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 (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.
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.
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.