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Themes: Science-Society Interfaces | Management and restoration of Natural and Agricultural ecosystems

Contact: e-mail [1] | +33 (0)4 90 97 29 78

Joined our team: April 2008

Personal page: Research Gate profile [2]


Research interests and expertise

I am attempting to assess the conservation status of the biodiversity associated with Mediterranean wetlands.

Using different means – Red Lists, censuses, expert opinions, and specialised literature– I try to chart the changes that have occurred over time in communities of species. The various anthropogenic pressures, such as habitat loss, climate disorders, as well as hunting leave a signature on the communities. On the contrary, designating protected areas or forbidding the harvesting of plants and animals are supposed to have a positive impact on these same communities. Measuring changes makes it possible to prioritise the threats that have a negative impact on biodiversity, and to evaluate whether the conservation actions undertaken are effective.

Since my research targets decision-makers in the first place, the results of my studies are generally presented in the form of indicators such as the Living Planet Index, Red List Index, Community Temperature Index, and Ecosystem Resilience Index.

My evaluation work concerns all wetland-dependent species regardless of their taxonomic group; however, birds are group on which I focus the most, in particular, because it is the group whose biology and demographic trends are best known.

See Thomas Galewski’s CV [3]

Current and past projects conducted at the Tour du Valat

Conservation status and biodiversity trends in Mediterranean wetlands [4] Impact of human pressure on waterbirds wintering in Mediterranean wetlands [5]
Estimating long-term biodiversity trends in the Camargue [6]


Supervision of students


Find below the most recent publications of Thomas Galewski, or see the full list [7] on the Tour du Valat’s documentary web portal: