Anne-Sophie Lafuite

PostDoc Researcher

Station d’Ecologie Théorique et Expérimentale du CNRS
09200 Moulis France
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Research interests

Human societies have major impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems, from local to global scales. In turn, they depend on biodiversity and ecosystems through a wide range of ecosystem services. This generates an important if poorly understood feedback loop between humans and nature.

During my PhD thesis, I have built novel models that include this human-nature feedback together with changes in ecological dynamics, human demography and behaviour. This integrative dynamical approach has provided new insights into the long-term sustainability of coupled social-ecological systems, and their ability to keep providing ecosystem services to a growing human population.

My postdoctoral project extends this framework to incorporate international trade, with a focus on modelling the main drivers of tropical deforestation. The aim is to investigate how the interplay of economic, political, cultural, demographic and technological factors may shape future biodiversity loss in these hotspots."



  • Since January 2018: PostDoc researcher in Theoretical Ecology and Environmental Economics at CBTM (CNRS - UMR 5321, Moulis, France).
  • November 2013 - November 2017 : PhD in Theoretical Ecology and Environmental Economics at CBTM (CNRS - UMR 5321, Moulis, France). Supervisor : Dr Michel Loreau
  • 2012 - 2013 :Master’s degree in Environmental Economics, 2nd year (AgroParisTech, Paris)
  • 2011 - 2012 :Master’s degree in Theoretical Ecology and Modelling, 2nd year (UPMC, Paris VI)
  • 2010 - 2011 :Master’s degree in Biosciences, 1st year (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
  • 2009 - 2010 :Bachelor’s degree in Fundamental Biology (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon)
  • 2007 - 2009 :BCPST Preparatory class


Previous research internships

  • April - July 2013 "Bio-economic modelling for biodiversity conservation". Supervisors : Michel Loreau (CBTM, USR-CNRS 2936) & François Salanié (Toulouse School of Economics, INRA)
  • February - June 2012 "Effect of nutrient cycling on the stability of trophic networks : a modelling approach". Supervisors : Sébastien Barot & Elisa Thébault (BIOEMCO, UMR-CNRS 7618, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)
  • February - June 2011 "Population genetics and facial asymmetry of the Australian sea lion, neophoca cinerea". Supervisors : Adam Stow & Heidi Ahonen (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)



  • Lafuite A.-S., Denise G. and Loreau M. (2018) — Sustainable land-use management under biodiversity lag effects. Ecological Economics 154: 272–281. Download
  • Lafuite A.-S., de Mazancourt C. and Loreau M. (2017) — Delayed behavioural shifts undermine the sustainability of social–ecological systems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Download
  • Lafuite A.-S. and Loreau M. (2017) — Time-delayed biodiversity feedbacks and the sustainability of social-ecological systems. Ecological Modelling. Download

  • Leroux S.J., Albert C.H., Lafuite A-S., Rayfield B., Wang S., Gravel D. (2016) — Structural uncertainty in models projecting the consequences of habitat loss and fragmentation on biodiversity. Ecography 40(1):36-47. Download