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Taught academic discipline(s)

Conservation Biology
Molecular ecology

Research topics

My main research activity focuses on the study of animal interactions in natural and agricultural ecosystems as well as the development of new molecular tools to the assessment and conservation of biodiversity.

Current projets:

Increasing the Multifunctionality of Agroecosystems by Harnessing fOod webs

The IMAgHO project aims at harnessing naturally occurring trophic interactions to maximise regulatory services in agroecosystems. This strategy has the potential to maintain and even increase crop productivity while reducing chemical input.
Project leader
Projet funded by an ANR-PRC grant (November 2018 to October 2022)

Mécanismes d’interactions Insectes Microorganismes: une Opportunité pour la Sécurité Alimentaire

The MIMOSA project  aims to characterize the nature and dynamics of insect microbiote communities through environmental genomics approaches. This knowledge will allow developping innovative agricultural strategies for pest control and preservation of beneficial organisms.
Associate investigator
Projet funded by a Centre Val de Loire Regional grant (October 2019 - October 2021)

Activities / Resume

  • Since September 2017 — Professor at Tours University, Institut de Recherche sur le Biologie de l'Insecte UMR 7261

  • December 2016 to July 2017 — Associate Professor  at UNITEC Institute of Technology (New Zealand).
    Animal interactions in natural and agricultural systems, development of new molecular tools to the assessment and conservation of biodiversity

  • March 2015 to November 2016 — Senior Lecturer  at UNITEC Institute of Technology (New Zealand).

  • February 2011 to February 2015 — Lecturer in Ecology at Lincoln University (New Zealand).
    Ecology et bio-systematic of New Zealand native earthworms, Ecological Restoration of opencast mining areas

  • November 2007 to January 2010 — Postdoctoral fellow at Lincoln University, Bio-Protection Research Centre (New Zealand).
    Ecology et bio-systematic of New Zealand native earthworms; Conservation of native snails (Powelliphanta augusta) threatened by mining activities (position funded byfinancé Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd.).

  • February to November 2007 — Postdoctoral fellow at Louvain la Neuve University (Belgium).
    Mosquito vector of disease (Modirisk) project. Inventory of mosquito communities in Belgium and detection of invasive species potentially vector of re-emerging disease in Europe.

  • January to March 2007 — Temporary lecturer at the Institute for Environnemental Technology (IET) in Lyon (France).
    Basic and applied Ecology for Masters students.

  • September to October 2005 et 2006 — Temporary lecturer at the Catholic University of Guingamp (France).
    Animal behaviour for undergraduate students.

  • September 2005 to February 2007 — Associate researcher at Angers University (France).
    Impact of landscape evolution on amphibian biodiversity in the Loire Valley.

  • September 2004 to September 2005 — Teaching assistant (Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignements et de Recherche) in Ecology at Angers University ((France).
    Community Ecology, Animal behaviour and Evolution for undergraduate students and postgraduate students.

  • September 2003 to September 2004 — Teaching assistant (Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignements et de Recherche) at Rennes University (France).
    Ethology for undergraduate students.

  • September to December 2001 et Mars à Mai 2002 — Enseignant vacataire à University of La Réunion (France).
    Cellular Biology and plant biology for undergraduate students.

Additional information

Scientific Responsabilities

  • Founder and Editor in Chief of the peer-reviewed journal Rethinking Ecology.
  • Member of the executive committee of France Aotearoa Science, Technology and !nnovation Inc. (FAST!), an association aiming at facilitating scientific collaborations between France and New Zealand
  • Member of the  scientific committee of reginal research thematic network Entomocentre
  • Membre of the  Joint Scientific Disciplinary Commission (CSPD) for sections 67/68 at Tours university