Objective 5

Study of the biology and ecology of endangered species and communities

The analysis of long-term data at large geographic scale and the modelling of population dynamics raise essential questions on the ecology and biology of the species studied. We constantly work to find answers to these questions, since they are relevant to conservation measures. Through a combination of observational and experimental studies, we have been able, for instance, to obtain key information on the processes that regulate the dynamics and functioning of algae communities, gorgonians life history traits and their levels of thermotolerance, and, more recently, the genetic population structure of some of our model species.