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):

  • 9 March 2021 (Tuesday) 13h - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology- Jean-Pierre Vacher - Diversification and evolution of reproductive traits within an endemic frog genus of the Guiana Shield (in French)

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 the head of each team (or a representative) is required


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

  • 13/04/2021 - Movement, Abundance, Distribution
  • 11/05/2021 - Anthropised Systems Ecology
  • 08/06/2021 - Human-Animal InteRactions
  • 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


Past meetings:

  • 9 February 2021 (Tuesday) 13h - Nature, Conservation, Societies - Clara Poirier - Advantages of the concept of otherness as a tool for nature conservation in times of crisis (in French)
  • 12 January 2021 (Tuesday) 13h - Human-Animal InteRactions - Patricia Rodrigues  - Prospects for tropical forest biodiversity in the landscapes of southwestern Ethiopia (in  English)
  • 8 December (Tuesday) 13h - Anthropised Systems Ecology - Jonathan BONFANTI - Ecomorphosis in Collembola: an indicator of climate change? (in French with slides in English)
  • 3 novembre 2020 - 13h - Movement Abundance Distribution. Etienne Boncourt - Three-dimensional tracking of a Mediterranean seabird and collision risk with offshore wind farms (in French)
  • 6 October 2020 - 13h - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology. Emilie Boulanger. Environmental DNA reveals and unpacks a biodiversity conservation paradox in marine reserves (in French)
  • 8 September 2020 - 13h - Nature, Conservation, Societies. Virginie Maris. Maintaining evolutionary potential - an ambiguous objective to the conservation of biodiversity. (in French)
  • 2 June 2020 - 13h - Human-Animal InteRactions. Olivier Gimenez. Statistics for ecology and large carnivores. (in French)
  • 5 May 2020 - 13h30 - Anthropised Systems Ecology. Agnès Mechin. Operationalising tools based on scientific knowledge: the example of methods to evaluate compensatory measures. (in French)
  • 2 April 2020 - 13h30 - Movement, Abundance, Distribution. Victor Cazalis. Assessing protected areas effectiveness in conserving bird diversity in tropical forests using eBird data (in French)
  • 6 March 2020 - 14h15 - Vertebrate Biogeography and Ecology - Laura Benestan: Genomics and management of the fisheries of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) in Eastern Canada (in French).
  • 6 February 2020 - 13h - Nature, Conservation, Societies - Marine Fauche: To tame a scientific object. Philosophical view on a population reinforcement. (in French)
  • 14 January 2020 - 13h - Human-Animal InteRactions - Thibaut Couturier: Methodological support to the development of scientific operations within natural protected areas: a fruitful cooperation OFB-CEFE. (in French)