Marc LebouvierDr. Marc Lebouvier

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique


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Marc is a research engineer at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Since 1987 he has participated in 13 summer campaigns in the sub-Antarctic islands for studies on the impacts of alien species and climate change on sub-Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems. From 2002 to 2013 he was leader of a research program supported by the French Polar Institute (IPEV) on the terrestrial flora and fauna of the French sub-Antarctic islands (Crozet, Kerguelen, Amsterdam, and Saint-Paul) in the Southern Indian Ocean. Since 2007 he has coordinated the French Antarctic and sub-Antarctic LTER, which mainly focuses on monitoring changes occurring in organisms, populations, and ecosystems due to the combined impacts of human activities and climate change. He has published > 50 research papers (current H Index 15).

In connection with his research experience in subpolar regions, since 2009 Marc has been a member of the French Committee for Polar Environment, and of the Scientific Committee of the French Southern Lands Natural Reserve. He also is, since 2011, a member of the French delegation at the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and at the Committee for Environmental Protection.

Marc Lebouvier is also co-manager of a database on terrestrial invertebrates and plants of the French sub-Antarctic islands. This database on the distribution and abundance of native and introduced species gathers the observations collected by scientists and by agents of the Nature Reserve.


Key Publications 

Charrier M, Marie A, Guillaume D, Bedouet L, Le Lannic J, Roiland C, Berland S, Pierre J-S, Le Floch M, Frenot ,Y and Lebouvier M (2013) Soil calcium availability influences shell ecophenotype formation in the sub-Antarctic land snail Notodiscus hookeri. PLoSOne, 8: e84527. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084527

Chown SL, Huiskes AHL, Gremmen NJM, Lee JE, Terauds A, Crosbie K, Frenot Y, Hughes KA, Imura S, Kiefer K, Lebouvier M, Raymond B, Tsujimoto M, Ware C, Van de Vijver B, and Bergstrom DM (2012) Continent-wide risk assessment for the establishment of nonindigenous species in Antarctica. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 109: 4938-4943. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1119787109

Lebouvier M, Laparie M, Hullé M, Marais A, Cozic Y, Lalouette L, Vernon P, Candresse T, Frenot Y, and Renault D (2011) The significance of the sub-Antarctic Kerguelen Islands for the assessment of the vulnerability of native communities to climate change, alien insect invasions and plant viruses. Biological Invasions, 13: 1195-1208. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-011-9946-5

Chapuis J-L, Frenot Y, and Lebouvier M (2004) Recovery of native plant communities after eradication of rabbits from the subantarctic Kerguelen Islands, and influence of climate change. Biological Conservation, 117: 167-179. DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00290-8

Frenot Y, Gloaguen J-C, Massé L and Lebouvier M (2001) Human activities, ecosystem disturbance and plant invasions in subantarctic Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam Islands. Biological Conservation, 101: 33-50. DOI: 10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00052-0