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Profil de Antoine LECERF

LECERF Antoine

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Téléphone / phone: 05 61 55 89 05

Bureau / office : 205

Institution : UPS

Statut / status: Enseignant chercheur

Adresse professionnelle / address:

Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse
118 route de Narbonne
bât 4R1 - bureau 205
31 062 Toulouse Cedex

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Academic degrees:

Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, University of Toulouse, 2016

PhD in Functional Ecology, University of Toulouse, 2005

M. Sci. in Agronomy, 2002

Positions held:

2014-2019: IUF Research Chair - en délégation à l'Institut Universitaire de France

2008-present: Assistant Professor - maître de conférences, University of Toulouse

2006-2008: Postdoc fellow, Stream and Riparian Research Lab - Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

2005-2006: Lecturer - ATER, University of Toulouse

My current research is at the crossroads of community and ecosystem ecology. I aim at understanding how terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity regulates energy and material flows within and across ecosystems. I am interested in the following questions: What do species do in ecosystems? Does intraspecific trait variation matter for ecosystem functioning? How and to what extent trophic and non-trophic interactions regulate ecosystem functions? Whether and how biodiversity dynamics alters ecosystem functioning? What are the consequences of the ongoing biodiversity loss on Nature's value?

My research is based on field surveys, experiments conducted at realistic scales, and meta-analyses. I strive to incorporate the complexity of real ecosystems into my research, to address mechanistic issues and to seek for general patterns across regions. I have worked with a variety of biota (fish, macroinverterbrates, aquatic hyphomycetes, benthic algae, riparian plants) which are pivotal in food webs.


Project management:

Since 2008, I have been the principal investigator of six research projects (CNRS EC2CO, PICS, GDRI; MEDDTL BGF; ONEMA; IUF).

Student supervision:

Reviewing and editorial activities:

Grant proposal reviewer for the French National Research Agency (ANR), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the National Science Foundation (USA)

Member of the editorial boards of   Freshwater Biology and  International Journal of Limnology

Ad hoc reviewer for several international journals including Ecological Monographs, Ecology Letters, Ecology, Oecologia, Oikos, Ecosystems, Functional Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Freshwater Science, Forest Ecology and Management, etc.

Principales publications

LeRoy C., Hipp A., Lueders K., Follstad Shah J., Kominoski J., Ardón M., Dodds W.K., Gessner M.O. , Griffiths N., Lecerf A., Manning D., Sinsabaugh R.L., Webster J. (2020) Plant phylogenetic history explains in‐stream decomposition at a global scale. Journal of Ecology 108:17:35

Artru M., Lecerf A. (2019). Slow degradation of compostable plastic carrier bags in a stream and its riparian area. International Journal of Limnology 55:18

Réveillon T., Rota T., Chauvet E., Lecerf A., Sentis A. (2019) Repeatable inter-individual variation in the thermal sensitivity of metabolic rate. Oikos 128:1633-1640

Jabiol J., Lecerf A., Lamothe S., Gessner M.O., Chauvet E. (2019) Litter quality modulates effects of dissolved nitrogen on leaf decomposition by stream microbial communities. Microbial Ecology 77:959-966

Evangelista C., Olden J.D., Lecerf A., Cucherousset J. (2019) Scale-dependent patterns of intraspecific trait variations in two globally invasive species. Oecologia 189:1083-1094

Evangelista C., Cucherousset J., Lecerf A. (2019) Contrasting ecological impacts of geographically close invasive population. Oecologia 189:529-536

Pey B., Tran C., Cruz P., Hedde M., Jouany C., Laplanche C., Nahmani J., Chauvet E., Lecerf A. (2019) Nutritive value and physical and chemical deterrents of forage grass litter explain feeding performance of two soil macro detritivore. Applied Soil Ecology 133:81-88

Rota T., Jabiol J., Chauvet E., Lecerf A. (2018) Phenotypic determinants of inter-individual variability of litter consumption rate in a detritivore population. Oikos 127:1670-1678

