My PhD, as part of the BIOSTASES project, aims to develop dynamical models of ecological communities to determine how the pattern and strength of species interactions shape community composition, functioning and stability along spatial and temporal environmental gradients. The goal is to identify under which conditions smooth or abrupt changes in community composition, functioning and stability occur in space and time, considering different types of species interactions (e.g., prey-predator, competitive, mutualistic). We expect that communities showing abrupt changes in space will also show abrupt changes under temporal environmental changes. We will use empirical data obtained from the literature to identify ecosystems showing abrupt changes in space and might thus show the same pattern under future climate changes.
Dec. 2016 - Dec. 2019: PhD in Theoretical Ecology and modelling at CBTM (CNRS SETE- UMR 5321)."Community stability and turnover in changing environments.” Supervisor: Michel Loreau.
2015 - 2016: Master degree in Ecology and Environmental Science (EBEN, UPS-ENSAT). Master Thesis: "Study of phenology-performance relationships in a Fagus sylvatica population, using a process-based model”. URFM, INRA Avignon. Supervisors: Sylvie Oddou-Muratorio and Hendrik Davi.
2015 (Jun-Aug) and 2016 (Aug): Internships at Alpine Wildlife Research Centre (GPNP, Italy). "Study of zooplankton and benthic communities in artificial and proglacial alpine lakes.” Supervisor: Rocco Tiberti.
2013 - 2016: Master degree in Agronomical Sciences. Specialization in environmental science. (Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse, ENSAT).
2011 - 2013: Undergraduate studies in Biology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Geology (BCPST, Toulouse).
Liautaud K., Barbier M. & Loreau M.
(2020) - Ecotone formation through ecological niche construction : the role of biodiversity and species interactions. - Ecography 43: 1–10
Liautaud K., van Nes E., Barbier M., Scheffer M. & Loreau M.
(2019) - Superorganisms or loose collections of species? A unifying theory of community patterns along environmental gradients. - Ecology Letters 22: 1243-1252