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Jean-Frédéric Terral

University of Montpellier

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I am a Professor at the University of Montpellier (France). I teach plant biology, botany, ecology and paleoecology in the Biology-Ecology-Evolution department (https://biologie-ecologie.com/) of the Faculty of Sciences.

My research activities focus on palaeo(anthropo)ecology, archaeobiology, historical biogeography, evolution, and history of emblematic species from climatic, ecological, cultural, cultural and economic points of view by the development of quantitative anatomical and morphometric approaches. My preferred biological models are Olea europaea (olive tree), Phoenix dactylifera (date palm), Vitis vinifera (grapevine) and Argania spinosa (Argan). My works are carried out along 3 main axes:

  • Origins and historical biogeography of plant domestication at various geographic and chronological scales / Agrobiodiversity and evolution of domesticated plants,
  • Understanding current and ancient exploitation and management practices of biological resources
  • Current and ancient plant phenotypic plasticity and adaptive traits in relation to changing environmental factors / adaptive traits.

Keywords :

Archaeobiology – Palaeoecology – Historical Biogeography – Plant Domestication – Morphometry and quantitative eco-anatomy

Responsabilities :

– Head of the International Research Project EVOLEA: “Diversities, vulnerabilities and dynamics of the olive tree in a heterogeneous and changing environment: the model of Morocco” (website in progress),
– Co-responsible for the CEMEB Project (2020-2023) OleaD “Adaptation of the olive tree (Olea europaea) to climate change: towards phenotypic integration”.
– Head of the Master CEPAGE – Chrono-environments and paleoecology, University of Montpellier: http://www.masters-biologie-ecologie.com/CEPAGE/category/presentation
– Member of the National Council of Universities, section 67 (Population Biology and Ecology),
– Deputy Director of the OSU (Observatoire des Sciences de l’Univers) OREME – Observatoire de REcherche Méditerranéen de l’Environnement, https://oreme.org/