The biodiversity of the insular Caribbean is only partially known, and several new species remain to be discovered, particularly among invertebrates or in geographical areas that has been seldom prospected.
Besides, understanding the factors that influence species richness and diversity in ecosystems is of paramount importance in conservation biology. Research in this area combines adapted sampling methods with sophisticated statistical tools. Another important aspect of community ecology is to understand the mechanisms and processes determining species coexistence.
Several of our projects contribute to increase knowledge about biodiversity in the insular Caribbean through revealing the existence of new species and documenting patterns of species richness and diversity at different time and geographical scales.
Projects in progress
Species richness and diversity of Odonata assemblages in Haiti in relation to the quality of freshwater habitatsHaïti PhD project
Pierre-Michard Beaujour (Haïti)
Ecological drivers of species radiation in livebearing fishes of the genus Limia (Teleostei, Poeciliidae) in the Greater AntillesLes Grandes Antilles PhD project
Rodet Rodriguez-Silva (Cuba)
Conservation biology of the Limia species endemic from Lake Miragoâne, HaitiHaïti PhD project
James Josaphat (Haïti)
The importance of natural and artificial wetlands for wintering and migrating waterbirds in HaïtiHaïti PhD project
Lens Jerry Saint-Louis (Haïti)
Diversity and level of endemism of Arctiinae (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) in relation to the diversity and level of endemism of the vegetation in Western CubaCuba Master project
Claudia Loiz (Cuba)
Determinants of habitat use in cleaner gobies (Elacatinus prochilos and E. evelynae) in BarbadosBarbade Master project
Jeniece Germain (Trinidad & Tobago)