Maud Bernard-Verdier


IGB/FUB, Königin-Luise-Straße 1-3, 14195 Berlin


Maud's research interests span community ecology, invasion ecology and evolutionary ecology. She is interested in understanding how biological communities assemble in space and time, shaping biodiversity across different scales and influencing ecosystem functioning. Her research combines a theoretical approach of community ecology and functional and evolutionary strategies with a quantitative empirical approach based on field observations and experiments. A plant ecologist at the core, most of her research is on vascular plants. However, she has started expanding her research to different interaction partners, lately working on plant-herbivore interactions. She has worked in a range of systems, from native new zealand forests to urban grasslands, with a recurring focus on semi-natural rangelands.



  • Ph.D. 2012, Ecology, Université Montpellier II, France.
  • M.S. 2008, Ecology, Biodiversity and Evolution,  AgroParisTech, France.
  • B.S. 2005, Cell Biology and Physiology, Université Paris XI/ ENS Cachan, France.

Positions held

  • 2016-present: Postdoc with Jonathan Jeschke at Freie Universität/IGB in Berlin, Germany. Rapid Evolution of plant and herbivore insect populations in novel urban ecosystems.
  • 2013-2015: Postdoc with Phil Hulme at the Bio-Protection Research Center, Lincoln University, New Zealand. Impact of alien plant invasions on plant community structure.



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