• Complex systems and software engineering
  • Energy, Ecology, Environment
  • Social - Societal - Solidarity Innovation

Ecologie systématique et évolution

Research unit


The ecology laboratory, systematics and Evolution conducts research in ecology and evolution to study the biodiversity dynamics as well as the evolution and functioning of ecosystems. To do this, mathematical modeling is used as a tool of comprehension in addition to experiments and observations in situ. The study of the consequences of global changes, in particular climatic changes, on populations and ecosystems, has been studied from a genetic and phenotypic point of view in order to adapt public policies. The objective is to help provide decision-support tools to biodiversity and socio-agro-ecosystem managers. To carry out these studies, the laboratory has instrumental platforms in the forest (very large research infrastructure). The laboratory is in partnership with the Vinci chair on the study of vegetated roofs.



Innovation themes

Map and access

12 route 128

Our research areas


- diversity, Ecology and Microbial Evolution

- population and community ecology

- plant ecophysiology

- angiosperms evoluation

- evolutionary genetics and ecology

- ecological trajectories and society C22
- dynamics of organic matter in the soil
- Ecological Processes and Anthropic Pressures

Applications sectors

  • Construction / Architecture / Urban planning / Real Estate
  • Other business
  • Agri-food industry
  • Agriculture

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 139
Number of researchers : 53
Number of doctoral students : 34

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

Academics and industry:

Experimental station labeled Class I

Experimental platforms:

- greenhouse: specific service and cultivation equipment for plants production

- Barbeau forest: close to the Fontainebleau forest This is a heavily equipped flow tower (eddy-covariance) to measure the CO2 and water vapor exchanges between the forest and the atmosphere. The TGI-R platform is part of the European Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS)

- UNICELL: genomes and transcriptomes analysis of individual cells from complex communities (bacteria, archaea and unicellular eukaryotic cells (protists)


Our results

Valuation offer


5 patent families: optical sensors in collaboration with a company: 30 patents


6 software including CASTANEA: modeling of the functioning of forest ecosystems, modules packages for software R

Databases :

4 databases including PROTEUS on the morphology of flowering plants, data from the ICOS site of Barbeau

Projects examples

- study of the human impact activities on biodiversity

- functional and evolutionary plants genomics

- biological invasion

- study of urban agriculture (vegetated roof)

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

- France: ANR AM Tools (2012-2016), Network Tplus3 (2015-2016) Labex BASC, CIRED, VINCI Chair, Ecole des ponts, Paris 1 Sorbonne University, Office National des Forêts, Ecofor forest ecosystems

- Europe: Lausanne University, ecology and evolution department

Private collaborations

- France : Suez Environnement, Veolia, Vinci


Establishments of affiliation