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Aquapôle INRA

Inra Bordeaux-Aquitaine
Quartier Ibarron
64310 Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle

tél : +33 (0) 5 59 51 59 51
fax : +33 (0) 5 59 54 51 52

Agnès Bardonnet

Chargée de Recherche

Agnes Bardonnet
© inra, 2007
I am mainly interested in behavioural mechanisms underlying distribution patterns in young fish stages (with regard to migration, dispersal and habitat choice).

Contact | Cursus and training| Current topics| Publications



ECOBIOP, Behavioral Ecology and Biology of Fish Populations
Quartier Ibarron
64310 St Pée-sur-Nivelle France
Tel : +33 (0)5 59 51 59 78
Fax: +33 (0)5 59 54 51 52
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1. Cursus and training

1980-84 - Master in Biological Sciences (Univ. Lyon 1, France)
1986-89 - Ph. D. Thesis: Use of space in young stages of grayling (Thymallus thymallus) in the Eco-Ethological Team, Large River Laboratory (Univ. Lyon 1, France)
1990- Post-doctorate: Emergence and downstream displacement in 3 salmonids (Fisheries Res Serv Freshwater Lab, Pitlochry, Scotland)
1991-98 - INRA Researcher: Fish habitat in stream (Freshwater Ecology Lab, INRA de Rennes, France)
1998-today - INRA Researcher. Use of space by trout, shad and eel young stages (Behavioural Ecology and Fish Biology, UMR INRA/UPPA, Ecobiop, St Pée sur Nivelle, France)
2006- Habilitation for Research Supervising: Use of space by young stages of fish. Spatio -temporal patterns of movements.
2009- Director of Research
2011- Head of the Ecobiop Team

2. Current topics

I am mainly interested in behavioural mechanisms underlying distribution patterns in young fish stages (with regard to migration, dispersal and habitat choice).

I work on diadromous species (salmonids, eel and shad) and try to identify the mechanisms involved at the individual level which could explain different strategies in use of space. This work is carried out in laboratory (using large flume, stream tanks, and circular flumes) natural or semi-natural conditions (using a 130 m long artificial channel and 8 stream tanks at the INRA Lapitxuri Field Station). These installations allow the observation of fish behaviour in an environment over which we have a complete control (indoor lab) or a partial one with a control of water flow, substratum and cover, fish community and sizes, or food supply. I try to develop an individual-based approach and to enlarge my field of interest towards other aspects such as physiology and indirect tools to investigate early life history patterns through collaborations. In addition, I develop a comparative approach on young stages use of space patterns in diadromous species.

3. Publications (2013)

  • CATTANEO F., GRIMARDIAS D., PERSAT H., CARAYON M. & BARDONNET A. – 2013 - A multidimensional typology of riverbank habitats explains the distribution of European grayling (Thymallus thymallusL.) fry in a temperate river. Ecology of Freshwater Fish,
  • DODSON J.J., SIROIS P., DAIGLE G., GAUDIN P. &  BARDONNET A. -2013- Otolith Microstructure during the Early Life-History Stages of Brown Trout: Validation and Interpretation. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 33: 108-116.
  • GEFFROY B., GUIGUEN Y., FOSTIER A. & BARDONNET A. -2013- New insights regarding gonad development in European eel: evidence for a direct ovarian differentiation. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 39: 1129-1140.
  • Les impacts du changement climatique en Aquitaine 2013. Chapitre 7 ( Bardonnet, A. ; D'Amico, F. (coord).; Delzon, S. ; Michalet, R. ; Vles, V. La Montagne : 211-233.   In :Le Treut H. (sous la dir. de), Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux et LGPA-Editions, Collection "Dynamiques Environnementales-A la croisée des sciences.