The unit research themes cover a gradient of fields ranging from evolution sciences to environmental sciences, including evolutionary ecology and functional ecology. These themes are developed at different levels of organization, from the individual to the ecosystem. The main objects of study are aquatic environments and the organisms that inhabit them.
The particular characteristics of these environments offer a great diversity of environmental situations allowing us to tackle many fundamental as well as more finalised themes:
Our objective is to identify, characterize and quantify the relationships between processes involved in the functioning and evolution of biodiversity in natural and anthropized hydrosystems. To do this, we mobilize a set of strengths, skills and strong disciplinary expertise around a common will to work at the interfaces, in a triple approach combining functional ecology, evolutionary ecology and environmental sciences. Thus our objective remains the understanding of natural and anthropized hydrosystems but with an emphasis on mechanisms, multi-causality and temporal and/or spatial scale changes.