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Université Claude Bernard - Lyon1- (UCBL)

The Laboratory of Fluvial Hydrosytem Ecology Laboratory (LEHF) is part of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL), which ranks among the top five universities in France. The LEHF is a major and internationally linked research unit in France which develops basic and applied research on the structure, function and evolution of biodiversity in aquatic systems. The staff includes 38 scientists, 13 PhD candidates, and 17 technical and administrative staffs. Research tackles patterns and processes at multiple biological levels (from populations to ecosystems), scale (local to global) and organisms (fishes, amphibians, and invertebrates). The LEHF has contributed to several national and European biodiversity data bases for fishes, groundwater invertebrates and aquatic species traits. Scientists have a longstanding experience in analyzing biodiversity patterns at multiple scales and testing ecological/evolutionary hypotheses using either species-occurrence data (multivariate statistics and modelling approach) or molecular markers (phylogeographic and phylogenetic reconstructions). The LEHF holds one of the world-leading research team on groundwater ecology which led the EU-PASCALIS project and was involved in the EU-FAME project as a partner.

Florian Malard

Florian Malard (PhD) is a CNRS researcher in groundwater ecology at the laboratory of fluvial hydrosytem ecology laboratory (LEHF). He has a long experience on the function of local groundwater communities and the impact of multiple anthropogenic pressures on groundwater ecosystems. Over the last ten years, he has acquired special expertise in the analysis of European groundwater biodiversity patterns with a strong emphasis on conservation strategies. He has published 89 papers including 62 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He was WP leader of the EU-project PASCALIS and editor in chief of the sampling manual for the assessment of regional groundwater biodiversity.


David Eme

David Eme is making his PhD thesis within the framework of the BioFresh European project. His reserach focusses on the role of history, especially Quaternary climatic events, and dispersal in shaping the present-day distribution patterns of obligate groundwater crustaceans in Europe. He is involved in the development of a distributional data base of groundwater crustacean species in Europe and is using a phylogeographical approach on the genus Proasellus (Asellidae, Isopoda) for identifying the main refugial areas and postglacial dispersal pathways in Europe. His reserach work also implies the use of phylogenetic diversity for setting conservation priorities.


Christophe Douady

Christophe Douady (PhD) is an associate professor in evolutionary biology at the laboratory of fluvial hydrosytem ecology laboratory (LEHF) and is a member of The University Institute of France. He is an expert in phylogenetic, tokogenetic and phylogeographical reconstructions from both methodological and biological points of view. Since his arrival in the laboratory he has developed seminal tools to analyze and detect cryptic biodiversity in groundwater taxa. He has published 45 scientific papers (30+ ISI papers) including publications in leading journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Genetics, Annual Revue of Genetics or PNAS.


April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/