Research Interests and experiences

Research Interests

Ecology of native and invasive invertebrates
Effects of environmental change on insect populations and communities
Biotic interactions involving ants
Role of species’ traits in determining ecological functions
Restoration ecology and Agroecology

My research focuses on the effects of environmental change on arthropod populations and communities and their restoration. I am particularly interested (i) in the role of invertebrates as ecosystem engineers and their use in restoration ecology, (ii) in the restoration of arthropod specific and functional diversity in agrosystems, and (iii) in the dynamics of invasive species and their effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Over the last few years....

Education and professional experience

2015- current : Assistant professor, Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale (UMR CNRS 7263 - IRD 237, Avignon University). Team : Restoration Ecology of Natural Environment.

2014– 2015 : Post-doctoral researcher : Laboratory of Ecology, Systematics and Evolution (Univ. Paris-Sud, France). Invasive ants and Global change. Grant : ANR Biodiversa. Supervisor : Dr Franck Courchamp.

2013– 2014 : Post-doctoral researcher : Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC), Sevilla, Spain. Personality in ants : colony performance and biological invasions. Grant : Fyssen foundation. Supervisor : Dr. Xim Cerdà.

2012–2013 : Teaching assistant : IMBE–UMR CNRS 7263 - IRD 237, university of Aix-Marseille.

2011 : Post-doctoral researcher : Understand the structure, composition and sensibility of ant communities in urban context. Grant : ANR (French National Research Agency) Green and Blue Infrastructures (IMBE–UMR CNRS 7263 - IRD 237, Marseille).

2007–2010 : PhD. Thesis IMBE–UMR CNRS 7263 - IRD 237, Aix Marseille university. « Extent and ecological consequences of the invasion of the Corsican coast by the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile, Mayr). » Supervisors : Dr J. Orgeas, Dr E. Provost.