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

Currently, I am analysing and writting 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 about future experiments. 

In the frame of my PhD (2015-2018), I intend to respond to the following broad question: How phenotypic traits, varying within and among populations of a same species could alter ecosystem functioning. I am also interested on how phenotypic traits variability interact with climate changes, and how it will affect ecosystem functions, mostly litter decomposition.

My approach is to plan simple but complementary experiments at the lab, in mesocosms and in the field, using consumer-resource or predator-prey interactions in detritus-based river ecosystems. These ecosystems are fluctuating spatially and temporally, and are primarily affected by global changes, providing an excellent system to answer these questions.

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; Individual-based ecology.


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Main/Recent publications

Oral Communications:

Rota T., Jabiol J., Chauvet E., Lecerf A., 2017. Effects of intraspecific variability in aquatic invertebrates on litter decompositionOral 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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