The laboratory at the Centre d'Études Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC) - the Chizé Centre for Biological Studies - belongs to the Institut Ecologie et Environnement (INEE), department of the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research). The research laboratory is located in the Deux-Sèvres, 30 km south of Niort in the Chizé state forest. Research at the CEBC focuses on understanding the ecology of wild animals in their natural environment. The CEBC has a staff of around sixty people, comprised of some thirty tenured researchers, engineers and technical staff assisted by about thirty students.
Interdisciplinary research on the ecology and evolution of vertebrates in natural and modified environments
The research programmes study the effects of time and space variations in available resources, in particular due to global climate change and anthropogenic activities (agriculture, fisheries etc.), on vertebrate populations and communities. This research is wholly aimed at sustainable management of natural resources and at biodiversity conservation.
The researchers study various species of mammals, birds and reptiles, either locally on 30 000 hectares of cereal plains or bred in the Centre’s 10 hectares of forest, or on more remote sites such as in Africa, the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Centre studies top marine predators in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAFF).
The Centre is actively involved in conservation programmes and the management of protected areas and endangered species in general. One major research programme in particular looks at the consequences of agricultural intensification on biodiversity in cereal plains.
A training centre for ecological research
As well as training Masters and Ph.D. research students, the laboratory provides academic education through internships for around 600 students a year. The centre has suitable facilities and sophisticated analysis equipment, allowing students to attend lectures and perform lab work on the actual research programmes currently underway at CEBC.