Influence of Habitat on the Ecology and Physiology of the Spiny Toad (Bufo spinosus)
Anthropogenic activities are considered to be the main driver of current biodiversity loss. In this context, I am interested in how the agricultural environment can influence the ecology and physiology of wildlife. Amphibians are particularly well suited to explore these issues and I am working specifically on the spiny toad (Bufo spinosus) present in forested areas but also in highly degraded agricultural environments. To compare forest and agricultural populations, I use a wide range of markers to examine population structure (micro-satellite markers), feeding ecology (stable isotopes), individual quality (hormones, telomeres) and its impact on reproduction (fecundity, tadpole quality). This work takes place in the field (South Deux-Sèvres) and in the laboratory.
PhD student in the ECOPHY team- 2019 – 2022
PhD supervisors: François Brischoux & Frédéric Angelier
La Rochelle Doctoral School
Funding: Deux-Sèvres Departmental Council, New Aquitaine Region, Adour-Garonne Water Agency
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