CAZELLES Kevin

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  • Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada
  • Biodiversity, Biogeography, Climate change, Coexistence, Community ecology, Food webs, Macroecology, Meta-analyses, Spatial ecology, Metacommunities & Metapopulations, Species distributions, Statistical ecology
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I regard myself as a theoretician/data scientist motivated by a strong desire to apply the results of abstract investigations to tangible challenges such as the impact of land-use change on ecological networks.

During my PhD, I investigated the relationship between biotic interactions and species co-occurrence. Species's range limits are indeed not only affected by abiotic factors (such as precipitations and temperature), but they also are determined by the biological context. Although this was first suggested years ago, researchers are still struggling to find adequate approaches that appropriately include all of these factors which are key towards accurate predictions of tomorrow's biodiversity. I have found some promising research avenues to elucidate the conditions under which biotic factors cannot be neglected to predict species' distribution. In the post-doctoral project I have started in June of 2017, I am striving to apply the results of my PhD on the fish communities of the Ontario's lakes.

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