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


CEFE- RDC, Aile B, bureau 3


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For master students : your applications are very welcome. Note that I am trying to mentor a maximum of 2 students per year in order to warrant my implication in your projects. I am therefore unlikely to accept applications outside a project that I have advertised myself, without fundings, or without a clear match with one of my research interests. Therefore, please read cautiously the description of my research below before getting in touch, and join a letter explaining precisely which of my projects is of highest interest to you and why. In 2022, I will supervise two Msc students (M2), with projects on island bird biogeography and vertebrate road casualties. My preference will be directed towards students with good records in ecology and biodiversity management, with a strong interest for statistical data analysis. Projects will be released between july and october 2022.


My research is focused on a comparative exploration of the role of multiple environmental drivers in shaping species distributions and diversity at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Most of my research is structured on the combined use of ecoinformatics methods (statistical analysis of large data sets) and naturalist expertise to understand empirical patterns of community composition in space and time.   

- Composition and diversity of insular avifaunas. I use a framework based on ecological traits to understand the relative influences of landscape structure, habitat, and exotic species in shaping the current structure of bird communities on oceanic islands. 

- Influence of landscape and habitat on the distributions of mediterranean reptiles. Relying on opportunistic data from the regional participative database Malpolon, maintained  by the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes since the 1980's, I investigate the determinants of spatial patterns in reptile distributions and diversity along regional gradients of climate, land use and land abandonment.

- Interacting imprints of climate change and land use on biodiversity. Using multiple taxa and scales, I investigate how species' responses to historical and present land use change interact with their responses to climate change. 




Most of my interactions with biodiversity stakeholders are focused on data analysis to answer questions relative to the monitoring of human impacts on biodiversity.

- Influence of management practices on waterbirds. In collaboration with the natural reserve of Hyères saltpans, I investigate the impact of water management practices on the temporal dynamics of waterbird species. 

- Faunistic road casualties. I work with the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux and the CEREMA to explain and predict spatial patterns in road casualites. We exploit jointly multiple sources of protocoled, non-protocoled and citizen science data to identify mortality hotspots and explanatory factors, with the final aim to inform public policies on the mitigation of traffic impact on vertebrates. 



Most of my teaching activity is embedded within the program of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes.

- Data analysis for ecologist : a three-weeks course dedicated to biodiversity stakeholders, framed on the practical use of statistical methods and the R software in ecological monitoring. 

- Methods for ecological monitoring : a two-weeks course with Aurélien Besnard, mainly dedicated to master students and biodiversity stakeholders, to improve their skills and critical thinking in advanced numerical methods for ecology, including species distribution modeling, population dynamics, sampling design and analysis of diversity indices.

- Environmental changes and ecological science : I contribute to several courses on global changes and environmental monitoring. My teaching is focused on the interactions between science and society through several lenses including epistemology and governance / spatial planning.


Read more: Jean-Yves BARNAGAUD



Maître de Conférences (CNU 64-65), Université de Nîmes
CEFE, 2ème étage, Aile B, Bureau 209

Campus du CNRS
1919, route de Mende
34293 Montpellier cedex 5

Tél : +33/0 4 67 61 33 17



Keywords : Marine Mammals - Chemical Ecology  - Sensory Perception - Electrophysiology

Read more: Sylvia CAMPAGNA



Maître de Conférences à l'Université Montpellier II

rencontre nocturne


Campus du CNRS

1919, route de Mende
34293 Montpellier cedex 5

Tél : +33/0 4 67 61 33 17
Fax : +33/0 4 67 61 33 36

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Read more: Aurélie CELERIER