Lagrue C., Besson A.A., Lecerf A. (2018) Small alteration - big impacts: effect of small-scale riparian management on host-parasite dynamics in streams. Journal of Helminthology 92:64-73

Raffard A., Lecerf A., Cote J., Buoro M., Lassus R., Cucherousset J. (2017) The functional syndrome: linking individual trait variability to ecosystem functioning. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 

Lecerf A. (2017) Methods for estimating the effect of litterbag mesh size on decomposition. Ecological Modelling 362:65-68

Jackson M.C., Evangelista C., Lecerf A., Britton J., Cucherousset J. (2017) Between lake variation in the trophic ecology of an invasive crayfish. Freshwater Biology 62:1501-1510

Evangelista C., Lecerf A., Britton J.R., Cucherousset J. (2017) Resource composition mediates the effects of intraspecific variability in nutrient recycling on ecosystem processes. Oikos 126:1439-1450

Follstad Shah J.J., Kominoski J.S., Ardón M., Dodds W.K., Gessner M.O., Griffiths N.A., Hawkins C.P., Johnson S.L., Lecerf A.,  LeRoy C.J., Manning D.W.P., Rosemond A.D., Sinsabaugh R.L., Swan C.M., Webster J.R., Zeglin L.H. (2017) Global synthesis of the temperature sensitivity of leaf litter breakdown in streams and rivers. Global Change Biology 23:3064-3075

Yeung A.C.Y., Lecerf A., Richardson J.S. (2017) Assessing the long-term ecological effects of riparian management practices on headwater streams in a coastal temperate rainforest. Forest Ecology and Management 384:100-109

Chauvet E., Ferreira V., Giller P.S., McKie B.G., Tiegs S.D., Woodward G., Elosegi A., Dobson M., Fleituch T., Graça M.A.S., Gulis V., Hladyz S., Lacoursiere J.O., Lecerf A., Pozo J., Preda E., Riipinen M., Risnoveanu G., Vadineanu A., Vought L.B.M., Gessner M.O. (2016) Litter decomposition as an indicator of stream ecosystem functioning at local-to-continental scales: Insights from the European RivFunction project. Advances in Ecological Research 55:99-182

Lecerf A., Evangelista C., Cucherousset J., Boiché A. (2016) Riparian overstory-understory interactions and their implications for forest-stream linkages. Forest Ecology and Management 367:112-119

Alp M., Cucherousset J., Buoro M., Lecerf A. (2016) Phenological response of a key ecosystem function to biological invasion. Ecology Letters 19:519-527

Lagrue C., Besson A., Lecerf A. (2015) Interspecific differences in antipredator strategies determine the strength of non-consumptive predator effects on stream detritivores. Oikos 124:1589-1596

Majdi N., Boiché A., Traunspurger W., Lecerf A. (2015) Community patterns and ecosystem processes in forested headwater streams along a gradient of riparian canopy openness. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 187:63-78

Lucisine P., Lecerf A., Danger M., Felten V., Aran D., Auclerc A., Gross E.M., Huot H., Morel J.-L., Muller S., Nahmani J., Maunoury-Danger F. (2015). Litter chemistry prevails over litter consumers in mediating effects of past steel industry activities on leaf litter decomposition. Science of the Total Environment. 537:213-224

Majdi N., Traunspurger W., Richardson J.S., Lecerf A. (2015). Small stonefly predators affect micro- and meiobenthic communities in stream leaf packs. Freshwater Biology 60:1930-1943

Lagrue C., Podgorniak T., Lecerf A., Bollache L. (2014) An invasive species may be better than none: invasive signal and native noble crayfish have similar community effets. Freshwater Biology 59:1982-195

Evangelista C., Boiché A., Lecerf A., Cucherousset J. (2014) Ecological opportunities and intraspecific competition alter trophic niche specialization in an opportunistic stream predator. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 1025-1034

De Nadaï-Monoury E., Gilbert F., Lecerf A. (2014) Forest canopy cover determines invertebrate diversity and ecosystem process rates in depositional zones of headwater streams. Freshwater Biology 59: 1532-1545

Majdi N., Boiché A., Traunspurger W., Lecerf A. (2014) Predator effects on a detritus-based food web are primarily mediated by nontrophic interactions. Journal of Animal Ecology. 83:953-962

De Nadaï-Monoury E., Lecerf A.,Canal C., Buisson L., Laffaille P., Gilbert F. (2013) A cost-effective method to quantify biological surface reworking. Hydrobiologia 713: 115-125

Danger M., Cornut J., Chauvet E., Chavez P., Elger A., Lecerf A. (2013) Benthic algae stimulate leaf litter decomposition in detritus-based headwater streams: a case of aquatic priming effect? Ecology 94: 1604-1613

Lecerf A., Baudoin J.M., Besson A., Lamothe S., Lagrue C. (2012) Is smaller necessary better? Effects of small riparian forest harvesting on stream ecosystems. International Journal of Limnology 48:401-409

Woodward, G., Gessner M.O., Giller P., Gulis V., Hladyz S., Lecerf A., Malmqvist B., McKie B.G., Tiegs S.D., Cariss H., Dobson M., Elosegi A., Ferreira V. Graça M.A.S., Fleituch T., Lacoursière J., Nistorescu M., Pozo, J., Risnoveanu G., Schindler M., Vought L.B.M.,  Chauvet E. (2012) Continental-scale effects of nutrient loading and eutrophication on stream ecosystem functioning. Science 336: 1438-1440

Lagrue C., Kominoski J. S., Danger M., Baudoin J.M., Lamothe S., Lambrigot D., Lecerf A. (2011) Experimental shading alters litter breakdown in streams of contrasting riparian canopy cover. Freshwater Biology 56:2059-2069

Hladyz S., Ǻbjörnsson K., Cariss H., Chauvet E., Dobson M., Elosegi A., Ferreira V., Fleituch T., Gessner M.O., Giller P.S., Graça M.A.S., Gulis V., Hutton S.A.,Lacoursière J., Lamothe S., Lecerf A., Malmqvist B., McKie B.G., Nistorescu M., Preda E., Riipinen M.P., Rîşnoveanu G., Schindler M., Tiegs S.D., Vought L.B.M., Woodward, G. (2011) Stream ecosystem functioning in an agricultural landscape: the importance of terrestrial-aquatic linkages. Advances in Ecological Research 44: 211-276

Lagrue C., Azémar F., Besson A., Lamothe S., Lecerf A. (2011) Novel ligature methods to study sublethal effects of sit-and-wait predators: Description and test using Cordulegaster boltonii (Donovan, 1807) larvae (Anisoptera: Cordulegastridae).Odonatologica 40: 95-103

Lecerf A., Richardson J.S. (2011) Assessing the functional importance of large-bodied invertebrates in experimental headwater streams. Oikos 120: 950-960

Lecerf A., Marie G., Kominoski J.S., LeRoy C.J., Bernadet C, Swan C. (2011) Incubation time, functional litter diversity and habitat characterists predict litter mixing effects on decomposition. Ecology 92:160-169

Lecerf.A., Kominoski J.S. (2010) Functional leaf traits and biodiversity effects on litter decomposition in a stream: COMMENT [Comment]. Ecology 91:1867-1869

Lecerf A., Richardson J.S. (2010) Litter decomposition can detect effects of high and moderate levels of forest disturbance on stream condition. Forest Ecology and Management 259:2433-2443

Mialet B., Azémar F., Maris T., Sossou C., Ruiz P., Lionard M., Van Damme S., Lecerf A., Muylaert K., Toumi N., Meire P., Tackx M. (2010). Spatial spring distribution of the copepod Eurytemora affinis (Copepoda, Calanoida) in a restoring estuary, the Scheldt (Belgium). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 88:116-124

