Quantitative and Evolutionary Ecology of Communities Group
I am a Phd student (she/her) at the LBBE since October 2020, and I am supervised by Stéphane Dray (LBBE) and Hervé Fritz (IRL REHABS). My PhD subject is: "Analysis of the composition patterns of African fauna communities from camera trap data: identify co-occurrence networks and explore their robustness in the face of contrasting management modes and climate constraints".
My research focuses on the interaction networks between species within a community. A first axis of my PhD consists in investigating methods to infer interactions between species from camera trap data. To do this, I use statistical models to infer attraction-repulsion networks between species. I use data from the Snapshot Safari South Africa program, which manages camera trap grids in protected areas in South Africa.
A second axis of my PhD consists in analyzing interaction networks, especially the link between species traits and their interactions. Therefore, I use multivariate methods applied to a bipartite interaction matrix.
Teaching ("activité complémentaire d’enseignement")
As a PhD student, I have had the opportunity to take part in some teaching activities in the frame of the complementary teaching activity ("activité complémentaire d’enseignement") since October 2020. This consists in teaching practicals and tutorials for undergraduate students for 64 hours a year. I mainly taught statistics and R programming. In particular, I taught in the following courses (links in French):
- Practicals and tutorials for the Biostatistics and bioinformatics course (L2)
- Practicals for the Bio-mathematics and Modelling BISM course (L3)
- Practicals for the Biology and Modelling course (L1)
I am very enthusiastic about science popularization. Besides, I am deeply convinced of its usefulness both for the general public and for my own research. I regularly take part in scientific outreach actions, such as the "conférences embarquées" (mini-conferences on a boat), the "Fête de la Science" (national science festival) or the Déclics meetings with high school students.
I am also a member of the Projet Pangolin society, which raises awareness about ecology and gives means to preserve the environment and biodiversity. I contribute mainly through drawings, but I also write articles for the blog. Here are some blog articles for which I contributed (in French):
- the Naturalist guide on insects and the Naturalist guide on trees (drawings)
- the article about citizen science (co-writing)