I’m a CNRS senior scientist at CEFE working at the interface of animal ecology, statistical modeling and social sciences. With students and colleagues, we focus on questions in ecology with the impact of climate change and human pressures on population dynamics and in conservation biology with the management of large mammals. I’ve recently become interested in human-wildlife interactions and how interdisciplinary approaches may contribute to the coexistence of humans and animals.
If you’d like to work with us, feel free to contact me. Also, check out this paper which gives the spirit of how we enjoy doing research.
Julie Louvrier (PhD 2015-2018) is evaluating and developing occupancy models for assessing the distribution of large carnivores in Europe (wolf, lynx). This is joint work with Christophe Duchamp and Eric Marboutin from ONCFS (France) and John Linnell from NINA (Norway).
Gilles Maurer (PhD 2015-2018) is studying the interactions between the wild and semi-captive pools of Asian elephants within an interdisciplinary framework (demography, economy, ethno-ecology, population genetics) – check out the NGO ElefantAsia. This is joint work with Baptiste Mulot from Beauval Nature, Finn Kjellberg and Nicolas Lescureux from CEFE.
Nina Santostasi (PhD 2016-2019) is developing demographic models for studying hybridizing species. As case studies, she’s considering dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth in Greece (with Giovanni Bearzi and Silvia Bonizzoni from Dolphin Biology and Conservation) and wolves in Italy (with Paolo Ciucci from University of Rome - La Sapienza).
Hélène Labach (PhD 2016-2019) from GIS3M is working on the conservation of bottlenose dolphins in the North-Western Mediterranean Sea. Her work relies on the data collected through the GDEGeM project.
Lorena Mansilla (PhD 2016-2019) is developing demographic tools for social species with wolves, dolphins and elephant seals as case studies. She is using spatially-explicit capture-recapture models, social networks, cluster analyses and integrated population models.
Tamar Lok (post-doc 2015-2017) is developing integrated population models that combine colour-banding, tracking and count data to assess within- and between-individual variation in different aspects of migratory behaviour of the Eurasian Spoonbill and the Red Knot.
Loreleï Guéry (post-doc 2016-2018) is studying the dynamics of lynx populations in Switzerland using spatially-explicit capture-recapture models. This is joint work with Fridolin Zimmermann from KORA.
Vincenzo Gervasi (post-doc 2017-2019) is using an interdisciplinary approach to understand coexistence patterns and build trans-boundary management tools for coexistence between large carnivores and human activities in Europe. This is joint work with John Linnell from NINA (Norway) and Luigi Boitani from University of Rome - La Sapienza.
Valentin Lauret (intern 2017) co-supervised with Julie Louvrier is working on the distribution of wolves in France trying to account for species misidentification. This is joint work with Christophe Duchamp and Eric Marboutin from ONCFS (France).
Marianne Coste (intern 2017) co-supervised with Nicolas Lescureux from CEFE is studying the public perception of interactions between humans and dolphins.
Guillaume Chero (intern 2017) co-supervised with Claire Garrigue from IRD and Roger Pradel is estimating the interval between two births in whales using capture-recapture models.
Blaise Piédallu - PhD (2013-2016) an integrated approach for managing human-wildlife conflicts with the Pyrenean brown bear population as a case study (joint work with Pierre-Yves Quenette from ONCFS).
Laetitia Blanc - PhD (2012-2016), ATER (2016) Conservation of lynx in France using spatially-explicit individual-based models (joint work with Stephanie Kramer-Schadt from IZW and Eric Marboutin from ONCFS).
Paméla Lagrange - PhD (2011-2015) Drivers of survival and dispersal in Tree Swallows using capture-recapture data (joint work with Marc Bélisle at Sherbrooke). Pam is having some vacation while exploring post-doc opportunities in parallel.
Julien Papaïx - Post-doc (2014) - Impact of global change on the population dynamics of Atlantic salmons (joint work with Etienne Prévost). Now a permanent researcher at INRA.
