Dr. Marion Chatelain (PhD)


Postoctoral Ressearcher in Urban Ecology

(currently at the Applied & Trophic Ecology Lab, IoE, UIBK)

During my research career, I specialized on the effects of anthropogenic modifications of the natural environment, including chemical pollution emission in the context of urbanisation, on wildlife. I obtained a Master’s degree in Evolutionary Ecology from the National Museum of Natural History of Paris in 2012. Thereafter, I carried out my PhD research on the role of melanin-based plumage colouration in coping with high levels of metallic trace elements (MTEs) in cities at the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences of Paris (Pierre & Marie Curie University; 2012-2015). After completion of my PhD, I investigated the effects of MTEs on earthworm communities and habitat choice behaviour (2015-2016) as assistant lecturer at Pierre & Marie Curie University where I taught ecology, evolution and statistical methods in the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. In October 2016, I obtained a two-year POLONEZ grant (Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND, Horizon 2020 framework) to work in the Wild Urban Evolution and Ecology Lab (Center of New Technologies, University of Warsaw) on the effects of MTEs on great and blue tit oxidative stress and fitness in a gradient of urbanisation.

            In the context of global changes and the worldwide expansion of cities, I believe that urban evolutionary ecology is a key research field in ecology from now-on and for the next decades. Indeed, this field is necessary to 1) address current concerns on the effects of urban natural settings on wildlife, 2) understand whether urban populations are sustainable, 3) understand if and how urbanisation may influence the evolution of life, and 4) help lowering the human footprint on the environment and build greener cities.



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