Antoine Gazaix, PhD student in Tour du Valat /CEFE (Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive de Montpellier) from 2016 to 2019, successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Ecologie des Lythrum annuels des mares temporaires méditerranéennes. Applications à la conservation de L. thesioides dans les Costières de Nîmes”, within the framework of the doctoral school Biodiversity, Agriculture, Food, Environment, Earth, Water. His PhD was supervised by John Thompson and Patrick Grillas.
The thesis jury was very complimentary on the quantity and quality of the work produced and the originality of the approach to conservation. With great modesty and unfailing determination, Antoine has indeed produced work of great value. Antoine is already sailing towards new horizons, recruited at “Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels” in Picardie as a scientific researcher.
L. thesioides is a very rare annual species, which has been observed in only two wetlands in the world, both in the Gard Department in France. The most significant population was discovered in 2010, during the impact study for the high speed train line to be built between Nîmes and Montpellier. It is precisely on this population that his research was focused. The aim was to improve knowledge of the species’ biology and of this population in particular, so that we can define management practices that will ensure its conservation.
You can access the thesis via the link below.
Full bibliographic reference :
Gazaix, A. Ecologie des Lythrum annuels des mares temporaires méditerranéennes. Applications à la conservation de L. thesioides dans les Costières de Nîmes [Thèse]. Université de Montpellier, 2019. 263 p.