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Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Dr. Damaris Zurell uses different types of models to study drivers of biodiversity change, emphasizing how populations and communities respond to abiotic and biotic changes in their environment. Her work crosses several scales and incorporates population dynamics, individual fitness, and their interactions, as well as life-history trade-offs. She also has special interest in animal migration.
Institut d'Écologie et des Sciences de l'Environnement, Paris, France
Dr. Elisa Thébault researches biological diversity from a combined ecological and evolutionary perspective. Her work concern how diversity and the structure of species interaction networks influence community properties, stability and ecosystem functioning. In particular, Dr. Thébault is interested in linking network structure, species functional traits and ecosystem functioning, and in the effects of environmental changes on interaction networks and ecosystems.
Silvia De Monte
École Nationale Supérieure, Paris, France
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany
Silvia De Monte's research is focused on the ecological processes underpinning evolution in phenotypically and genetically heterogeneous cellular assemblies. Examples of such "microbial collectives" are aggregative multicellular organisms, communities, and biofilms. By developing mathematical models in connection with observations, her research aims at uncovering general principles on how selective pressures acting at the collective level are transmitted at the level of cellular interactions, and how cell-level processes shape achievable collective functions.