UMR ECOBIO (160 members) brings together teacher-researchers (lecturers and professors), CNRS researchers (research officers and research directors), BIATSS staff from the University of Rennes 1 and IT staff from the CNRS. It welcomes many students (doctoral students, interns), but also visiting foreign researchers and researchers associated with partners (IPEV). She is a founding member and is directly involved in the existence of the Observatory of Sciences of the Universe of Rennes (OSUR). UMR ECOBIO covers all areas of ecology: evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology, community ecology, functional ecology and landscape ecology.
UMR ECOBIO analyzes the dynamics of biodiversity and the functioning of continental ecosystems in the face of ongoing global changes (population growth, climate change, land use) with a view to sustainable development (restrained management of natural resources, conservation, etc.). .). The functioning of continental ecosystems and associated ecosystem services is understood through the prism of the analysis of biodiversity, from the gene to the landscape. The study of the mechanisms linking structure and function of ecosystems is at the center of our work, whether for the maintenance of biodiversity, the transfer of materials or the adaptation to constraints. The ecological and evolutionary consequences of current changes (land use, climate change, environmental contamination, artificialization of environments) are also studied, in particular the response of individuals and populations to induced stresses, and that of communities to disturbances. Most of the ecosystems concerned have a strong anthropogenic component and taking into account human activities as an organizational factor is one of the challenges of our research.
UMR ECOBIO is structured into 4 research themes, 3 technical platforms, 1 OSUR-UR1 platform, a STAF technical and financial administrative service and six action units.