My research program focuses on understanding and predicting the effect of climate change on seabirds population, especially in the Southern Ocean.
Large changes in the Earth’s climate and ocean are already apparent and General Circulation Models of Earth's- Ocean climate project that these changes will continue into the next century. Seabirds are good bio-indicator species of the ecological consequences of climate and oceanographic changes because they are long-lived, upper trophic-level predators, and therefore, integrate the environmental effect on the food web at large spatial scales.
My goal is thus to link climate models to demographic models to study and predict the population responses to climate change for a community of seabirds, sentinel of climate change. This requires a three steps approach.
The first aim is monitoring and describing the ecology and demography of seabirds. To do so, I’m participating to long-term surveys of several seabirds breeding in the southern ocean from Antarctica to sub-tropical islands.
The second aim is to understand the seabirds population dynamics and population responses to climate change. To do so, I'm using mathematical models.
The third aim is to project the population responses to future climate change using climate forecasts developed in the assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
As such, my research is highly inter-disciplinary, centered in population dynamics and seabirds ecology, but with strong linkages to conservation biology, physical oceanography and climate modeling.
• PhD in Population Ecology, University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. 2001-2004. “Effects of climate variability on the population dynamics of an Antarctic seabird community.” supervised by Dr. H. Weimerskirch and Christophe Barbraud. Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Villiers en Bois, France. Members of the jury: Hal Caswell, Bernard Cazelles, Jean Clobert, John Croxall, Jean-Michel Gaillard, Henri Weimerskirch
• Master in Ecology, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. 2001-1999.
o “Biodiversity dynamics : study of the performance of the estimator of the temporal and spatial dynamics of biodiversity parameters taking into account the probability of detection.” supervised by Dr. T. Boulinier. Laboratoire d’Ecologie, UPMC, Paris, France. 2001- 2000.
o “Conservation of the golden eagle in the Mercantour National Park, France.” supervised by Dr. F. Sarazin. Laboratoire d’Ecologie, UPMC, Paris, France. 2000-1999.
• BSc of Science in Biology and Ecology, Univ. Paris-Sud, Orsay. 1999-1996.
o "Monitoring brown bears in the Pyrenees National Park, France : a statistical method to identify the individuals from their tracks”, supervised by J.J. Camarra and E. Corda. Office National de la Chasse, Pau and St Benoît, France. 1999.
o “ Monitoring population : the example of the brown bear in the Pyrenees National Park, France “, supervised by Dr. C. Berducou. Office National des Forêts, Pau, France. 1998.