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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 the ecology of invasive species to answer pertinent epidemiological questions about drivers of aquatic diseases emergence. With 26 years of research experience, including supervision of 21 postgraduate students and 11 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 (35 full time researchers), published over 120 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), 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 for European Aquatic Biodiversity published in Nature, following an alien fish invasion. He acts as an expert advisor on invasive aquatic species for numerous governmental agencies in the UK and the European Commission (EU expert on the question of alien species introduction in aquaculture) and is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He has published papers in high impact journals including using an ecosystem approach to disease emergence associated with aquatic species introduction (see for example 1-9). He is an associate editor of the Journal of Fish Biology, Aquatic Invasions, an 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.

Selected References
[1] Hardouin E., Andreou D., Yahui Z., Chevret P., Fletcher D., Britton J.R, Tautz D., Gozlan R.E. (2018) Reconciling the biogeography of an invader through recent and historic genetic patterns: the case of topmouth gudgeon Pseudorasbora parva. Biological Invasion. 20 (8) 2157-2171. [2] Fletcher. D.H., Gillingham P., Britton. J.R., Blanchet. S., Gozlan. R.E. (2016) Predicting global invasion risks: a management tool to prevent future introductions. Scientific Reports 6: 26316. [3] Britton J.R. & Gozlan R.E. (2013) How many fish for a biological invasion? Propagule pressure predicts introduction outcomes. Ecology 94: 2558–2566. [4] Britton J.R. & Gozlan R.E. (2013) Geo-politics and ecosystem services as drivers of Europe's freshwater fish allodiversity. Global Environmental Change, V23, (6), 1566-1574. [5] Gozlan R.E., Burnard D., Andreou, D. & Britton JR (2013) Understanding the Threats Posed by Non-Native Species: Public vs. Conservation Managers. Plos One. 8 (1) e53200. [6] Gozlan,et al. (2010). Pan-continental invasion of Pseudorasbora parva: towards a better understanding of freshwater fish invasions. Fish & Fisheries 11, 315–340. [7] Gozlan R.E & Newton A.C. (2009). Biological Invasions: Benefits versus Risks. Science. V324. 1015. [8] Gozlan R.E. (2009) Biodiversity crisis and the introduction of non-native fish: Solutions, not scapegoats Fish and Fisheries. 10, 109-110. [9] 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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