Fitsum Abadi - Post-doc (2012) - Integrated population modelling. Post-doc in SA, lecturer in SA, now assistant professor in the US, New Mexico State University.
Guillaume Péron - Post-doc (2010) - Spatial heterogeneity in Eurasian woodcock survival. Post-doc in the US, contractual researcher with ONCFS and French National Parks, post-doc in the US, now a permanent researcher at CNRS.
Sabrina Servanty - Post-doc (2008-2009) - Dynamic of exploited populations with wild boar as a case study. Post-doc in the US, now in St-Pée/Nivelle on the Côte Basque.
Elena Papadatou - Post-doc (2009) - Environmental variation and population dynamics of bats. Environmental expert in Greece.
Marlène Gamelon - PhD (2011-2013) - Environmental variation and reproduction tactics (joint work with Jean-Michel Gaillard and Eric Baubet). Post-doc in Norway.
Lucile Marescot - PhD (2010-2012) - Modelling the recolonization of wolves in France (joint work with Eric Marboutin and Guillaume Chapron). Post-doc in NZ and the US, now post-doc in Germany.
Sarah Cubaynes - PhD (2009-2011) - Capture-recapture mixed models (joint work with Christian Lavergne). Post-doc in Oxford, post-doc with us, now assistant professor in France, Montpellier University.
Mathieu Buoro - PhD (2010-2012) - Evolutionary ecology in the wild using mark-recapture data in Atlantic salmons (joint work with Etienne Prévost). Post-doc at Berkeley, then in Toulouse. Now a permanent researcher at INRA.
François Guilhaumon - PhD (2008-2010) - Analysis of biodiversity patterns at large scale and conservation biogeography (joint work with David Mouillot). Now a permanent researcher at IRD.
A list of my former Master students is available here.
Our report (in French) on foresighting wolf population dynamic in France is available from here. My contribution was mostly based on the work of my present or former students, including L. Marescot, J. Louvrier and S. Cubaynes.
We held our annual 5-day capture-recapture workshop in Montpellier. As always, the attendees had challenging questions and stimulating datasets to analyse! Looking forward to next year.
Isabelle Arpin, a sociologist from Grenoble, organised a 2-day seminar on interdisciplinarity. The idea was for the participants to share their experience in practicing interdisciplinarity.
Newman, K.B., S.T. Buckland, B.J.T. Morgan, R. King, D.L. Borchers, D.J. Cole, P. Besbeas, O. Gimenez and L. Thomas (2014). Modelling Population Dynamics - Model Formulation, Fitting and Assessment using State-Space Methods. Springer.
King, R., B.J.T. Morgan, O. Gimenez, S.P. Brooks (2009). Bayesian Analysis of Population Ecology. CRC Press.
Morrissey, M.B., P. de Villemereuil, B. Doligez and O. Gimenez (2014). Bayesian approaches to the quantitative genetic analysis of natural populations. In Quantitative Genetics in the Wild, Editors: A. Charmantier, D. Garant, and L.E.B. Kruuk. Oxford University Press, pages 228-253.
Grosbois V. and O. Gimenez (2010). Capture-mark-recapture models. In Effects of Climate Change on Birds, Editors: A.P. Moller, W. Fiedler and P. Berthold, Oxford University Press, pages 39-46.
Lebreton, J.-D., E. Klein, O. Gimenez and F. Rousset (2010). Statistiques pour la biologie évolutive. In Biologie Evolutive, Editors: Thomas F, Lefèvre T & Raymond M. De Boeck Editions, pages 33-48.
Rouan L., S. Cubaynes, C. Duchamp, C. Miquel, A.-.M. Reboulet, O. Gimenez, J.-D. Lebreton, R. Choquet and R. Pradel (2010). Modèles de mélange en capture-recapture. In Modèles à variables latentes et modèles de mélange, Editors: G. Saporta, J.J. Droesbeke and C. Thomas-Agnan, Editions Technip, pages 265-272.