ECOPHY

Ecophysiology and global changes

The Ecophy team studies how animals respond to environmental stressors (climate change, habitat degradation, pollution). To do this, physiology must be integrated. Indeed, the link between the environment (e.g. climate) and ecological responses (e.g. timing of reproduction) involves physiological processes, such as hormones. Hormones whose proper functioning can be altered by contaminants (endocrine disruptors). Another example: the study of energy requirements (metabolism) makes it possible to predict the future distribution of species in the context of climate change. Our laboratory experiments (manipulation of temperature, hygrometry, exposure to contaminants) are based on numerous devices (climatic and metabolic chambers), on the skills of the biological analysis service and are coupled with population monitoring in the field. The models (reptiles, amphibians and birds) cover the main metabolic orientations of vertebrates (ectothermic-endothermic), in various environments (temperate, tropical, polar).

How do vertebrates respond to environmental stressors?

By analysing stress hormones we measure the quality of the environment and reveal the vulnerability of species.

 
Loss of habitats

Impact of urbanization on sparrows

 
Ecotoxicology

What is the impact of pollutants on amphibians?

 
Physiology and adaptation

How will seabirds adapt to global changes in the Arctic?

 
Program

Amphibians and Reptiles: Sentinels of Agricultural Practices

 Presentation of ECOPHY in video

The team

Olivier Chastel

Director of Research CNRS

Frédéric Angelier

Director of Research CNRS

Coraline Bichet

Lecturer
La Rochelle University

Xavier Bonnet

Director of Research CNRS

François Brischoux

Resarch scientist CNRS

Pierre Legagneux

Director of Research CNRS

Olivier Lourdais

Resarch scientist CNRS

Bruno Michaud

Study Engineer CNRS

Students and Post-docs

Erika Beaugeard

PhD student

Chloé Chabaud

PhD student

Marion Cheron

PhD student

Sydney Hope

Post-Doctorant

William Jouanneau

PhD student

Lea Lange

PhD student

Jérémy Lemaire

PhD student

Bertille Mohring

PhD student

Louise Prouteau

PhD student

Mathhias Renoirt

PhD student

Manrico Sebastiano

Post-Doctorant