François Pompanon is a professor at the 'Université Grenoble Alpes. Since January 2016 he has been Director of the Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine (LECA). His research activity aims to understand the mechanisms at the origin of biodiversité́ and its evolution through an environmental genomics approach, using recent developments in molecular biology (New Sequencing Techniques). He has been involved in the development of molecular markers to describe species diversity from environmental samples, including applications in diet characterization. He is currently developing projects to understand the evolutionary mechanisms underlying the adaptation and domestication process in small ruminants through sequencing of complete genomes.