Jonathan Lenoir, Dr.
Unit "Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés"Jules Verne University of Picardie
- Positon: Assistant Professor in biostatistics;
- Keywords: Biodiversity, Climate change, Dispersal, Ecoinformatics, Macroecology, Range shifts, Species distribution;
- Research interests: My background is forestry sciences and I'm mostly interested in studying impacts of environmental changes (present and past) on current plant species distribution and diversity. I usually work with survey-based data like vegetation-plot data to answer ecological questions involving the field of ecoinformatics, a novel quantitative bioinformatics approach to ecology. By using ecoinformatics, I aim to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms that drives biogeographic species distribution and diversity patterns. During my PhD, I worked on plant species distribution modelling along the elevation gradient within French mountains (the Vosges, the Jura, the Massif Central, the Alps, the Pyrénées and the Corsican range) to assess shifts in the optimum elevation position of plant species during the recent climate warming event. During my PostDoc, I worked on the importance of historical and dispersal factors to explain contemporary plant species diversity patterns at plot-scale resolutions and across continental-scale extents;
- Current research activities: I'm currently working on a project which aims at assessing the potential importance of topographic variability in buffering contemporary climate change in Northern Europe. This project runs in parallel with other reserach projects in a Nordic Network (StayOrGo). I'm also involved in several other research projects related to the importance of biotic interactions in species distribution (CBIONET).
- Role in smallFOREST: Within smallFOREST, I will be involved in some of the field work activities and I will mainly help analysing the data collected within the network.