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Joined our team: March 2016 (internship), beginning of doctoral research in November 2016
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Conservation of a very rare annual fugitive species: Lythrum thesioides.
Lythrum 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. My research focuses on this specific population. My goal is to improve our knowledge of the species’ biology, and of this population in particular, so that we can define management practices that will ensure its conservation.
In particular my research focuses on:
- The germination ecology of thesioides and other annual Lythrum found in Mediterranean temporary ponds;
- A seed bank study;
- A study of the ecological niche of annual Lythrum that includes plant surveys and the experimental management of wetlands.
- The ecology of temporary Mediterranean ponds
- Conservation of plant populations and species
- Study of the genus Lythrum
- MSc in Engineering, Biodiversity Ecology and Management, University of Montpellier
- BSc in Ecology, the Biology of Organisms, University of Montpellier
Supervision of students
- Volunteer internships of BSc students (Amélie Granger, Solène Baillet).
Teaching at the University of Montpellier
- 2017-2018: Integrative Biology, first year class, 30 hours of teaching
- 2016-2017: Angiosperms: Phylogeny and Floristics, third year class, 40 hours of teaching
Gazaix A., Grillas P., Rhazi L. & Mesterházy A., 3 May 2017, « Is Lythrum thesioides a mediteranean species, consequences for conservation », European Conservation Pond Network Workshop, Faro (Portugal).
Find below the most recent publications of Antoine Gazaix, or see the full list on the Tour du Valat’s documentary web portal:
- Heterogeneous forest structures favor persistence of the grassland Mediterranean geophyte Gagea lacaitaede Hugo Fontes, Antoine Gazaix, Guillaume Papuga In Botany Letters, 166:4 (October, 2019), 487-498 En ligne : www.tandfonline.com[...] Land use changes in the northern Mediterranean basin threaten our ability to conserve its habitats and species. Reduced grazing has led to local declines in grassland species and colonization by ... read more
- A history of discoveries and disappearances of the rare annual plant Lythrum thesioides M.Bieb.: new insights into its ecology and biologyde Antoine Gazaix, Mario Klesczewski, Michel-Ange Bouchet, Manuel Cartereau, James Molina, Henri Michaud, Serge D. Muller, Lionel Pirsoul, Perrine Gauthier, Patrick Grillas, et al. In Botany Letters, Online (November, 2019), 1-11 En ligne : www.tandfonline.com[...] Mediterranean temporary pools are threatened ecosystems that host a unique plant community, mostly ... read more