Alexis earned his MS degree in Ecology and Ethology at the University of Saint-Étienne, France and BS degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Grenoble, France. His MS thesis work (PDF available here) was conducted in the United States in the MabLab where he studied parental investment and reproductive success of Wood Storks (Mycteria americana). This project is part of a larger project to investigate the spatiotemporal dynamics of Wood Storks in the landscape, and notably their migration patterns (PhD thesis of Simona Picardi). Several working hypotheses have been put forward such as the increase in parental investment during the offspring development and its potential impact on the differential reproductive success between breeding pairs. This work will allow us to recognize the signature of nesting in GPS tracks, and ultimately retrospectively estimate reproductive success in Wood Storks over more than 10 years of monitoring, without nesting data from field work. His paper on parental investment and reproductive success in Wood Storks is currently in preparation for submission, and available as a preprint on bioRxiv.
Alexis’s research interests include ecology, behavioral ecology, evolutionary ecology, and wildlife conservation. He is particularly interested in investigating the impact of human-caused land-use and climate changes on biodiversity, and proposing appropriate conservation strategies in this context.
Despite many attempts, Alexis did not find a PhD after his master’s degree. Alexis is currently working as an IT development engineer for Sopra Steria, a digital services company in Grenoble (France). He works on the development of web applications for large companies.