Nicolas Schtickzelle received the M.A. degree in biology in 1997 and the Ph.D. degree in 2003 from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. His Ph.D. thesis focused on metapopulation dynamics and viability of the bog fritillary butterfly. When he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS, 2003–2007), he visited Dr. Jean Clobert's Laboratory (Paris) to develop the microcosms of Tetrahymena thermophila as a model system for experimental ecology studies, and Professor Thomas P. Quinn's Laboratory in the University of Washington (Seattle), where he wrote a synthetic paper on the application of the metapopulation concept to Pacific salmon. Since 2007, he has been working at the Biodiversity Research Center of UCL as an F.R.S.-FNRS Research Associate and UCL lecturer. His research team (Quantitative Conservation Biology: www.uclouvain.be/quant-cons-biol) focuses on viability and dynamics of (meta)populations in a context of biodiversity conservation. More specifically, this team aims to study, quantitatively, and model systems, the effect of major perturbations on species viability. The model systems are mainly butterflies in nature, and Tetrahymena thermophila in laboratory microcosms. He serves also as the President of the Biodiversity Research Center of UCL, and he teaches conservation biology and biometry to students of biology and bioengineering.
Biography Updated on 21 August 2012