We are a group of ecologists interested in how Nature works, in an ecological and
evolutionary context. We work mainly at the organismal level, but we also deal with
population dynamics of consumer-resource interactions. All topics are approached
in a highly integrative and broadly defined fashion, and span at least two spatial
or temporal scales of inquires. The choice of topics and arthropod species is eclectic
on purpose, as common principles eventually emerge after a long maturation with each
subject. Quantification is the major conceptual tool we use, besides a lot of high-tech
equipment such as LDA, LDV, PIV, EC and high speed cameras. Our backgrounds reflect
this diversity: biologists, mathematicians and engineers.
Our current activities can be broadly split into six different areas:
(i) Nutrient acquisition and allocation in relation to the reproductive physiology
of parasitic wasps;
(ii) Biochemical and hormonal interplay in intimate insect-plant relationships such
(iii) Reversible colour mimetism in spiders and its neuroethological and biochemical
(iv) The cascading effect of an herbivore invasion on the population dynamics of
its parasitoids and their other hosts;
(v) The solid and fluid mechanics of insect life.
While definitely grounded in basic research, the group is also involved in
(vi) Bionics, through the design of flow sensing MEMS (micro electronic mechanical
We also want to increase our efforts in agroecology, through the understanding and
use of multitrophic interactions.