I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, working closely with the Copernicus Institute (U. Utrecht, Netherlands) and the marine research station ECIM (U. Católica, Chile).

While my research interests span a broad variety of topics within the realm of ecology, my recent work is focused on exploring how ecological interactions shape the response of ecosystems to perturbations. My methods include ecological surveys, data analysis and mathematical modelling.

Current projects:

INDECOSTAB: Forecasting the future of ecological reefs using spatial patterns

Using a combination of ecological modelling, empirical surveys and analyses of spatial patterns, we investigate how measuring the current spatial structure of reefs can help us forecast their future. Check out our website!

Disturbance and the subalpine meadows of California

We use extensive plant surveys to explore how resilient subalpine meadows are to grazing and climate change in Californian National Parks (see Lee et al., 2017, Génin et al. 2020).

The long-term resilience of a semi-arid grassland: La Crau, France

Using vegetation surveys and modelling, we explore the interplay between the resilience of vegetation communities and plant-plant interactions in the protected semi-arid grassland of La Crau, France (see Génin et al. 2021).

Early-warning signals of degradation in ecological systems

I contribute to developing indicators of ecosystem degradation based on their stability properties and spatial structure, using (e.g.) aerial images. I created and update regularly an R package, spatialwarnings to compute these indicators in real and model ecological systems (see Génin et al. 2018).

Nature and Photography

As many ecologists, I am fond of wildlife, which makes me embark on various nature-related adventures.


Poids-plume (Featherweight in french) is a collaborative experiment, based on Raspberry-pi-powered feeders that weigh and take videos of birds (and other visitors!). Feel free to visit the home page of the experiment, or the twitter account. Please contact me if you would like to participate!

Le Saule Causeur

A collective blog (in french) that aims at teaching the spark of knowledge we need to read and understand our natural environment !


I am an enthusiastic although occasional photographer. I maintain here a regular blog with pictures from travels, field work or just daily walks. Whatever comes, really !

Reaching me ↓


Address in the Netherlands
Copernicus Institute
Vening Meineszgebouw A
Princetonlaan 8a
3584 CB Utrecht

Address in Chile
Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas
Osvaldo Marín 1672
Las Cruces, Comuna El Tabo,
V Región

Social networks

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Last update: Sep-2020

News ↓

January 10, 2020

New paper! Mapping hotspots of potential ecosystem fragility, Biological Conservation

June 17, 2019

Just received the dissertation award from the Paris Complex Systems Institute!

January 8, 2019 - I'm on national radio!

La Série Documentaire - L'écologie ou la mort

November 13, 2018 - Just graduated!

PDF of dissertation

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