Philippe CHOLER – Senior researcher (DR) at CNRS

Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine, UMR 5553 CNRS & Univ. Grenoble Alpes
Univ. Grenoble Alpes F-38000 Grenoble
E-mail: philippe dot choler at univ-grenoble-alpes dot fr
Nationality: French. Age: 49


I am an ecosystem ecologist with emphasis in grassland ecology. My background covers a spectrum of topics including alpine plant botany, plant physiological ecology, community & functional ecology, environmental microbiology and evolutionary ecology. My experience includes fieldwork in mountains (Alps, Tibet, Andes) and in semi-arid tropical grasslands (Northern Australia). My current research addresses the relationships between plant functional diversity and ecosystem functioning. I have recent interest in the observation and modelling of the biodiversity and ecosystem functiong of mountain pastures in relation with snow cover dynamics.


  • 2009.           Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (HDR). University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France.
  • 1999-2002. Ph.D. in Plant Ecology (with distinction). University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France
  • 1990-1992. M.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology. University Claude Bernard Lyon I & Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
  • 1987-1989. B.S. in Physics and Mathematics. Lycée du Parc, Lyon, France


  • 2016-...       Senior Researcher (DR) at CNRS.
  • 2011-2016  Researcher (CR) at CNRS.
  • 2008-2009. Marie-Curie European Fellow (FP6 European Programme). CSIRO CMAR, Canberra, Australia.
  • 2003-2010. Assistant Professor. University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France. Section CNU 67
  • 1993-2003. Lecturer (PRofesseur AGrégé). University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France.


  • 2015-...        Director of the Research Department Particle physics, Astrophysics, Geosciences, Environment and ecology of the Univ. Grenoble Alpes
  • 2015-...        Deputy Director of the Station Alpine J. Fourier in charge of research activities
  • 2013-...        Director of the Zone Atelier Alpes, a Long Term Ecological Network (LTER) for the French Alps.


  • 1993-...        Main lectures in Functional Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecosystem modeling. Computer lab using R.
  • 2003-           Supervising 8 Ph.D. students. Mentoring 8 undergraduate and more than 10 graduate interns.


MAIN FUNDED PROJECTS (as Principal investigator)

  • 2011-2014. DIVGRASS: Plant Functional DIVersity of GRASSlands (an FRB-CESAB funded project).
  • 2013-2016 ODYSSEE Opening new avenues to model the DYnamics of Species aSsemblages by integrating Ecology and Evolution: a case study from the mountain ecosystems of the Alps and the Carpathians (an ANR 'blanc international' funded project between France and Romania)

LONG-TERM MONITORING INITIATIVES  (as Principal investigator)

  • 2015-...     SENTINELLES DES ALPES : a long-term monitoring and research initiative on social-ecological systems of the French Alps.
  • 2010-....    PHENOLOGY : A network of instrumented sites to monitor water cycle and vegetation greeness in alpine grasslands and in Australian semi-arid tropical grasslands.
  • 2012-...      FLUXALP : Observations of energy, carbon and water exchanges between atmosphere and mountain grasslands.