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Journal of Vegetation Science gives Editors’ Award to an article published by INRA

The 2013 Journal of Vegetation Science Editors’ Award was given to Jeanne Bodin and her colleagues for an article published as part of her thesis work at INRA’s Nancy-Lorraine centre. The article calls into question the role of climate change alone in the forest plant species migrations observed in recent years in south-eastern France.

Jeanne Bodin gained her PhD in forest sciences in 2010 © Irstea - Catherine Tailleux
Updated on 06/03/2014
Published on 01/09/2014

The Journal of Vegetation Science announced his 2013 Editors’ Award in its January 2014 issue (advanced online publication 16 December 2013). The awarded article was from Jeanne Bodin’s thesis work at the Forest Ecology and Ecophysiology unit (1), under the supervision of Jean-Luc Dupouey and in partnership with the University of Hannover, the French national forest inventory and Météo-France.

In the study, the team looked at forest plant species shifts recently observed in mountain regions. Species have shifted upward over the last decades, and these shifts were attributed to temperature increases related to current global warming. The species are supposed to migrate to suitable habitat. In a first step, using extensive data from the French national forest inventory, the team confirmed an upward shift of species in south-eastern France .

But INRA’s researchers demonstrated that other factors than global warming alone were contributing to this species shift. By focusing their analysis on only closed and mature forests, they no longer observed a species ascent. Since nearly all French territory is controlled by human activities, management methods and land use have a major influence on ecosystems. Over the last decades, forest structure and composition in south-eastern France have undergone significant changes. The maturation and closure of forest cover at lower elevations led to apparent species upward shifts. Direct human activities, such as land use change, affect vegetation dynamic and trigger changes that may be confounded with effect of climate change.

Jeanne Bodin defended her thesis in 2010, under the joint supervision of INRA and the University of Hannover. After one year in ESITPA (agricultural engineering school in Rouen, France), she is now post-doctorate researcher at Irstea. Her current research deals with the effect of brush clearing – carried out to prevent forest fires – on melliferous flora.

(1) Joint Research Unit INRA – Université de Lorraine.

Jeanne Bodin talks about her winning article

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Forest, Grassland and Freshwater Ecology


Bodin, J., Badeau, V., Bruno, E., Cluzeau, C., Moisselin, J.-M., Walther, G.-R. & Dupouey, J.-L. 2013. Shifts of forest species along an elevational gradient in Southeast France: climate change or stand maturation? Journal of Vegetation Science, 24: 269–283.

Pärtel, M., Chiarucci, A., Chytrý, M. and Pillar, V. D. 2014. Silver Jubilee of the journal and complexity of global change. Journal of Vegetation Science, 25: 1–3.