The Alpine Marmot Project

Welcome to the Alpine Marmot Project

Cindy Canale

Post-doctorante 2013-2016

Postdoctoral fellow 2013-2016

Post-doctor

Post-doctorante 2013-2016

Post-doctorante 2013-2016

Post-doctorante 2013-2016

Projects

Conservation physiology may be defined as the application of physiological theory, approaches and tools to elucidate and address conservation problems with the aim to provide a mechanistic understanding of how environmental disturbances and threatening processes impact physiological responses and thereby ecological function, population persistence, and species survival.” Seebacher & Franklin 2012

My research topics encompass different concepts such as eco-physiology, evolutionary biology, population dynamics, immuno-ecology, reproductive biology and behavioural ecology. My multidisciplinary research allows me to respond to various issues raised in the physiology of conservation.

“Conservation physiology may be defined as the application of physiological theory, approaches and tools to elucidate and address conservation problems with the aim to provide a mechanistic understanding of how environmental disturbances and threatening processes impact physiological responses and thereby ecological function, population persistence, and species survival.” Seebacher & Franklin 2012

Effects of climate change on the population dynamics of alpine marmots (Marmota marmota)

Understanding and predicting the impact of climate change on biodiversity is a real scientific challenge and a major economic as well as societal one. The scientific objective of our project is to develop an integrated and mechanistic approach to understanding the causes and consequences of climate change surrounding the alpine marmot. This project is innovative and unique because it is one of the first studies to combine physiological, demographic and evolutionary mechanisms and integrate them into a mathematical model to predict the state of alpine ecosystems in 20-30 years’ time, and so guide the current management methods to achieve desirable objectives.

Fundings

2013-2014 Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (programme « People » du 7e PCRD)

2011-2012 Claude Leon Fundation postdoctoral grant, Afrique du Sud

2007-2010 Research allocation – Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, France

Publications

Canale C.I., Ozgul A., Allaine D., Cohas A. (2016) Differential plasticity of size and mass to environmental change in a hibernating mammal. Global Change Biology, 22: 3286-303. pdf