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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:
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:
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: