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ROTA Thibaut

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Institution : UPS

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Université Paul Sabatier,

118, route de Narbonne - Bâtiment 4R1
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9

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My scientific learning in environment and ecological sciences started with a master curriculum at the University of Franche-Comté, Besançon (, graduated in 2013/2014.

This master is focused on applied freshwater ecology, monitoring and conservation and is powered with basic knowledge on these topics.

I studied one year the ecology of running water systems (benthic invertebrates and fish communities) in a specialized laboratory (, working at the interface between the monitoring of ecosystems and applied research (2014/2015).

Currently, I am analysing and writing about datas acquired during my PhD (2015 to 2018) in the BIOREF team (, under the supervising of LECERF Antoine ( and CHAUVET Eric (, and I am very exciting to start future projects in ecological research. 

In the frame of my PhD (2015-2018), I intend to respond to the following broad question: How much vary phenotypic traits at the intraspecific level and how this variability could alter litter decomposition, an important ecosystem process in upland forested streams.

I am also interested in the interactions between phenotypic traits and the environment, especially the interactions between body mass, metabolic rates and temperature.

My approach is to plan experiments at the lab, in mesocosms and in the field, focusing on the effects of traits variability on consumer-resource or predator-prey interactions in detritus-based river ecosystems.

Those keywords depict easily my research interests: Eco-evolutionary dynamics; Animal personality; Pace-of-life syndrome; Metabolic theory of ecology; Trait-based ecology; Phenotypic traits


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Co-direction of Masters internships:

- Tom Réveillon (2018). Co-dir.: Thibaut Rota, Arnaud Sentis, Antoine Lecerf and Eric Chauvet. Interactive effect of body mass and temperature on individual metabolism and stream litter decomposition under global warming

- Achour Laribi (2016). Dir.: Antoine Lecerf, Co-dir.: Thibaut Rota. Morphological variability among Cordulgaster boltonii populations in the Montagne Noire streams.

Main/Recent publications


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(11): 1670-1678.

Oral Communications:

Rota T., Jabiol J., Chauvet E., Lecerf A., 2017. Effects of intraspecific variability in aquatic invertebrates on litter decomposition. Oral communication, Plant Litter Processing in Freshwaters (PLPF, 8th), International Conference, Bilbao, Spain.

Rota T., Jabiol J., Chauvet E., Lecerf A., 2017. Effects of intraspecific variability in aquatic invertebrates on litter decomposition. Oral communication, Functional Ecology and Environment (FEE, 1st), International Conference, Toulouse, France. 

Rota T., Jabiol J., Chauvet E., Lecerf A., 2016. Phenotypic correlates of resource intake rate in a population of litter-feeding detritivores. Flash communication, session Ecosystem functioning and dynamics. Sfécologie, International Conference of Ecological Sciences, Marseille, France.


- Introduction to Leslie matrix for structured population dynamic models, TD L3.

- A practical introduction to multiple linear regression models with R, TP L3.

- Practical introduction to GIS use with QGIS, TP L3.


- Standardized sampling of macrobenthic invertebrates in running waters and their determination at the genera taxonomic level, TP M2.

- An introduction to population and community ecology, TD L2.

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