Most species are declining due to human-induced perturbations:
habitat destruction and fragmentation
over-hunting and fishing
introduction of exotic species
Stopping this biological erosion has become a major challenge for humanity.
Proactive biodiversity conservation and management imply a deep understanding of processes determining species and population viability.
My research in quantitative ecology is driven by this goal to protect biodiversity.
MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
Metapopulations are groups of local populations inhabiting a fragmented landscape, persisting in a balance of local extinctions and recolonizations by dispersal movements.
Our research is focused on the interplay between local dynamics (demography) and regional dynamics (dispersal and population synchrony).
Dispersal and movement ecology
Dispersal is a fundamental process for metapopulation dynamics, and more broadly for ecological and evolutionary dynamics.
We are interested in the causes and consequences of dispersal, and how movement behaviour of individuals interacts with landscape configuration in determining effective dispersal and connectivity.
Forecasting species viability
The ability to forecast how a species or (meta)population will perform in the future is of prime importance to design and assess conservation and management guidelines.
We use modelling approaches (such as Population Viability Analysis) to predict their future according to environmental scenarios and conservation plans.
Developing methods for ecology
Research in ecology and evolution has much to gain from the generalization and dissemination of methods developed for specific case studies.
Whether they are related to data collection and statistical analysis, modelling approaches or building research devices, we are committed to make our developments as general as possible, document them and provide them to the scientific community.