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Post-Doctorate 2010/2013
Aarhus University – Department of Bioscience, Roskilde, Denmark
Doctorate 2006/2009
ED SIBAGHE University Montpellier 2 / Centre for Evolutionary and Functional Ecology, Montpellier, France
Education : Master of Science in Ecophysiology, Ecology, Ethology ; Strasbourg University ; 2005-2006

Keywords : Arctic ecology, Bioenergetics models, Biotelemetry, Climate change, Conservation biogeography, Seabird ecological niche, Ecophysiology, Ecotoxicologie, Marine ecology, Stable isotopic analysis.

Scientist in charge :
Paco BUSTAMANTE, Professor, La Rochelle University, LIENSs UMR 7266
Funding : Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (project ARCTOX 631203)



Impacts of sea-ice shrinking and the development of human activities in the Arctic on little auk (Alle alle) ecology and ecophysiology.
My research aims to investigate how sensitive Arctic seabird species will be affected by the effects of global change. To this end, I use inclusive and multi-disciplinary approaches (ranging from ecotoxicology, spatial ecology, behavioural ecology, functional ecology, biotelemetry and ecophysiology) at large time and spatial scales.
Currently, I am more specifically focused on the study of how an increase of contaminant levels in the Arctic environment could affect seabird species and Arctic marine food webs. I am particularly interested in the study of two contaminants: the mercury (Hg) and the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which raise important health and environmental concerns because of their potential deleterious effects on organisms at low concentrations and because their levels have increased in the Arctic over the last decades.
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Mergule nain (Alle alle) équipé d’un enregistreur miniaturisé (TDR) et marqué couleur pour identification individuelle


Main collaborations :
  • Prof. Paco Bustamante (LIENSs – CNRS UMR 7266, France)
  • Dr. Anders Mosbech (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Dr. Morten Frederiksen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Dr. David Grémillet (CEFE-CNRS UMR 5175, France)
  • Dr. Aqqalu Rosing-Asvid (Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Greenland)
  • Dr. Maria Gavrilo (Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russia)
  • Prof. Warren Porter (University of Wisconsin, USA)
  • Dr. Katarzyna Wojczulanis-Jakubas (University of Gdansk, Poland)
  • Dr. Børge Moe (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway)
  • Dr. Sébastien Descamps (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway)
  • Dr. Grégory Beaugrand (LOG-CNRS UMR 8187, France)
  • Dr. Guillaume Massé (UMI Takuvik UL-CNRS, Canada)

Management of research projects:

  • 2014-2017: ARCTOX ‘Sea-ice shrinking and increasing human activities in the Arctic: what risk for the avian biodiversity?’ Research Marie Curie Career Integration Grant
  • 2013-2014: Year-round mercury concentrations in little auks breeding in East Greenland. LIENSs-CNRS UMR 7266, La Rochelle, France.
  • 2007-present: Responses of Arctic marine birds to environmental constraints in the context of climate change. Research programme funded by the French Polar Institute (IPEV / Pgr. ADACLIM n°388). Co-Principal Investigators David Grémillet (CEFE) et Jérôme Fort (LIENSs).
  • 2011-2013: LIAK&CC ‘Impact of climate change on wintering Arctic seabirds – an inter-population study on little auks’. Department of Bioscience – Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark. Post-doctorate Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship
  • 2012: Responses of Arctic seabirds to environmental change: the case of dovekies. Research programme funded by the National Geographic Society (Principal Investigator)
  • 2010-2011: Winter distribution and behavioural plasticity of Arctic seabirds in response to prey abundance and environmental constraints. National Environmental Research Institute – Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark. Post-doctorate fellowship from the Fyssen Foundation.
  • 2006-2009: Responses of Arctic marine birds to winter environmental constraints in the context of climate change. Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier, France. PhD thesis – MRT fellowship

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