Aurore A. Maureaud

Former BGC Member
Area of Interest: 
marine biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, macroecology, open science

I am a quantitative ecologist with a strong interest for marine life and the complexity of ecosystems. I am curious about the applicability of ecological hypotheses in different systems and I am a research communication enthusiast. I like combining theoretical and applied ecology because I think these two disciplines need synergies to protect the integrity of ecosystems. To this end, my work combines statistical analysis of large-scale observations with numerical modeling.

Before starting at Yale, I studied fisheries management in France and I completed my Ph.D. in Denmark at the Centre for Ocean Life, DTU Aqua (National Institute for Aquatic Resources). My research was focused on ecosystem functioning, and particularly on how species diversity and the environment influence ecosystem processes in fish communities. A great deal of my interests also lies in human-induced impacts on marine biodiversity and ecosystem functions, and especially fisheries and climate change.

To protect marine biodiversity and ecosystems, I believe our science needs to be transparent, and part of my research is focused on enhancing open science, increasing the visibility of scientific data sources, and developing global research cooperation.

At Yale, I will work on modeling species spatial distributions to study the geographical variation of marine biodiversity across taxonomic groups. I am interested in exploring marine and terrestrial biodiversity across ecosystems and scales, and how it can inform species conservation. Part of my work will focus on modeling the distribution of marine invertebrates for the Map of Life project.

Lab Specialty Group: 
Taxon Experts
Selected Publications: 

-Maureaud A. et al. (2021) Are we ready to track climate-driven changes in marine species across international boundaries? – A global survey of scientific bottom trawl data, Global Change Biology 

-Maureaud A. et al. (2020) Trait-based food web model reveals the underlying mechanisms of biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships, Journal of Animal Ecology

-Maureaud A. et al. (2019) Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships in fish communities: biomass is related to evenness and the environment, not to species richness, Proceedings of the Royal Society B

-Maureaud A. et al. (2017) Global change in the trophic functioning of marine food webs, PloS One

Major Taxa: 
marine invertebrates
Major Study Region: 
Where You're From: 
Diving, biking, painting, music, cinema