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Unité Mixte de Recherche Inra-Univ. Bordeaux 1 "Biodiversité Gènes et Communautés" - Biogeco

Unité mixte de recherche (Inra, Univ. Bordeaux 1)Biodiversité, gènes et communautés (Biogeco) INRA_rvb150Bordeaux1

INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine

Site de Recherches Forêt-Bois

69 route d'Arcachon

33612 CESTAS Cedex - FRANCE

Barbaro Luc (Associate Researcher)

+33 5 57 12 27 40,


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Community Ecology Team


Associate researcher

UMR Biodiversity Genes and Communities
INRA - Univ. Bordeaux 1
69 route d'Arcachon
33612 CESTAS Cedex – France

Tel : +335 57 12 27 40
Fax : +335 57 12 28 81

Courriel :


- Accreditation to supervise research (HDR Post-Doctoral Degree), 2013, University of Bordeaux
- Ph.D. Biology, 1999, University of Grenoble

Research interests

- Landscape heterogeneity and animal conservation in plantation forests
- Functional role of avian insectivory in managed agro-ecosystems

Main research projects

  • 2001-2003 : ISLANDES Biodiversity and Forest Management Program, GIP ECOFOR
  • 2002-2003 : Spatial patterns and dynamics of ecological processes in heterogeneous forest landscapes, ACI Program
  • 2004-2006 : FORSEE Indicators for sustainable management of forest ecosystems, INTERREG IIIA
  • 2005-2006 : FORMICA Forest, microclimate and species assemblages, ANR ECCO-PNBC
  • 2005-2008 : Foraging ecology of the eurasian hoopoe Upupa epops in plantation forests, Ringing program, CRBPO-MNHN
  • 2005-2008 : Ecology, adaptation and population management of phytophagous insects, ANR ECCO-ECOGER
  • 2008-2011 : URTICLIM Effects of climate warming on forest pest insects, ANR Biodiversity
  • 2010-2013 : Biological control of Matsucoccus feytaudi in Corsica, Corsica Regional Program
  • 2010-2014 : FunDivEUROPE Functional significance of forest biodiversity in Europe, European Union FP7
  • 2011-2012 : BIOLIS Multi-taxa biodiversity at forest edges, Inter-regional Program Aquitaine – Midi-Pyrénées
  • 2011-2013 : BILISSE Biodiversity and Forest Management Program, GIP ECOFOR
  • 2012-2014 : Ecological restoration of damaged river wetlands, FRB National Strategy for Biodiversity
  • 2013-2015 : LEVANA Distribution, stability and dispersion of butterflies in fragmented agricultural landscapes, DIVA3
  • 2014-2017 : BIOPICC Effect of biotic interactions on forest biodiversity and productivity, GIP ECOFOR

Main publications

Charbonnier Y., Barbaro L., Barnagaud J.Y., Ampoorter E., Nezan J., Verheyen K., Jactel H. 2016 Bat and bird diversity along independent gradients of latitude and tree composition in European forests. Oecologia in press

Terraube J., Archaux F., Deconchat M., van Halder I., Jactel H., Barbaro L. 2016 Forest edges have high conservation value for bird communities in mosaic landscapes. Ecology & Evolution in press

van der Plas F., Manning P., Soliveres S., Allan E., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Verheyen K., Wirth C., Zavala M.A., Ampoorter E., Baeten L., Barbaro L., Bauhus J., Benavides R., Benneter A., Bonal D. et al. 2016 Biotic homogenization can decrease landscape-scale forest multifunctionality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 113: 3557-3562.

van der Plas F., Manning P., Allan E., Scherer-Lorenzen M., Verheyen K., Wirth C., Zavala M.A., Hector A., Ampoorter E., Baeten L., Barbaro L., Bauhus J., Benavides R., Benneter A., Berthold F., Bonal D. et al. 2016 ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ effects drive biodiversity - ecosystem multifunctionality relationships in European forests. Nature Communications 7: 11109.

Charbonnier Y., Gaüzère P., van Halder I., Nezan J., Barnagaud J.Y., Jactel H., Barbaro L. 2016 Deciduous trees increase bat diversity at stand and landscape scales in mosaic pine plantations. Landscape Ecology 31: 291-300.

Barbaro L.,Blache S., Trochard G., Arlaud C., de Lacoste N., Kayser Y. 2016 Hierarchical habitat selection by Eurasian pygmy owls Glaucidium passerinum in old-growth forests of the southern French Prealps. Journal of Ornithology 157: 333-342.

van Halder I., Barnagaud J.Y., Jactel H., Barbaro L. 2015 Woodland habitat quality prevails over fragmentation for shaping butterfly diversity in deciduous forest remnants. Forest Ecology and Management 357: 171-180.

Villemey A., van Halder I., Ouin A., Barbaro L., Chenot J., Tessier P., Calatayud F., Martin H., Roche P., Archaux F. 2015 Mosaic of grasslands and woodlands is more effective than habitat connectivity to conserve butterflies in French farmland. Biological Conservation 191: 206-215.

