Quantifying Resilience

in ecology and evolution under global environmental change


Resilience and Tipping points

Understanding resilience and abrupt shifts in ecology and earth sciences, climate and human systems at different temporal and spatial scales

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Early-Warning Signals

Methods and tools for operationalizing resilience indicators  to quantify the risk of tipping points for research and management

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Ecological dynamics: trends and patterns

Analysis of trends and statistical patterns in ecological and environmental variables to map system vulnerability

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Eco-evolutionary tipping points

A fundamental theoretical understanding that integrates evolutionary processes in ecological models of ecosystem tipping points 

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Selected publications

Full list of publications

Ecosystem tipping points in an evolving world

Dakos V, Matthews B, Hendry AP, Levine J, Loeuille N, Norberg J, Nosil P, Scheffer M, De Meester L (2019). Nature Ecology & Evolution 3(3), 355–362

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Slowing down as an early warning signal for abrupt climate change

Dakos V, Scheffer M, van Nes EH, Brovkin V, Petoukhov V, Held H (2008) Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, 105(38), 14308-14312

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Advancing our understanding of ecological stability

Kéfi S, Domínguez‐García V, Donohue I, Fontaine C, Thébault E, Dakos V (2019). Ecology Letters, 22: 1349-1356

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Methods for Detecting Early Warnings of Critical Transitions in Time Series Illustrated Using Simulated Ecological Data

Dakos V, Carpenter SR, Brock WA, Ellison AM, Guttal V, Ives AR, Kéfi S, Livina V, Seekell DA, van Nes EH, Scheffer M (2012) PLoS ONE 7(7): e41010

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We are a small team but we are always open if you want to join us for a postdoc, phd, master or short research stays.

collaborators and past lab members

Vasilis DAKOS

CNRS researcher, Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM)
University of Montpellier, France



MarieCurie Postdoc (Montpellier University)

Martina is working on classifying forest dynamical trajectories under global change pressures  (co-supervised with Sonia Kefi).



PhD student (Montpellier University)

Maelys is trying to understand global population trends across taxa using big datasets (co-supevised with Vincent Devictor).



PhD student (Montpellier University)

Sirine is studying how eco-evolutionary dynamics affect tipping points events (co-supevised with Raoul Gael).



PhD student (Montpellier University)

Jhelam estimates how interventions can prevent propagation of disease in complex eco-evolutionary landscapes (co-supervised with Emanuel Fronhofer). 



PhD student (Montpellier University)

Mathieu is working on fisheries aiming to infer their resilience (co-supevised with Vincent Devictor).



visiting PhD student (Sorbonne University, Chinese Academy of Science)

Bo is a visiting PhD from the Institute of Geography and Limnology in Nanjing  interested in projecting the fate of chinese shallow lakes under future climate change.

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Prevalence and drivers of abrupt vegetation shifts in global drylands

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Ecological stability of lakes declining globally over time

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First submission to Peer Community in Ecology

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BioDICée team
Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (ISEM)
CNRS UMR 5554, Building 22, 2nd floor
Université de Montpellier – CC065,
place Eugène Bataillon
34095 Montpellier cedex 05, France

Current address: 
Sorbonne Université- Faculté de Sciences – iEES,
4, place Jussieu,
Tour 34-44, 5th Floor
75252 PARIS cedex 05

Tel: +33 1 44 27 34 03

vasilis.dakos [at] umontpellier.fr