Josep M. (aka Pep) Serra-Diaz

Assistant Professor, AgroParisTech

Research interests: Plant Ecology and global change; woody plant regeneration; microclimates; data science; disturbance dynamics; plant range shifts; biome transitions; Mediterranean Ecology

Email: pep.serradiaz[at]

Telephone: (+33) (0)3-83-39-68-85

Jeremy Borderieux

PhD Candidate, AgroParisTech

Research interests: Forest regeneration, Plant Ecology, Fragmentation.

Email: jeremy.borderieux[at]

Jérémy is working on forest regeneration dynamics and landscape structural attributes to understand future regeneration dynamics and plant community shifts in European Central Forests. He is combining intensive modeling with microclimatic data and landscape attributes such as fragmentation to better understand and predict forest dynamics in the 21st century. More to come soon on this important, yet poorly studied, phase of forest dynamics.

Arnaud Callebaut

PhD Candidate, AgroParisTech

Research interests: Ecoinformatics, assisted migration.

Email: arnaud.callebaut[at]

Arnaud is working on devlopping quantitative tools to understand and quantify the potential of plant assisted migration and conservation under global environmental change. With a strong background in Mathematics he is developing a mathematical approach to quantify the risks and benefits of conservation choices regarding the redistribution of plants, combining big data in species distributions and high resolution climatic datasets with operational research. Stay tuned for future developments !


Julia Erbech

Research Assistant. Forest Enineering Degree, AgroParisTech

Research interests: forest ecology ; forest management ; Integration of climate and ecological issues in forest management.

Email: julia.erbrech[at]

Julia is working with us in several research areas such as forest adaptation to climate change, seed zone and seed transfer, and analysis of tree diversity. She is also helping us in field experiments set up! She is interested in forest management and climate change.

Pengcheng LAI

MSc Forest and the Environment
Now at FAO in Rome

Research interests: Tree geographic distributions, disequilibrium.

Email: pengcheng.lai[at]

Pengcheng is worked on disequilibirum dynamics in tree distributions. He is going to be working with various forest inventories and data sources to understand how land use and climate change may constraint responses of tree species range dynamics.

Mathilde Grand-Chavin

MSc Candidate. Université Aix-Marseille

Research interests: Microclimates, biodiversity, microrefugia.

Email: mathilde.grandchavin[at]

Mathilde is working in understanding how plants and specificially understory forest plants will redistribute as climate continues to warm. She works with biodiversity informatics tools and high-resolution microclimatic grids in the Pyrenees to predict future refugia for plant species under climate change.

Bountouraby Balde

Forest Engineer. PhD candidate Universitat de Lleida

Research interests: Emissions from forest fires, forest biomass, biomass succcession, carbon and growth models, Mediterranean ecosystems

Email: bounbalde[at]

Bountouraby came for a research visit to our lab. We are working on using forest landscape models to understand the potential for fire and big fires in Catalonia.

Nuria Jiménez

PhD Candidate, AgroParisTech

Visiting PhD Candidate, CREAF

Research interests: Fire, Plant Ecology, Botany.

Email: n.jimenez[at]

Nuria is interested in postfire regeneration dynamics compounded with drought episodes in the Iberian peninsula. She came to visit for a PhD chapter of her dissertation to collaborate in niche estimates, marginality and regeneration dynamics for three tree species in the Iberian Peninsula. An impressive effort combining forest inventories, fire estimates and fieldwork !

Adrien Noirault

Research Intern 2019, Ecole Normale Supérieur Lyon. NOW: MSc Student

Research interests: Ecosystems facing climate change; Ecosystem ecology; Modelling of species distribution, Natural ressources management.

Email: adrien.noirault[at]

Kourosh Ahmadi

Forest Modeler, PhD

Research interests: Forest ecology, machine learning, eclogical niche models, forests, climate change.

Email: kouroshahmadi66[at]

Coline Limbardet

Assistant Engineer

Research interests: Mediterreanean ecosystems, integration of cliamate change and land use on landscape planning

Email: coline.limbardet[at]

David Muñoz Ferrandiz

MSc candiate in Biodiversity conservation and Mangement, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Research interests: Alpine plant diversity, Mountain Ecosystems

Email: david.munozferrandiz[at]

David is working on how alpine grasslands may be affected by climate change directly and indirectly via plant woody plant encroachment using distribution modeling.