EASE - Applied ecology and ecosystem services

Multifunctionality of ecosystems
Functional features, biophysics
Environmental degradation, Risks Natural disasters,
Ecological restoration
Ecosystem moddeling

To understand, anticipate and assess the impacts of global changes on the ecosystem services provided by human-made or natural ecosystems in order to enable their sustainable and multi-functional management. Reflect on the clusters of such services (where they are numerous and interdependent), study them as such and question their conceptual relevance.

To meet this challenge, it is essential to work in an interdisciplinary way, in order to understand not only the dynamics of each function/service, but also their interactions. We are particularly interested in: (i) the characterisation of mechanisms and patterns (state, value and vulnerability of Ecosystem services) at different spatiotemporal scales and their relationships (conflicts and synergies); (ii) the assessment of the impact of changes and the response of ecosystem services in order to evaluate the optimal state of the multifunctionality of ecosystems and identify levers for action (e.g. vegetation management scenario); (ii) the development of concepts and tools adapted to the sustainable management of ecosystem services, especially when they are numerous and interdependent (often referred to as conflicts and/or synergies).

The main worksites are located in the south of France (road embankments; Camargue), in French Guiana (tropical forest), Central Africa and Mexico (underground services), and in central and southern China (restoration). Our work is based on: in situ measurements and observations of functional services/traits (morphology, anatomy, biomechanics and biochemistry); modelling and simulation of networked ecosystem processes (Capsis platform, DORIAN Ecoservet model); experimentation on biotic and abiotic processes (under controlled conditions in greenhouses, rain simulation, marking with stable isotopes, etc.).

Acronym Title Duration
Cormier-3RConvergence Cormier: Réseau, Ressources et Résilience d'un arbre oublié au service de la transition agro-écologique
Project PI: Marilyne LAURANS 
2022 - 2022
Guyapatur IIGuyapatur II
Project PI: Cédric Péret (Chambre d'agriculture)  / Vincent Blanfort (Cirad SELMET)  
2020 - 2022

AUGUSSEAU Paul Emile 2021 - 2024. Analyse des fluctuations du trait de côte mer-mangrove pour des bilans de vulnérabilité côtière et de séquestration du carbone. Approche par modélisation multi-échelle et pluri-décennale de l’influence des processus hydro-sédimentaires et climatiques en G. Ecole doctorale : Ecole doctorale de Guyane / Université de Guyane. Dir : PROISY Christophe / Co-dir. : GARDEL Antoine

BARNES Annaêl 2020 - 2023. Accompagner la compensation écologique d’implantations minières dans les zones arides d’Asie centrale : une approche en termes de services écosystémiques. Ecole doctorale : GAIA / Montpellier SupAgro . Dir : SALGADO Paulo / Co-dir. : STOKES Alexia

WANG Dangjun 2022 - 2023. Relationship Between Litter Traits and Soil Fauna in Subtropical Forests. Ecole doctorale : Université de Chine de l'Académie des Sciences / Université de Chine de l'Académie des Sciences. Dir : ZUO Juan

WU Wenjun 2022 - 2023. Caractérisation des systèmes socio-écologiques et leurs services écosystémiques. Ecole doctorale : College of Public Administration / Nanjing Agricultural University. Dir : Minghao OU

South America