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Bertrand Fournier

Post-Doctorant(e) Team Evolution Expérimentale des Communautés
Phone +33 (0)4 67 14 40 62
Localization Bâtiment 22, 2ème étage
Mots clés biodiversity ecosystem function metacommunity restoration ecology spatial heterogeneity

At the frontier between applied and fundamental research, my work focuses on ecosystems functioning and biodiversity patterns in spatially heterogeneous environment.

After a PhD project on the impact of river restoration on soil fauna communities, their interactions and their relations to ecosystem functioning, I integrated the Evolution and Community Ecology team for a post-doctoral project. My current work aims at acquiring a mechanistic understanding of the impact of spatial heterogeneity on species coexistence and ecosystem functioning. I use both mathematical models and field data to disentangle this question and produce guidelines for ecosystem management and restoration.

1. Fournier, B., C. Guenat, G. Bullinger-Weber, and E. A. D. Mitchell. 2013. Spatio-temporal heterogeneity of riparian soil morphology in a restored floodplain. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17:4031-4042.

2. Fournier, B., E. Malysheva, Y. Mazei, M. Moretti, and E. A. D. Mitchell. 2012. Toward the use of testate amoeba functional traits as indicator of floodplain restoration success. European Journal of Soil Biology 49:85-91.

3. Fournier, B., E. Samaritani, J. Shrestha, E. A. D. Mitchell, and R.-C. Le Bayon. 2012. Patterns of earthworm communities and species traits in relation to the perturbation gradient of a restored floodplain. Applied Soil Ecology 59:87-95.

4. Samaritani, E., J. Shrestha, B. Fournier, E. Frossard, F. Gillet, C. Guenat, P. A. Niklaus, N. Pasquale, K. Tockner, E. A. D. Mitchell, and J. Luster. 2011. Heterogeneity of soil carbon pools and fluxes in a channelized and a restored floodplain section (Thur River, Switzerland). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15:1757-1769.

5. Pellissier, L., B. Fournier, A. Guisan, and P. Vittoz. 2010. Plant traits co-vary with altitude in grasslands and forests in the European Alps. Plant Ecology 211:351-365.