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• 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.
Large changes are occurring in the Earth’s climate and in the ocean’s physical characteristics and climate models project that these changes will continue into the next century. There is a pressing need to better understand and predict the ecological responses of present and future climate changes. Guiding conservation and management programs requires understanding of past and current population responses to climate change in order to obtain suitable forecasting models to predict future population responses.
Seabirds are good bio-indicator species of the ecological consequences of both climate and oceanographic changes because they are long-lived, upper trophic-level predators, that forage over very large spatial scales and therefore, integrate the environmental effect on the food web.
My goal is to link climate models to demographic models to study and predict the population responses to current and future climate change for a community of seabirds, “sentinel of climate change”. This requires a three steps approach.
(1) Monitoring and describing the ecology and demography of seabirds. To do so, I’m participating in long-term programs on several seabirds breeding colonies in the southern ocean from Antarctica to sub-tropical island.
(2) Understanding the population dynamics of seabirds and population responses to climate change.
(3) Projecting the population responses to future climate change using climate forecast models 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 seabird ecology, but with strong linkages to conservation biology, physical oceanography and climate modeling.