Macroecology

Macroecology is the ecology of large spatial and/or temporal scale. The study at large ecological scales is a quest for the generality of ecological understanding (McGill 2019). I strongly think that studying broad scale phenomena help transcend the observed variability and contingency at local scale.

What methodological interest of macroecology is that it sollicits big datasets, which represent unique challenges both conceptually and technically. These big datasets help answer new questions irreducible to individual studies at local scale.

This use of big datasets need specific tools to manipulate them efficiently, access them seamlessly, and help answer new associated questions.

I am particularly interested in the challenges offered by macroecology from its search of generality, to the aggregation of data, which cannot be separated for the need of appropriate tools.

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Matthias Grenié
Postdoctoral Researcher

Publications

The quantity and quality of ecological data have rapidly increased in the last decades, bringing ecology into the realm of big data. …

  1. The process of standardizing taxon names, taxonomic name harmonization, is necessary to properly merge data indexed by taxon names. …

Trait-based ecology aims to understand the processes that generate the overarching diversity of organismal traits and their influence …

Identifying species that are both geographically restricted and functionally distinct, i.e. supporting rare traits and functions, is of …

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Dietary strategies are key to understanding species’ resource use, relationships with environment and biotic interactions. We …

Characterizing functional diversity has become central in ecological research and for biodiversity assessment. Understanding the role …

  1. Pollination niches are important components of ecological niches and have played a major role in the diversification of Angiosperms. …