Lecerf A., Richardson J.S. (2010) Biodiversity-ecosystem function research: Insights gained from streams [Special issue paper]. River Research and Applications 26:45-54

Richardson J.S., Hoover T., Lecerf A. (2009) Coarse organic matter dynamics in small streams: Linking function to structural changes caused by catchment landuses [Special issue paper]. Freshwater Biology 54:2116-2126

Sanpera Calbet I., Lecerf A., Chauvet E. (2009) Leaf diversity influences in-stream litter decomposition through effects on shredders. Freshwater Biology 54:1671-1982

Lecerf A., Chauvet E. (2008) Diversity and functions of leaf-associated fungi in human-altered streams. Freshwater Biology 53:1658-1672

Lecerf A., Chauvet E. (2008) Intra-specific variability in leaf traits strongly affects alder leaf decomposition in a stream. Basic and Applied Ecology 9:598-607

Lecerf A., Hampel H., Hong Y., Nijs J., Hellings L. & Tackx M. (2008) Decomposition of willow (Salix triandra L.) leaves in the Schelde estuary (Belgium). Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 30: 603-606

Lecerf A., Padfield D., Boiché A., Riipinen M., Chauvet E. & Dobson M. (2007) Stream ecosystems respond to riparian invasion by Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64:1273-1283

Lecerf A., Risnoveanu G., Popescu C., Gessner M.O. & Chauvet E. (2007) Decomposition of diverse litter mixtures in streams. Ecology 88:219-227

Lecerf A., Usseglio-Polatera P., Charcosset J.Y., Lambrigot D., Bracht B. & Chauvet E. (2006) Assessment of functional integrity of eutrophic streams using litter breakdown and benthic macroinvertebrates. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 165:105-126

Lecerf A., Dobson M., Dang C.K. & Chauvet E. (2005) Riparian plant species loss alters trophic dynamics in detritus-based stream ecosystems. Oecologia 146: 432-442

Piscart C., Lecerf A., Usseglio-Polatera P., Moreteau J.C. & Beisel J.N. (2005) Biodiversity patterns along a salinity gradient: The case of net-spinning caddisflies. Biodiversity and Conservation. 14:2235-2249

Coordinator of the CNRS-funded international research network (GDRI) - Environmental Forcing on Freshwater Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (2015-2018). Partner institutions: University of Toulouse (EcoLab and EDB), University of British Colombia and University of Washington.

Workpackage leader in the ANR-funded project FunctionalStreams - Discriminating the effects of global change drivers on headwater streams: a functional perspective (2014-2018). Project leader: E.Chauvet. Partner institution: LIEC - University of Metz.

IUF research chair: Contribution of freshwater metazoans to the Carbon Cycle (2014-2019).

Co-principal investigator (with J. Cucherousset) of the ONEMA-funded project ISOLAC: Assessing the ecological integrity of lentic freshwater ecosystems (2013-2015). 

Partner of the ADEME-funded project IFonS - Litter decomposition as a functional indicator of polluted soils (2012-2015). Project leader: F. Maunoury-Danger (LIEC - University of Metz).

Coordinator of the CNRS-funded project (PICS) Cascading effects of predator diversity on riparian and stream ecosystem functions (2012-2014). Partner institution: University of British Columbia (J.S. Richardson).

Principal investigator of the project SYLECOL -Effects of sylvicultural activities on the structure and functioning of  lotic ecosystems- funded by the French Ministry in charge of Environment (2011-2014).

Member of LTER working group MASS-LOSS- Forecasting rates of stream leaf litter decomposition in response to inland climate change. Project leader: Jennifer Follstad Shah (Utah State University, USA). 

Principal investigator of the ONEMA-funded project: Stream ecosystem responses to  riparian vegetation management (2009-2012). 

Principal investigator of CNRS-funded project EC2CO Microbien- Fungal-algal interactions on decaying litter in streams (2009-2010). 

I teach community and ecosystem ecology, freshwater ecology, and biostatistics to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Toulouse.

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