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    Senior Researcher (Directrice de recherche 2) CNRS

    My research lies at the interface between ecology and biological conservation, with the study of spatial biodiversity patterns as the unifying theme. Main current interests: large-scale conservation priorities; evolutionary community models; historical human footprint on biodiversity, with a focus on marine mammals.

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  • Aurélie COULON


    Associate Professor in spatial ecology at the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle                                                                                                                                                        

    My research focuses on movement ecology: I study the factors influencing animal movements (especially dispersal) and gene flow, with a particular emphasis on landscape composition and structure. I also study how human-triggered landscape modifications like fragmentation affect animal movements; and the consequences on population functioning and structure. My research is hence tightly linked to the management/conservation of populations, and to landscape management (e.g. connectivity restoration, french Trame Verte et Bleue policy).

  • Aurélien BESNARD

    altLecturer / Maître de Conférences

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    Campus du CNRS
    1919, route de Mende
    34293 Montpellier 5

    Tél. :     +33 (0)4 67 61 32 94
    Fax      :+33 (0)4 67 41 21 38

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    Keywords:Biostatistics; Conservation biology; Amphibians; Birds, Reptiles, Quantitative ecology; Population Dynamics and Demography, Sampling designs.


  • Claudine MONTGELARD

    Maitre de Conférence (EPHE)

    Campus du CNRS
    1919, route de Mende
    34293 Montpellier 5

     tél : 33 (0)4 67 61 33 04
     fax: 33 (0)4 67 41 21 38

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    Mes thèmes de recherche concernent la phylogénie, la phylogéographie et l'évolution moléculaire à partir de l'analyse des séquences de gènes mitochondriaux et nucléaires. L’objectif est de répondre, à l’aide de l’outil moléculaire, à des questions de biodiversité et systématique évolutive à l’échelle des vertébrés (mammifères, amphibiens et reptiles). Je m’intéresse aussi à l’échelle temporelle (datations moléculaires) des différents niveaux de diversifications ce qui permet de confronter les inférences moléculaires avec les données morphologiques, paléontologiques et biogéographiques.

  • Jean-Yves BARNAGAUD

    CEFE- RDC, Aile B, bureau 3


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    For master students : your applications are welcome. 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 2023, I will supervise Msc students (M2) on landscape ecology and ecoacoustics. My preference will be directed towards students with good records in ecology and acoustics, 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. My main active axes of research include :  

    - the influence of landscape and habitat on the distributions of birds and 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. See the MALPOLONdatabase.

    - 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. See the LANDBIOproject (2022 - 2023, OFB - french ministry of ecology)

    - Ecoacoustics and community ecology. I am currently starting projects on the relationship between bird community composition and the characteristics of acoustic landscapes at multiple spatial and temporal scales, in order to explore the acoustic environment in which species interact and its changes with current land-use and climatic dynamics. See the ACOUCENEproject (2022 - 2025, FRB/CESAB)




    Most of my interactions with biodiversity stakeholders are focused on data analysis to answer questions relative to the monitoring of human impacts on biodiversity at a regional or landscape scale.

    - Influence of management practices on waterbirds. I investigate the impact of water management practices on the temporal dynamics of waterbird species (collaborations with the Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux). 

    - 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.


  • Marc CHEYLAN

    altMaitre de conférence (EPHE)

    Campus du CNRS
    1919, route de Mende
    34293 Montpellier 5

    tél : +33 4 67 61 32 61
    fax: +33 4 67 41 21 38

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    Mots clés : Conservation, Biogéographie, région méditerranéenne, Reptiles, Ecologie des populations, Phylogéographie.

  • Thierry CHAMBERT

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    Postdoctoral Researcher

    My research interests lie at the interface between population dynamics, quantitative ecology, conservation and life history evolution. I mostly focus on empirical work, on wild animal populations, but I also do some methodological development and a bit of theoretical work.