Dr. Regis Ferriere

Associate Professor
Positions and Education: 
  • Associate professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2002-present
  • Director, CNRS-ENS ECOTRON, 2006-2010
  • Professor, Theoretical Ecology, Ecole Normale Superieure (Paris, France), 2002-present
  • Group Leader, International Research in Eco-Evolutionary Mathematics, 2001-present
  • Associate professor, Theoretical Ecology, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), 1997-2002
  • Assistant professor, Theoretical Ecology, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France), 1995-1997
  • Research associate at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Laxenburg, Austria), 1995-2002
  • PhD in Mathematical Ecology, 1995
  • Research assistant in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 1993-1995
  • Agregation de Mathematiques, 1992
  • BS and MS in Mathematics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 1989-1993
Honors and Awards: 
  • 2006-2011 - NSF FIBR (co-PI)
  • 2006 - Elected at the French University Academy (Institut Universitaire de France)
  • 2001 - Young Scientist Excellence Award, French Ministry of Research & Education
Research Interests: 

Trained broadly in mathematics and evolutionary ecology, I am interested in the interplay of ecological and evolutionary processes: how ecological interactions shape selective pressures acting on individual adaptive traits, and how in return adaptive trait evolution influences population dynamics, community structure and diversity, and ecosystem function. My research involves three levels of investigation. (1) Mathematical foundations of eco-evolutionary modelling: deriving ‘macroscopic’ models of quantitative traits evolution starting from ‘microscopic’ models of individual interactions and heritable variation. (2) Applications of the general theory to major issues in evolutionary ecology and developmental biology, including the evolution of cooperative interactions at the gene, cell, organism and population levels; life history evolution; evolution of species interactions and community structure and diversity; and eco-evolutionary responses of populations, communities and ecosystems to environmental change. (3) Empirical tests of the theory. I use several model systems to integrate theory and experiments: clonal microarthropods (Collembola) in the lab, lizards (Lacerta vivipara) in mesocosms, and guppies in their tropical stream ecosystems. I am involved in the development of the CNRS-ENS Ecotron in Paris, in a partnership with Biosphere2 at the University of Arizona, to promote next-generation large-scale experiments on complex ecological systems under highly controlled environmental conditions.

Read a profile of Regis Ferrière in the Fall 2003 (Winter 2004) issue of Desert News & Views (pdf file)

Selected Publications: 

PubMed list of publications for Regis Ferrière

*graduate and undergraduate students when research was done.

1. Stegen JC*, Ferriere R, Enquist BJ (2012) Evolving ecological networks and the emergence of biodiversity patterns across temperature gradients. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B doi: 10.1098/rspb.2011.1733

2. Ferriere R, Michod RE (2011) Inclusive fitness in evolution. Nature 471:E6-E7.

3. Carval D*, Ferriere R (2010) A unified model for the coevolution of resistance, tolerance, and virulence. Evolution 64: 2988-3009.

4. Jones EI*, Ferriere R, Bronstein JL (2009) Eco-evolutionary dynamics of mutualists and exploiters. The American Naturalist 174: 780-794.

5. Stegen JC*, Enquist BJ, Ferriere R (2009) Advancing the metabolic theory of diversity. Ecology Letters 12: 1001-1015.

6. Champagnat N*, Ferriere R & Meleard S (2007) Individual-based probabilistic models of adaptive evolution and various scaling approximations. Progress in Probability 59: 75-113.

7. Champagnat N*, Ferriere R & Meleard S (2006) Unifying evolutionary dynamics: from individual stochastic processes to macroscopic models. Theoretical Population Biology 69: 297-321.

8. Le Galliard JF, Fitze PS, Ferriere R & Clobert J (2005) Sex ratio bias, male aggression, and population collapse in lizards. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 102:18231-18236.

9. Le Galliard JF*, Ferriere R, Dieckmann U (2003) The adaptive dynamics of altruism in spatially heterogeneous populations. Evolution 57: 1-17.

10. Dercole F, Ferriere R, Rinaldi S (2002) Ecological bistability and evolutionary reversals under asymmetrical competition. Evolution 56: 1081-1090.

11. Loeuille N*, Loreau M, Ferriere R (2002) Consequences of plant-herbivore coevolution on the dynamics and functioning of ecosystems. Journal of Theoretical Biology 217: 369-381.

12. Ferriere R, Bronstein JL, Rinaldi S, Law R, Gauduchon M* (2002) Cheating and the evolutionary stability of mutualisms. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 269:773-780.

13. Ferriere R, Sarrazin F, Legendre S, Baron J-P (1996) Matrix population models applied to viability analysis and conservation: Theory and practice with ULM software. Acta Oecologica 17:629-656.

14. Ferriere R, Michod RE (1995) Invading wave of cooperation in a spatial iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 259:77-83.

15. Ferriere R, Gatto M (1995) Lyapunov exponents and the mathematics of invasion in oscillatory or chaotic populations. Theoretical Population Biology 48:126-171.

16. Ferriere R, Gatto M (1993) Chaotic population dynamics can result from natural selection. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 251:33-38.


17. Ferriere R, Dieckmann U, Couvet D, editors (2004) Evolutionary Conservation Biology. Cambridge University Press.

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