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Université de Bordeaux
LabEx COTECluster of Excellence
Cluster of excellence

Chair of Excellence in Integrative Theoretical Ecology

The newly formed Chair of Integrative and Theoretical Ecology has a strong focus on community ecology, but our interests are broad and we mostly develop research that connects multiple ecosystems (from forests to the ocean) and multiple disciplines.

Our research is organised into two main themes:

  • Ecological interactions across ecosystems (community dynamics, food webs, matter flow)
  • Land-use, functional diversity and human impacts (biodiversity indicators, socioeconomics)

Research topics range from plankton dynamics to food web responses to human perturbations to the adaptive management of wetlands in the Aquitaine region. The Gironde Estuary, Arcachon Bay and their watersheds are areas of special interest because of their diversity of constituent ecosystems (including a lagoon, wetlands, rivers, forests and agricultural lands).

We engage in collaborative research projects, involving statistical analyses of data gathered by the many labs of the Labex COTE, as well as regional and international partners. We are keen to work on taxa as varied as fish, plankton, birds, insects or plants.

Composition of the chair:

  • Researchers: Laure Carassou and Frédéric Barraquand
  • Engineers in ecological modelling and data mining: Coralie Picoche and Christelle Aluome
  • Two postdoctoral fellows [to be recruited, one position available for each research theme]


Scientific matters:

Frédéric Barraquand (frederic.barraquand@u-bordeaux.fr, webpage)

Laure Carassou (laure.carassou@u-bordeaux.fr)

Administrative matters: Adrien Pourtier: manager-labexcote@u-bordeaux.fr