Patrick Coquillard is an Associate Professor at the Nice-Sophia Antipolis University, Nice, France. He holds a Ph.D. in plant-vegetation ecology (and later had a State Thesis). He also has an M.S. degree in computer science (application to scientific computations). Since 2008, Coquillard integrated the National Institute for Research in Agronmy (INRA) in the Behavioural and Molecular Ecology Team of the institute of Sophia Antipolis. His main scientific interests are functional ecology: role of space in population dynamics from the individual point of view, land (heathlands) and forest ecosystems, interface of these two kind of biocenosis, particularly in the substitution phase (afforestation phase), analysis of invasive species in the Mediterranean Sea (Caulerpa taxifolia and C. racemosa), and simulation of the potential biocontrol by means of an Ascoglossian slug (Elysia subornata); behavioural ecology and evolutionary ecology: simulation of the behaviour of parasitoid insects, importance of learning abilities within fluctuant density of hosts, research of optimal traits by means of Genetic algorithms (GA programming); computer science: individual-based modeling of biological and ecological systems, methods for multiscales modelling, activity tracking for optimizing computational processes, and research of optimal combinations of parameters of multicomponent systems undergoing fluctuant environments in order to reduce the cost of (phenotypic) plasticity.
Biography Updated on 21 March 2011