Eric Chauvet obtained his M.S. degree in natural sciences in 1978 at the University of Nantes, Nantes, France, and his Ph.D. degree in ecology in 1989 at the University of Toulouse, Toulouse, France. He got a permanent position as CNRS Researcher in 1984 and is presently CNRS Senior Scientist at EcoLab-Toulouse. He has been working on the diversity of aquatic fungi, their role in leaf litter breakdown and organic matter dynamics in stream ecosystems for more than 20 years. He is especially interested in the evaluation of various anthropogenic impacts on the decomposition of leaf litter and related biodiversity issues. He has coordinated several national and international projects like the EU-funded RivFunction, aiming at assessing the functional stream integrity using leaf decomposition as a key process and the interplay between decomposers diversity and decomposition patterns and rates. He has led a project on the influence of forest management on litter breakdown and the diversity of macroinvertebrate and microbial decomposers in woodland streams. He has been recently involved in the national project InBioProcess (Linking biodiversity and ecological processes in the subsurface/surface water interfaces for sustainable groundwater management) and the EU/ESF-project BioCycle (Biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles: a search for mechanisms across ecosystems). Chauvet has been the head of research units (80 permanent staff) up to 2010. He has published 69 papers in ISI-referenced journals in ecology and limnology and contributed to 5 book chapters; he has given more than 140 communications in national and international congresses and symposia. He has organized PLPF4 (4th International Meeting on Plant Litter Processing in Freshwaters) in Toulouse in 2005.
Biography Updated on 2 October 2011