We investigate deterministic and stochastic drivers of biodiversity maintenance across multiple trophic levels in terrestrial and marine environments.
biodiversity, complex networks, community ecology, demography, ecosystem functioning, functional ecology, non-equilibrium dynamics, spatiotemporal variability, species interactions, stabilizing processes.
Our research draws on ecological theory to combine experimental and observational studies with modelling toolboxes.
We strongly believe in diversity and inclusion, so we highly welcome all kinds of applicants regardless of the background.
We are always open to collaborate. Sharing research experiences from field work, data analyses, to write documents is the path to create a healthy science.
We follow the triple R strategy. We Reduce the impact on nature of our scientific activity, we Reuse our lab material, and we Recycle our no longer needs.
Our research goal
The goal of Mediterranean Ecological and Synthesis lab (MESSY lab) is to understand the processes maintaining biodiversity and their links to ecosystems functioning. For that, we combine detailed field observations and process-based experiments with a unique interface of ecological theory and modelling toolboxes. This interface of theory, modelling and experiments is not specific to any taxonomic group. We primarily focus on Mediterranean-type ecosystems of the world because of their combination of complex evolutionary histories and high levels of diversity subjected to continuous changes in environmental conditions. These systems are ideal to shed new light on our understanding of how biodiversity is maintained in an ever-changing world. In addition, the lab applies the knowledge and modelling tools obtained from studying these systems to other complex systems in the world such as temperate forests and marine and coastal communities. Because we do not forget the current and profound effects of anthropogenic activities on natural ecosystems (we do also care in our world for future generations), we use our knowledge as a magnifying glass to identify and propose solutions for the conservation, management and restoration of ecological communities.