Olivier Gimenez, Ph.D., is an ecological statistician studying animal demography. Olivier is a CNRS senior research scientist working in the Biostatistics and Population Biology group and head of the Biodiversity and Conservation department at Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (Montpellier, France).
Data collected in the wild being noisy observations of demographic process (survival, reproduction and dispersal), I favour hidden structure modelling often via a Bayesian approach (but not only). With students and colleagues I’m so lucky to have, we focus on questions in ecology with the impact of climate change and human pressures on population dynamics, in evolutionary ecology with the action of natural selection and life-history traits and in conservation biology with the management of large mammals (e.g., wolves, lynx, bears and dolphins). Related to the latter, we’ve become interested in human-wildlife conflicts and how interdisciplinary approaches (combining sociology, economy and demography in a modelling framework) can contribute to the coexistence of humans and animals.