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


Stanislas RIGAL

PhD student (Montpellier University)

Stan develops new methods to study spatio-temporal population dynamics in long-term datasets (co-supervised with Vincent Devictor).



MarieCurie Postdoc (Montpellier University)

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



M2 master thesis (Sorbonne University)

Antoine is modelling the interactions between seagrass meadows and carbon storage in coastal ecosystems (co-supevised with Elisa Thebault). 


M2 master thesis (Montpellier University)

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


MEME master student (Montpellier University)

Clem is studying how phenotypic variation affects the propagation of tipping points in metapopulation networks.


M1 master student (Montpellier University)

Lucie estimates the relationship between resilient properties in ecological models with alternative stable states (co-supervised with Sonia Kefi). 

Leonard HEINRY

M1 master student (Montpellier University)

Leonard is developing a model for understanding how bumblebees can induce flowering in plants  (co-supervised with Fotini Paschalidou).

Latest News

Special issue on Earth System resilience now open for submissions


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Unveiling dimensions of stability in complex ecological networks

Understanding what determines the stability of ecological communities is one of the oldest questions asked in ecology, an issue that has become even more pressing in the current context of[…]

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December 6, 2019 0

The Mathematics of Climate and the Environment – Workshop – Paris

Coming week (2-6 December 2019) at the Institute Poincare in Paris, a workshop on “Coupled climate-ecology-economy modeling” will take place. Check here for the detailed workshop programme.    

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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