Prof. Michel Loreau

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Prof. Michel Loreau  

Department of Biology
McGill University
1205, avenue Docteur Penfield
Montréal, Québec H3A 1B1

Phone: +1 514 398 37 78
Fax: +1 514 398 39 80

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After receiving his PhD from the Free University of Brussels (ULB, Belgium), Michel Loreau was research assistant and senior research assistant of the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium), assistant lecturer and lecturer at the Free University of Brussels, and programme manager at the Science Policy Office (Belgium).

He was the winner of the Paul Brien Prize (Belgium), the Competition for Travel Grants (Belgium), the Annual Competition of the Royal Academy of Belgium, the Agathon De Potter Prize of the Royal Academy of Belgium, the Max Poll Prize of the Royal Academy of Belgium, the International Ecology Institute Prize (Germany), and finalist, with the BIODEPTH project, of the Descartes Prize of the European Union.

Prof. Loreau is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Ecology, Ecological Monographs, The American Naturalist, Ecology Letters and Public Library of Science Biology and of the Advisory Board of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. In addition, he is chairman of the Scientific Committee of DIVERSITAS, the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Biodiversity (organised in 2005 by the French government), and of the Steering Committee of the European Science Foundation programme Linking community and ecosystem ecology (LINKECOL). Prof. Loreau also serves on numerous Scientific Committees and teaches ecology at Pierre and Marie Curie University and at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is the director of the postgraduate programme (DEA) in ecology of Pierre and Marie Curie University, the University of Paris-Sud and the National Agricultural Institute of Paris-Grignon.

Prof. Loreau is the author of over 170 scientific publications in the fields of theoretical ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, population ecology and evolutionary ecology. His current research aims to synthesise the disparate fields of ecosystem functioning and community organisation and diversity. He develops theory and modelling at the interface between community ecology, evolutionary ecology and ecosystem ecology, in interaction with experimental work on diversified systems, both terrestrial and aquatic, and in both the field and the laboratory. His main research theme in this area is the link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (productivity, nutrient cycling, stability, response to perturbations).