Alexandre Génin

Ph.D. student at the University of Montpellier [2015-2018]

Supervised bySonia Kéfi


Personal webpage:Alex’s webpage

Over the course of my PhD program, my research focuses on studying the resilience of ecosystems, i.e. their capacity of recovery after a perturbation. How can the resilience of a complex object such as an ecosystem be measured ? Which variables underpin this resilience, and in particular how do ecological interaction networks play a role ? I investigate these questions by using a mixed approach involving mathematical modelling and an observational approach in the arid steppe of La Crau, France and Yosemite National Park, California.

Le saule causeurFrench speaking naturalist blog created by Alex and friends


Génin, A., T. Dutoit, A. Danet, A. le Priol, S. Kéfi. 2021.Grazing and the vanishing complexity of plant association networks in grasslands.
Oikos. 130(4): 541-552.

Génin, A., S. Lee, E.L. Berlow, S. Ostoja, S. Kéfi. 2020.Mapping hotspots of potential ecosystem fragility using commonly available spatial data.
Biological Conservation. 241: 108388.

Génin, A., S. Majumder, S. Sankaran, A. Danet, V. Guttal, F.D. Schneider, S. Kéfi. 2018. Monitoring ecosystem degradation using spatial data and the R package spatialwarnings.Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 9(10): 2067-2075.

Génin, A., S. Majumder, S. Sankaran, F.D. Schneider, A. Danet, M. Berdugo, V. Guttal, S. Kéfi. 2018. Spatially heterogeneous stressors can alter the performance of indicators of regime shifts.Ecological Indicators. 94(1): 520-533.

Donohue, I., O.L. Petchey, S. Kéfi,A. Génin, A.L. Jackson, Q. Yang, N.E. O’Connor. 2017.Loss of predator species, not intermediate consumers, triggers rapid and dramatic extinction cascades. Global Change Biology. 23(8): 2962-2972.

Lee, S.R., Berlow, E.L., Ostoja, S.M., Brooks, M.L.,Génin, A., Matchett, J.R.,et al.(2017). A multi-scale evaluation of pack stock effects on subalpine meadow plant communities in the Sierra Nevada.PLOS ONE, 12, e0178536.[link]

Génin, A.,Richard, G., Jouma’a, J., Picard, B., El Ksabi, N., Vacquié Garcia, J.,et al.(2015). Characterization of postdive recovery using sound recordings and its relationship to dive duration, exertion, and foraging effort of southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina).Marine Mammal Science, 31, 1452–1470.[pdf]

Richard, G., Vacquie-Garcia, J., Jouma’a, J., Picard, B.,Génin, A., Arnould, J.P.Y.,et al.(2014). Variation in body condition during the post-moult foraging trip of southern elephant seals and its consequences on diving behaviour.Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 2609–2619.[pdf]