Barbaro L., Charbonnier Y., Vetillard F., Blache S., Battisti A. 2015 Numerical and functional responses of predatory birds and bats to the pine processionary moth. In: Roques A. (Ed.). Processionary moths and global change: an update. Springer: 325-339.

Jactel H., Barbaro L., Brockerhoff E.G., Castagneyrol B., Dulaurent A.M., Samalens J.C., Schlyter F.E. 2015 Effect of tree species diversity on associational resistance to Thaumetopoea pityocampa. In: Roques A. (Ed.). Processionary moths and global change: an update. Springer: 281-294.

Barbaro L., Giffard B., Charbonnier Y., van Halder I., Brockerhoff E.G. 2014 Bird functional diversity enhances insectivory at forest edges: a transcontinental experiment. Diversity and Distributions 20: 149-159.

Barnagaud J.Y., Barbaro L., Papaïx J., Deconchat M., Brockerhoff E.G. 2014 Habitat filtering by landscape and local forest composition in native and exotic New Zealand birds. Ecology 95: 78-87.

Castagneyrol B., Jactel H., Charbonnier Y., Barbaro L., Dulaurent-Mercadal A.M. 2014 Egg mortality in the pine processionary moth: habitat diversity, microclimate and predation effects. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 16: 284-292

Charbonnier Y., Barbaro L., Theillout A., Jactel H. 2014 Numerical and functional responses of forest bats to a major insect pest in pine plantations. PLoS ONE 9: e109488.

Baeten L., Verheyen K., Wirth C., Bruelheide H., Bussotti F., Finér L., Jaroszewicz B., Selvi F., Valladares F., Allan E., Ampoorter E., Auge H., Avăcăriei D., Barbaro L., Bărnoaiea I., Bastias C., Bauhus J., Beinhoff C., Benavides R., Benneter A., Berger S., Berthold F., Boberg J., Bonal D. et al. 2013 A novel comparative research platform designed to determine the functional significance of tree species diversity in European forests. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 15: 281-291. (pdf)

Barbaro L., Dulaurent A.M., Payet K., Blache S., Vetillard F., Battisti A. 2013 Winter bird numerical responses to a key defoliator in mountain pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management 296: 90-97. (pdf)

Barnagaud J.Y., Barbaro L., Hampe A., Jiguet F., Archaux F. 2013 Species' thermal preferences affect forest bird communities along landscape and local scale habitat gradients. Ecography 36: 1218-1226. (pdf)

Giffard B., Barbaro L., Jactel H., Corcket E. 2013 Plant neighbours mediate bird predation effects on arthropod abundance and herbivory. Ecological Entomology 38: 448-455. (pdf)

Martin-Garcia J., Barbaro L., Diez J.J., Jactel H. 2013 Contribution of poplar plantations to bird conservation in riparian landscapes. Silva Fennica 47: 1043.

Barbaro L., Brockerhoff E.G., Giffard B., van Halder I. 2012 Edge and area effects on avian assemblages and insectivory in fragmented native forests. Landscape Ecology 27: 1451-1463. (pdf)

Giffard B., Corcket E., Jactel H. Barbaro L. 2012 Influence of surrounding vegetation on insect herbivory: a matter of spatial scale and herbivore specialisation. Basic and Applied Ecology 13: 458-465. (pdf)

Giffard B., Corcket E., Barbaro L., Jactel H. 2012 Bird predation enhances tree seedling resistance to insect herbivores in contrasting forest habitats. Oecologia 168: 415-424. (pdf)

Barbaro L., Battisti A. 2011 Birds as predators of the pine processionary moth (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae). Biological Control 56: 107-114. (pdf)

van Halder I., Barbaro L., Jactel H. 2011 Conserving butterflies in fragmented plantation forests: are edge and interior habitats equally important? Journal of Insect Conservation 15: 591-601. (pdf)

Barbaro L., van Halder I. 2009 Linking bird, carabid beetle and butterfly life-history traits to habitat fragmentation in mosaic landscapes. Ecography 32: 321-333. (pdf)

Deconchat M., Brockerhoff E.G., Barbaro L. 2009 Effects of surrounding landscape composition on the conservation value of native and exotic habitats for native forest birds. Forest Ecology and Management 258S: S196-S204.

Barbaro L., Couzi L., Bretagnolle V., Nezan J., Vetillard F. 2008 Multi-scale habitat selection and foraging ecology of the eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops) in pine plantations. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 1073-1087. (pdf)

van Halder I., Barbaro L., Corcket E., Jactel H. 2008 Importance of semi-natural habitats for the conservation of butterfly communities in landscapes dominated by pine plantations. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 1149-1169.

Barbaro L., Rossi J.P., Vetillard F., Nezan J., Jactel H. 2007 The spatial distribution of birds and carabid beetles in pine plantation forests: the role of landscape composition and structure. Journal of Biogeography 34: 652-664. (pdf)

Barbaro L., Pontcharraud L., Vetillard F., Guyon D., Jactel H. 2005 Comparative responses of bird, carabid and spider assemblages to stand and landscape diversity in maritime pine plantation forests. Ecoscience 12: 110-121.