I successfully defended my PhD thesis in science in June 2006 at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium). Next, I was awarded a highly competitive fellowship obtained from the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research to conduct post-doctoral research in collaboration with scientific institutions in Finland and Switzerland. In 2008, I was hired for a permanent position as a project leader at the Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann to establish and coordinate the national biodiversity-monitoring programme in Luxembourg. In 2014, I moved to the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology lab of the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain). As a representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC), I coordinated a LIFE project funded by the European Commission to develop the EuroBirdPortal and I participated in several international projects and initiatives. Since 2017, I am working at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) to provide scientific support to the co-chair of the Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
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Main research lines
- Understanding and predicting the impacts of environmental change (e.g. climate, land use) on ecosystems and biodiversity across a range of spatial and temporal scales
- Combining and analysing structured and unstructured biodiversity observation data to improve our understanding of biodiversity dynamics in space and time
- Using the conceptual ideas and methodological approaches of biogeography to address biodiversity conservation issues
- Understanding habitat selection patterns and processes in human-modified environments
Biodiversity dynamics, biodiversity monitoring, climate change, conservation biogeography, geographical information systems, impact assessment, landscape ecology, land use change, numerical ecology, predictive modelling, spatial ecology, species distribution modelling, statistical analyses