Christopher Carcaillet was born in Brittany, France, in 1965. He received his M.A. degree in land management in 1992 from the University of Rennes 1 (France), his Ph.D. degree in ecology in 1996 from the U. of Aix-Marseille 3 (Marseille, France), and his Habilitation in ecology in 2001 from the U. Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). From 1997 to 1999, he was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Geography at the U. of Montreal (Canada). Between 1999 and 2001, he has been a Research Fellow in the Department of Forest Vegetation Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Umeå, Sweden). Since 2001, he serves as a Professor at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), and he served as the Director of the Center for Bio-Archaeology and Ecology (CNRS, Montpellier, France) from 2003 to 2010. Since 2007, he works as the Head of the Paleoenvironments and Chronoecology laboratory (EPHE, Montpellier, France). He serves as an Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Forest Research and as an Associate Editor for Ecoscience. He is interested in the influence of climatic and anthropogenic processes, which influence the pattern of plant communities or ecosystems in space and time. His main research focuses on the paleoecology of fire in relation to climatic changes and plant diversity dynamics in boreal, mountain and Mediterranean areas. Since few years, he is also studying the interactions between snow avalanches or insect diseases with the socioecological systems.
Biography Updated on 18 January 2011