Past Ph.D. students

  • Florence BAPTIST (University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France).

Co-supervised with Serge AUBERT. Ph.D. defended in May 2008.
In collaboration with S. NOGUES (University of Barcelona, SPAIN), G. TCHERKEZ & J.-Y. PONTAILLER (University Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France).

Florence has compared carbon cycling of alpine meadows in early vs. late snowmelt sites. Her Ph.D. work has included (i) the development of a seasonal carbon gain model taking into account crown architecture, leaf physiological traits and microclimatic parameters, (ii) the study of carbon sink-source dynamics at the whole plant level, and (3) the study of litter decomposability in relation with the quality and quantity of litter fluxes.

Current position : Florence is working for Biotope, a French environmental agency specialised in ecological expertise, environmental communication and nature-related editing.

  • Kechang NIU (University of Lanzhou, China).

Co-supervised with Guozhen DU. Ph.D. defended in June 2008.

Kechang has studied the impact of grazing and fertilization on plant species richness and plant functional diversity. His observations and experimental work have been conducted on the Tibetan alpine plateau. Of particular interest in his Ph.D. project were (i) the comparative study of plant allometric relatonships and plant biomass allocation in grazed and fertilized meadows, (ii) the linkage between plant and community responses to grazing and fertilization, and (iii) the relationship between functional diversity and primary productivity.

Current position : Kechang has a full-time research position at the Department of Biology, School of Life Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China.

  • Mihai PUSCAS (University Babes-Bolaii, Cluj, Romania).

Co-supervised with Vasile CRISTEA. Ph.D. defended in May 2008.

Mihai has examined diversity patterns in the European Carex curvula-dominated alpine grasslands. His Ph.D. work has included (i) a phylogeographic study of Carex curvula populations with an emphasis on the "south-eastern European clade" including Balkans and Carpathians and (2) a phytogeographic synthesis of Carex curvula-dominated communities in Europe.

Current position : Mihai has a research and curator position at the Alexandru Borza Botanical Garden, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania.


Post-doctoral fellows

  • Benjamin BORGY (Univ. Grenoble Alpes & CESAB). jan. 2013 -> mars 2014

Data analysis for the DIVGRASS project