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Research teams


Our research teams all share the same conceptual framework, i.e. against a context of global changes, they look at resource allocation/acquisition and population biology from a conservation perspective. While one team mainly targets adaptation mechanisms (Ecophy), another one focuses on climate change in the marine environment  (Marine predators), and a third team works on land use changes and biodiversity conservation (Biodiversity).


The Ecophy team

This team works on the comparative exploration of the impact of environmental variables on vertebrates, using three main approaches:


  • a trans-model approach that studies ectothermic (reptiles and in particular squamata) and endothermic animals (birds), to develop an extensive ecophysiological perspective,

  • an approach over time that studies proximal mechanisms throughout an individual’s entire development, from embryo to adult life, to better understand environmental impact, before then after birth, on an individual’s reproduction and survival,

  • and lastly, a trans-generational approach that incorporates the possibilities of parental regulation of environmental effects on offspring via parental care, and more generally maternal effects.


The marine predators team

This team explores the consequences of climate and ocean variability on resource distribution and on the demographics of marine predators, and structures its research programmes around two main priorities:


  • the influence of climate change on marine populations and ecosystems,

  • the importance of the various top marine predator populations’ capacity to adjust to predicted environmental changes in a given marine ecosystem.


To do so, the team takes an original approach focused on long-term individual monitoring (demographics, biometrics, ecology at sea) of some twenty species of birds and marine mammals, in order to understand populations and ecosystems.


The biodiversity team

This team explores mechanisms through which environmental variations (including anthropogenic factors) affect demographic parameters and spatial distribution of certain predators and herbivores, and integrates these results in order to model the effects of environmental variations on the population dynamics of these species.


To achieve this, the research programme is structured around three main priorities:   


  • resource acquisition strategies at an individual level and their influence on reproductive success,

  • individual behaviour and distribution and their influence on population regulation mechanisms,

  • forecasting global changes for species management in systems exposed to human intervention, by coupling individual and population models.



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