Dynamics and Conservation of Biodiversity


The aim of the department is to understand and to predict the dynamics of ecological systems and of biodiversity, in relation with human activities. Our work covers multiple levels of organisation (from individuals to socio-ecosystems), at a diversity of spatial scales (from local to global), aiming to produce interdisciplinary and pluridisciplinary studies at the interface between ecology and social and human sciences, and often applied to the management and conservation of species and ecosystems. Our research often builds from long-term projects, with a strong investment in modeling and field experimentation.

The department is headed by Ana RODRIGUES and structured into five teams:

If the teams are the functional units of the department, most of our research goes beyond the perimeter of each team, as evidenced by a good number of collaborations across teams. The subjects that keep us busy can be grouped into four thematic transversal axes: protected areas, anthropized ecosystems, individual movement, and the relationships between humans and nature.


Departmental meetings:

Our monthly meetings take place in the Grande Salle, each one including:

  • 15 mins – introduce new members and exchange information
  • 30 mins – scientific presentation (each month by one of the teams in the department) + discussion
  • 30 mins – administrative meeting where the head of each team (or a representative) is required

Meetings in 2020 (Grande Salle du CEFE):

  • 14 January (Tuesday) 13h - Humain-Animal InteRactions - Thibaut Couturier: Methodological support to the development of scientific operations within natural protected areas: a fruitful cooperation OFB-CEFE. (in French)

  • 6 February (Thursday) 13h - Nature, Conservation, Societies - Marine Fauche: To tame a scientific object. Philosophical view on a population reinforcement. (in French)

  • 6 March (Friday) 14h15 - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology - Laura Benestan: Genomics and management of the fisheries of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) in Eastern Canada (in French).

  • 2 April (Thursday) 13h30 - Movement, Abundance, Distribution. Victor Cazalis. Assessing protected areas effectiveness in conserving bird diversity in tropical forests using eBird data

  • 5 May (Tuesday) 13h30 - Anthropised Systems Ecology. Agnès Mechin. Operationalising tools based on scientific knowledge: the example of methods to evaluate compensatory measures.

  • 2 June (Tuesday) 13h - Humain-Animal InteRactions. Olivier Gimenez. Statistics for ecology and large carnivores.

  • 8 September (Tuesday) 13h - Nature, Conservation, Societies
  • 6 October (Tuesday) 13h - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology
  • 8 December (Tuesday) 13h - Anthropised Systems Ecology