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.

List of the students, postodcs, visitors and other young memebers of the department, with their photo and research theme.


Next meeting (by zoom):

  • 08 June 2021 (Tuesday) - 13h - Human-Animal InteRactions - A. Corbeau, T. Chambert, A. Besnard - The MAPE project : avian mortality in wind farms, a multi-partner research-action project

Our meetings include:

  • 15 mins – introduce new members and exchange information
  • 30 - 45 mins – scientific presentation (each month by one of the teams in the department) + discussion
  • 30 mins – administrative meeting where each team is represented


Future meetings : second Tuesday of each month  - 13h-14h30 - Grande Salle or Zoom

  • 14/09/2021 - Nature, Conservation, Societies
  • 12/10/2021 - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology
  • 09/11/2021 - Movement, Abundance, Distribution
  • 14/12/2021 - Anthropised Systems Ecology


Scientific presentations in past meetings:


  • 11 May - Anthropised Systems Ecology - Julia Centanni - Effect of urbanization on the ants Tapinoma nigerrimum complex in the greater Montpellier area and study of genetic structuring through landscape genetics
  • 13 april - Movement, Abundance, Distribution - Gustave Fradin - Resting behaviour in anthropised landscapes - wild boar as a case study
  • 9 March - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology- Jean-Pierre Vacher - Diversification and evolution of reproductive traits within an endemic frog genus of the Guiana Shield
  • 9 February - Nature, Conservation, Societies - Clara Poirier - Advantages of the concept of otherness as a tool for nature conservation in times of crisis 
  • 12 January - Human-Animal InteRactions - Patricia Rodrigues  - Prospects for tropical forest biodiversity in the landscapes of southwestern Ethiopia


  • 8 December - Anthropised Systems Ecology - Jonathan BONFANTI - Ecomorphosis in Collembola: an indicator of climate change?
  • 3 novembre - Movement Abundance Distribution. Etienne Boncourt - Three-dimensional tracking of a Mediterranean seabird and collision risk with offshore wind farms
  • 6 October - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology. Emilie Boulanger. Environmental DNA reveals and unpacks a biodiversity conservation paradox in marine reserves
  • 8 September - Nature, Conservation, Societies. Virginie Maris. Maintaining evolutionary potential - an ambiguous objective to the conservation of biodiversity. 
  • 2 June - Human-Animal InteRactions. Olivier Gimenez. Statistics for ecology and large carnivores.
  • 5 May - Anthropised Systems Ecology. Agnès Mechin. Operationalising tools based on scientific knowledge: the example of methods to evaluate compensatory measures. 
  • 2 April - Movement, Abundance, Distribution. Victor Cazalis. Assessing protected areas effectiveness in conserving bird diversity in tropical forests using eBird data
  • 6 March - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology - Laura Benestan: Genomics and management of the fisheries of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) in Eastern Canada
  • 6 February - Nature, Conservation, Societies - Marine Fauche: To tame a scientific object. Philosophical view on a population reinforcement.
  • 14 January - Human-Animal InteRactions - Thibaut Couturier: Methodological support to the development of scientific operations within natural protected areas: a fruitful cooperation OFB-CEFE