Summer School "Ecology and Society: Frontiers and Boundaries" / 3 - 7 June 2019

Ecosystems societies Climate change Forests Hydrosystems Atmosphere Biodiversity Agrosystems Pressures Impacts Modelling Pollution Ecotoxicology Biogeochimical cycles Ecology Adaptability

Group - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Hôtel Chateau Latour - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Crédit, G.Loubota

Welcome !



Fieldtrip Ciron - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Visiting Bordeaux

Round table on global change

Boat trip

Welcome !

Field trip - Salles

Field Trip

Dégustation - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

City trip - Crédits photo LabEx COTE


Dune du Pyla

Wine tasting - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Ciron Valley - Crédits photo LabEx COTE

Visiting Bordeaux

Imports and exports of models in ecology: what works and what doesn’t

Ecology has a rich history of integrating knowledge from multiple scientific disciplines, such as chemistry, mathematics, information theory, economics, ... Taking a historical perspective, from Lotka and Volterra to modern-day ecologists, I investigate how some key models and ideas imported in ecology from other disciplines fared in the subsequent ecological literature.

Using these lessons from the past, I try to pinpoint ways that make the transfer of concepts from one discipline to the next useful, and eventually successful - as well as arguably unforeseeable mistakes. Finally, I scrutinize ecological concepts and models that are currently proposed to help other disciplines, especially social sciences aiming at understanding global changes, and I attempt to use past lessons to predict their (likely) fate.