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Acker Paul

team: PRADA (former member)

PhD (former PhD student at EDB)

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Keywords :

evolutionnary ecology, population dynamics, life history traits, individual trajectories, dispersal, habitat selection, coloniality, heterogeneity, modeling, capture-recapture, Bayesian statistics.


Thesis project :

Supervisors :
 Emmanuelle Cam (EDB, UPS, Toulouse)
 Aurélien Besnard (CEFE, EPHE, Montpellier)

Title : Life-history decisions of larids in spatio-temporally varying habitats: where and when to breed.

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Study species :
- Kittiwake, Rissa tridactyla (Cap Sizun, Brittany)
- Slender-billed gull, Chroicocephalus genei (French Mediterranean coast)
[- Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus (Forez basin, central France)]


Louis Sallé (Copyright) Gabriel Buissart (GNU FDL) Karakal (public domain)



Brief academic CV  :

  • 2017. PhD in Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution, University Paul Sabatier - Toulouse 3.
  • Matthieu Paquet (Copyright) 2013. DES degree in Evolutionary Ecology, UPMC Paris 6. Thesis : Variability and viability selection of a black plumage trait, the badge size of sociable weavers, Philetairus socius. Supervisors : Claire Doutrelant & Arnaud Grégoire; CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier
    Bruno Colas (Copyright)
  • 2012. Master degree in Ecology, Biodiversity & Evolution, UPMC-MNHN-UPSUD-AGROPT-ENS . Thesis : Demographic heterogeneity and viability, the case of age at reproduction in semelparous populations. Supervisors : Bruno Colas & Alexandre Robert; ESE-UPSud, Orsay & CERSP-MNHN, Paris


Publications :

Acker, P., Besnard, A., Monnat, J. Y., & Cam, E. (2017). Breeding habitat selection across spatial scales: is grass always greener on the other side? Ecology, in press. (doi: 10.1002/ecy.1962)

Acker, P., Grégoire, A., Rat, M., Spottiswoode, C.N., van Dijk, R.E., Paquet, M., Kaden, J.C., Pradel, R., Hatchwell, B.J., Covas, R. & Doutrelant, C. (2015) Disruptive viability selection on a black plumage trait associated with dominance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28, 2027-2041. (doi: 10.1111/jeb.12717)

Acker, P., Robert, A., Bourget, R. & Colas, B. (2014) Heterogeneity of reproductive age increases the viability of semelparous populations. Functional Ecology, 28, 458–68. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12187)

I hope more stuff soon !


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