Louis DeharvengDr. Louis Deharveng

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle


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Dr. Louis Deharveng is Directeur de Recherche CNRS émérite in the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN), Paris, France. He works on Collembola on one hand, and on extreme habitats biodiversity on the other hand.

Louis’ work on Collembola, one of the dominant and least known arthropods in terrestrial habitats, aims at investigating their diversity from the level of species to communities, in the field of taxonomy and evolutionary diversification in relation to environmental changes. Concerning extreme environments, he is interested in the invertebrates of subterranean and of permanently cold habitats: their morphological diversity, biological adaptations and patterns of biodiversity at local to global scales. Fieldwork is central to his research. He has been involved or has coordinated a number of international biological expeditions, as well as several international and European projects in various regions of the world. Taxonomical training of students and postdoctoral researchers from all over the world has been an increasing part of his activities during recent years. Since 2007 he has co-coordinated an international consortium of taxonomists for barcoding the Collembola of the world. From 2009 to 2012, he managed the team of terrestrial invertebrate specialists in the first European ATBI, targeting the southern Franco-Italian Alps. For 12 years he has led a CNRS-MNHN team in Paris, a team that has grown to be one of the largest biodiversity research centers in Europe. The core of his publication record is the taxonomy of Collembola (more than 350 taxa described from Mediterranean region, Eastern Asia and the southern hemisphere), and the exploration of regional to global biodiversity patterns of subterranean fauna.

Regarding sub-Antarctic and Antarctic studies, Louis has published a major contribution to the knowledge of the Collembolan fauna of the Crozet and Kerguelen Islands, which are with mites the dominant Arthropod group in these islands.


Key publications


Deharveng L, Bedos A, Daugeron C, Villemant C, and Judson M (2015) Organization, usefulness and limitations of an ATBI (All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory): the inventory of terrestrial invertebrates in the Mercantour National Park. In Daugeron C, Deharveng L, Isaia M, Villemant C, and Judson M (eds): Mercantour/Alpi Marittime All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory. Zoosystema, 37: 9-30. DOI: 10.5252/z2015n1a1

Porco D, Skarzynski D, Decaëns T, Hebert PD, and Deharveng L (2014) Barcoding the Collembola of Churchill: a molecular taxonomic reassessment of species diversity in a sub-Arctic area. Molecular Ecology Resources, 14 (2): 249-261. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12172

Deharveng L (2004) Recent advances in Collembolan systematics. In Proc. 6th International Seminar on Apterygota, Siena (2002). Pedobiologia, 48: 415-433. DOI: 10.1016/j.pedobi.2004.08.001

Gibert J and Deharveng L (2002) Subterranean ecosystems: a truncated functional biodiversity. BioScience, 52(6): 473-481. DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2002)052[0473:SEATFB]2.0.CO;2

Deharveng L (1981) Collemboles des îles subantarctiques de l’Océan Indien. CNFRA, 48: 33-108.