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Prof. Rodolphe Gozlan

Rodolphe Gozlan

Research Director
French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)
Rodolphe Gozlan, a 50 year old researcher (Director of research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, UMR ISEM) is an aquatic ecologist specialising in disease ecology (human & animal) to answer pertinent epidemiological questions about drivers of diseases emergence (One Health). With 26 years of research experience, including supervision of 23 postgraduate students and 13 postdoctoral research assistants, his research strategy is characterised by projects based on long term, large scale surveys and intelligent monitoring; observation and experimentation including major field experiments, and modelling predictions. He was made Professor at Bournemouth University (UK) where he headed the Academic Department for Conservation Ecology and Environmental Sciences (45 full time researchers), published over 130 peer-review research papers. He secured research grants from the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) and the EU during his employment at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH/NERC institute) (1999-07) and Bournemouth University (2007 to 2012). In 2013 he joined the IRD where he secured funding from the National Research Agency (Bioadapt, PRIME), EU Biodiversa (PROBIS), the Laboratory of Excellence on Amazonian biodiversity (X3), IUCN & French Agency for Biodiversity among others. He is a member of the International Mix Laboratory EDIA, an extended network of 24 collaborative scientific partners across South America and Europe (ecologists, geneticists & microbiologists).
His outputs highlight work of international relevance, with clear applied and fundamental aspects, that were selected in 2005 as the best research completed that year at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and in the top 20 NERC research outputs for his study on emerging disease risk published in Nature. He acts as an expert advisor on science committees for numerous governmental agencies in the UK and the European Commission (EU expert) and is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) on the decline of biodiversity for Europe and Central Asia. He has published papers in high impact journals using an ecosystem approach to disease emergence associated with aquatic species (see for example 1-11). He is an associate editor for several topical scientific journals and was an invited Fellow of the Biological Society as well as an member of the NERC College. He is now based at the University of Montpellier and has been invited on the IRD Covid-19 science committee.

Selected References
[1] Reverter M., Sarter S., Caruso D., Avarre J-C, Combe M., Pepey E., Pouyaud L., Vega-Heredía S., de Verdal H., Gozlan R.E. (2020) Aquaculture at the crossroads of global warming and antimicrobial resistance: shifting towards sustainable solutions. Nature Communications. 11: 1870.
[2] Soushieta J., Combe M., Couppié P., Le Turnier P., Epelboin L., Nacher M., Gozlan R.E. (2019) Emerging human infectious diseases of aquatic origin: A biogeographic approach. International Journal of Health Geographics. 18, 23.
[3] Gozlan R.E., Karimov B.K., Zadereev E., Kuznetsova D., Sandra Brucet S. (2018) Status, trends and future dynamics of freshwater ecosystems in Europe and Central Asia. Inland Water 9:1, 78-94,
[4] Al-Shorbaji, Farah; Andreou, Demetra; Roche, Benjamin; Stafford, Rick; Britton, Robert; Gozlan, R.E. (2017) The influence of host competition on community resilience to disease. Journal of Animal Ecology. 86(5):1147-1158.
[5] Douine M., Gozlan R.E., Nacher M., Dufour Julie, Reynaud Y., Elguero E., Combe M., Velvin C. J., Chevillon C., Berlioz-Arthaud A., Labbé S., Sainte-Marie D., Guégan J-F, Pradinaud R., Couppié P. (2017) Forty-five years of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Buruli ulcer) in French Guiana, South America: an epidemiologic transition The Lancet Planetary Health, 1 (2), e65-e73.
[6] Morris A.L., Guégan J-F, Andreou D., Marsollier L., Carolan K., Le Croller M., Babonneau J., Sanhueza D., Gozlan R.E. (2017) Deforestation driven aquatic foodweb collapse in the tropics promotes hosts causing human infections. Science Advances, 2(12), e1600387.
[7] Combe M., Velvin C.J., Morris A., Garchitorena A., Carolan K., Sanhueza D., Roche B., Guégan J-F., Gozlan R.E. (2017) Global and local environmental changes as drivers of Buruli ulcer emergence Emerging Microbes & Infections, 6, e22.
[8] Ercan D., Andreou D., Öntaş C., Baba E., Top N., Tarkan A.S., Gozlan R.E. (2014) Monitoring fungal infections comfort biodiversity threat to European fish. Nature Emergent Microbes and Infection, 4, e52.
[9] Morris A., Gozlan R.E., Hassani H., Andreou D. & Guégan J-F (2014) Complex temporal climate signals drive the emergence of human water-borne disease. Nature Emergent Microbes and Infection 3, e56.
[10] Gozlan R. E., Marshall W., Lilje O., Jessop C., Gleason F. & Andreou D. (2014) Current ecological understanding of fungal-like pathogens of fish: what lies beneath? Frontiers in Microbiology 5: 62.
[11] Gozlan R.E., St-Hilaire S., Feist S.W., Martin P. & Kent M.L. (2005). Disease threats on European fish. Nature 435, 1045-1046.
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