Spatial Population Ecology

We are interested in studying the ecological responses of individuals, populations and communities to environmental variability..

More specifically, we explore to which extent spatial and temporal variability of the environment may affect dispersal or habitat selection, intra or interspecific communication, sexual selection, cooperation, local interactions between species and extinction/colonization dynamics in landscapes. Conspecifics are a key component of the environment and we study their role as potential mates or as a source of information on habitat quality.

To tackle these questions, we combine different approaches like field observations or field experiments, analyses of long-term data, modelling, lab analyses (immunological analyses, analyses of colour or sounds, molecular biology). We use various biological models including passerines, seabirds, fish or butterflies.

Some of our scientific questions have implications in conservation biology (dynamics of fragmented populations, protected marine areas, landscape fragmentation, urban ecology), but also in eco-pidemiology (spatial dimension of host-parasite interactions).

You can find us at the end of the B corridor, on the 2nd floor.