865-8713   |    Email: pelissieb@unk.edu

Dr. Benjamin Pelissie



Areas of interest:

  • Evolutionary biology
  • Population biology
  • Evolutionary genomics
  • Entomology


  • B.S. (2005) - University of Toulouse, France
  • M.S. (2007) - University of Montpellier, France
  • PhD. (2010) - University of Montpellier, France

Professional Affiliations:

  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Entomological Society of America

Dissertations and Thesis:

  • Pélissié B.  2010.  Sexual selection and hermaphroditism: quantitative empirical approach in the freshwater gastropod Physa acuta.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Montpellier University, Montpellier, France.  255 pp.
  • Pélissié B.  2007.  Does host-parasite relationship played a role in the ecological speciation of two sibling species of the Ostrinia genus? Phylogenetic approach and interaction physiology.  M.S. Thesis, Montpellier University, Montpellier, France.  43 pp.
  • Pélissié B.  2006.  Macrocentrus cingulum parasitism in host races of the genus Ostrinia: is corn an “enemy-free-space”?  University of Toulouse III, Toulouse, France.  35 pp.


  • Pélissié, B., Chen, Y. C., Cohen, Z.P., Crossley, M.S., Hawthorne, D.J., Izzo, V., and Schoville, S.D.  2022.  Genome resequencing reveals rapid, repeated evolution in the Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata. Molecular Biology and Evolution  DOI:  10.1093/molbev/msac016
  • Crossley, M., Cohen, Z., Pélissié, B., Rondon, S.I., Alyokhin, A., Chen, Y.C., Hawthorne, D., Schoville, S.D.  2022.  Limiting a superpest: Ecological and evolutionary factors mitigating Colorado potato beetle adaptation to insecticides.  In: Insect Pests of Potato: Global Perspectives on Biology and Management, 2nd edition. Academic Press.  ISBN-13: 9780128212370 
  • Chapuis, M-P., Pélissié, B., Piou, C., Chardonnet, F., Pagès, C., Foucart, A., Chapuis, E., Jourdan-Pinneau, H.  2021.  Additive genetic variance for traits least related to fitness increases with environmental stress in the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria.  Evolutionary ecology  DOI: 10.1002/ece3.8099 
  • Bonel, N., Noël, E., Janicke, T., Sartori, K., Chapuis, E., Ségard, A., Meconcelli, S., Pélissié, B., Sarda, V., and David, P.  2018.  Asymmetric evolutionary responses to sex-specific selection in a hermaphrodite.  Evolution 72(10): 2181-2201.
  • Pélissié, B., Crossley, M.S., Cohen, Z., and Schoville, S.D.  2018.  Rapid evolution in insect pests: the importance of space and time in population genomics studies.  Current Opinion in Insect Science 26: 8-16.
  • Crossley, M. S., Cohen, Z., Pélissié, B., and Schoville, S.D.  2017.  Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) observed feeding on Chamaesaracha sp. in eastern Colorado.  The Great Lakes Entomologist 50: 93-97.
  • Pélissié, B., Chapuis, M-P., Pagès, C., and Piou, C.  2016.  Extra molting and selection on nymphal growth in the desert locust.  Plos One 11(5): e0155736.
  • Noël, E., Chemtob, Y., Jänicke, T., Sarda, V., Pélissié, B., Jarne, P., and David, P.  2016.  Reduced mate availability leads to evolution of self-fertilization and purging of inbreeding depression in a hermaphrodite. Evolution 70(3): 625-40.
  • Auld, J. R., Jarne, P., Sarda, V., Jourdan-Pineau, H., Lamy, T., Pélissié, B., and David, P.  2014.  Evaluating the contributions of change in investment and change in efficiency to age-related declines in male and female reproduction.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 27: 1837-1848.
  • Pélissié, B., Jarne, P., and David, P.  2014.  Disentangling precopulatory and postcopulatory sexual selection in polyandrous species.  Evolution 5: 1320–1331.
  • Maeno, O. K., Piou, C., Ould, Ely, S., Babah, O.A.M., Pélissié, B., Mohamed, O.S., Jaavar, E.H.M., Etheimine, M., and Nakamura, S.  2013.  Plant size-dependent escaping behavior of gregarious nymphs of the Desert Locust, Schistocerca gregariaJournal of Insect Behavior 26: 623–633.
  • Pélissié, B., Ponsard, S., Bourguet, D., and Kergoat, G. J.  2012.  Phylogenetics and population genetics of the Eurasian parasitoid Macrocentrus cingulum based on mitochondrial and nuclear loci.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 145: 1–14.
  • Pélissié, B., Jarne, P., and David, P.  2012.  Sexual selection without sexual dimorphism: Bateman Gradients in a simultaneous hermaphrodite.  Evolution 66: 66-81.
  • Anthes, N., David, P., Auld, J. R., Hoffer, J. N.A., Jarne, P., Koene, J. M., Kokko, H., Lorenzi, M.C., Pélissié, B., Sprenger, D., Staikou, A., and Schärer, L.  2010.  Bateman gradients in hermaphrodites: an extended approach to quantify sexual selection.  American Naturalist 176: 249-263.
  • Pélissié, B., Ponsard, S., Tokarev, Y. S., Audiot, P., Pélissier, P., Sabatier, R., Meusnier, S., Chaufaux, J., Delos, M., Campan, E., Malysh, J. M., Frolov, A.N., and Bourguet, D.  2010.  Did the introduction of maize into Europe provide enemy-free space to Ostrinia nubilalis? Parasitism differences between two sibling species of the genus Ostrinia.  Journal of Evolutionary Biology 23: 350-361.
  • Malausa, T., Pélissié, B., Piveteau, V., Pélissier, C., Bourguet, D., and Ponsard, S.  2007.  Differences in oviposition behaviour of two sympatric sibling species of the Ostrinia genus.  Bulletin of Entomological Research 98: 193-201.