Our research projects aim at understanding ecosystem functioning and the maintenance of biodiversity.
We are developing an integrated research (i) to describe the biodiversity patterns (spatial and temporal) at local to global scales, (ii) to understand the evolutionary and ecological processes shaping these patterns, and (iii) to depict the mechanisms underlying their dynamics in response to environmental forcing (climate change, pollution, land use change,...).
We rely on short- and long-term observation, experimentation and modelling. We use our results to model and predict the response of biodiversity and ecosystems to global changes. We address societal issues related to the evaluation of ecosystem services, environment management and conservation of biodiversity.
We are one of the few laboratories in France with a primary focus on mountain systems.