Welcome to the CEFE

The CEFE is currently the largest French research center in Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology. Our Mission: perform independent, fundamental scientific research on the dynamics of biodiversity, planetary environmental change, and sustainable development. The links between society and ecology is a theme of increasing importance in oour research.

If you are interested in who does what on a specific theme or topic at CEFE, please go to the WHO DOES WHAT tab and use the proposed tags. You will have direct access to the pages of the persons listed for a given tag.

If you are interested in what the different research Departments at cefe do and the focus of their respective teams, please go to the RESEARCH tab and navigate the Departments and their teams.

Seminars of ecology and evolution of Montpellier

  • Hanna Kokko

    2 juillet 2021, 11h30 (diffusion en visioconférence). Good reasons to live shorter lives

  • Rachel Germain

    25 juin 2021, 16h00 (diffusion en visioconférence). Matters of scale in the ecology and evolution of biodiversity

Sylvain COQ

altMaître de conférence


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Mes travaux de recherche portent sur divers aspects de l'écologie fonctionnelle du système sol-plantes-herbivores, en particulier:
- le processus de décomposition de la matière organique
- les stratégies des plantes, et en particulier le rôle des composés secondaires produits par les plantes.
- les impacts fonctionnels de l'herbivorie
- les rôles de la faune du sol et des champignons mycorhiziens
Mes activités d'enseignements sont principalement centrées sur l'écologie et la biologie des organismes, notamment la botanique. Je suis particulièrement investi dans la formation des futurs enseignants.

Pour me contacter:

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Adresse actuelle: Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE - CNRS)

1919, route de Mende, F - 34293 Montpellier Cedex 5, France.

Tel: +33(0)4 61 67 32 41


J'effectue actuellement mes enseignements au sein de l'Université Montpellier, où j'interviens principalement dans les filières de préparation au concours de l'enseignement. Je suis en particulier co-responsable du parcours Agrégation du master 2 BEE. Je suis également responsable d'une UE d'Ecologie fonctionnelle (L2).
J'enseigne principalement l'écologie et la biologie des organismes, végétaux ou animaux, avec un fort intérêt pour l'enseignement de terrain.


  • Joly F.X., Coq S., Coulis M., David J.F, Hättenschwiler S., Mueller C.W., Prater I., Subke J. A. (2020) Litter conversion into detritivore faeces: the highway to decomposition. Communications Biology

  • Coq S, Nahmani J, Kazakou E, Fromin N, David JF (2020). Do litter feeding macroarthropods disrupt cascading effects of land use on microbial decomposer activity? Basic and Applied Ecology. 46: 24-34

  • Coq S. & Ibanez S. (2019) Soil fauna contribution to winter decomposition in subalpine grasslands. Soil organisms 91 (3): 107 - 112

  • Meinard Y., Coq S., Schmid B. (2019). The vagueness of "biodiversity" and its implications in practice. In : Casetta, E., Marques da Silva, J., Vecchi, D. From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity. Conceptual and Practical Challenges. Springer.

  • Arnoldi JF., Coq S., Kéfi S., Ibanez S (2019). Positive plant-soil feedbacks trigger tannin evolution by niche construction: a spatial stoichiometric model. Journal of Ecology.

  • Hättenschwiler S. , Sun T, Coq S (2019). The chitin connection of polyphenols and its ecosystem consequences. New Phytologist (2019) 223: 5–7

  • Hättenschwiler S, Barantal S, Ganault P, Gillespie L, Coq S. (2018) Quels enjeux sont associés à biodiversité des sols ? Innovations Agronomiques , 69 , 1-14

  • Coq S, Nahmani J, Resmond R., Segrestin J., David JF, Schevin P., Kazakou E (2018). Intraspecific variation in litter palatability to macroarthropods in response to grazing and soil fertility. Functional Ecology, 32, 2615 - 2624.

  • Joly FX, Coq S., Coulis M., Nahmani J., Hättenschwiler S. Litter conversion into detritivore faeces reshuffles the quality control over C and N dynamics during decomposition. Functional Ecology, 32, 2605 - 2614.

  • Gripp A., Francisco de Assis E., Carneiro L., Dettogni Guariento R., Figueiredo-Barros M.P., Coq S., Milcu A., Caliman A. (2018) Weak to no effects of litter standing stocks on the decomposition of litter mixtures in a tropical restinga ecosystem. Pedobiologia - Journal of Soil Ecology, 68, 20-23, doi: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2018.02.003

  • Bumb I., Garnier E., Coq S., Nahmani J., Del Rey Granado M., Kazakou E. (2018) Traits and the digestibility-decomposability relationships in species from Mediterranean rangelands. Annals of Botany, 121 (3), 459–469. doi 10.1093/aob/mcx175

  • Erktan A., Balmot J., Mérino-Martin L., Monnier Y., Pailler F., Coq S., Abiven S., Stokes A., Le Bissonnais Y (2017). Immediate and long-term effect of tannins on the stabilization of Mediterranean soil aggregates. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 105, 197-205

  • Coulis, M., Hättenschwiler, S., Coq, S. and David J.F., 2016. Leaf litter consumption by macroarthropods and burial of their faeces enhance decomposition in a mediterranean ecosystem. Ecosystems 19: 1104. doi:10.1007/s10021-016-9990

  • Meinard, Y., Coq, S., Schmid, B. (2014) A constructivist approach towards a general definition of biodiversity. Ethics, policy and environment, 17 (1), pp 88-104

  • Ibanez, S., Bernard, L., Coq, S., Moretti, M., Lavorel, S., Gallet, C. (2013), Herbivory differentially alters litter dynamics of two functionally contrasted grasses. Functional Ecology, 27 (4). doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12094

  • Coq S, Weigel J, Bonal D, Hättenschwiler S, 2012. Litter mixture effects on tropical tree seedling growth - a greenhouse experiment. Plant BIology, 14, pp 630 - 640. DOI: 10.1111/j.1438-8677.2011.00534.x

  • Coq S, Weigel J, Butenschoen O, Bonal D, Hättenschwiler S, 2011. Litter composition rather than plant presence affects decomposition of tropical litter mixtures. Plant and soil, 343, pp 273–286 Doi: 10.1007/s11104‐011‐0717‐y

  • Hättenschwiler S., Coq S, Barantal S., Handa T, 2010. Leaf traits and decomposition in tropical rainforests: revisiting some commonly held views and towards a new hypothesis. New phytologist, doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03483.x.

  • Tarascou I, Souquet JM, Mazauric JP, Carrillo S, Coq S, Canon F, Fulcrand H, Cheynier V, 2010. The hidden face of food phenolic compounds. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 501 (1)

  • Coq S, Souquet JM, Meudec E, Cheynier V, Hättenschwiler S, 2010. Leaf litter tannins drive decomposition and control animal consumption in a humid tropical forest in French Guiana. Ecology, 91

  • Coulis M, Hättenschwiler S, Rapior S, Coq S. 2009. Litter consumption by soil macrofauna and the fate of condensed tannins. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 41, pp. 2573-2578.

  • Coq, S.; Barthes, B.; Oliver, R.; Rabary, B.; Blanchart, E, 2007. Earthworm activity affects soil aggregation and organic matter dynamics according to the quality and localization of crop residues-An experimental study (Madagascar). Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 39 (8), pp. 2119-2128