Philippe CHOLER – Senior researcher (DR) at CNRS

Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine, UMR 5553 CNRS & Univ. Grenoble Alpes
Univ. Grenoble Alpes F-38000 Grenoble
E-mail: philippe dot choler at univ-grenoble-alpes dot fr
Nationality: French. Age: 52


My research aims at understanding the structure, dynamics and functioning of ecosystems. I am particularly committed to the development of whole-system approaches examining the linkages between biodiversity, climate and human activities. My current research focuses on the long-term greening of mountain ecosystems with some hope of better grasping its spatial and temporal variability, and its main determinants.


  • 2009.           Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (HDR). University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France.
  • 1999-2002. Ph.D. in Plant Ecology (with distinction). University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France
  • 1990-1992. M.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology. University Claude Bernard Lyon I & Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
  • 1987-1989. B.S. in Physics and Mathematics. Lycée du Parc, Lyon, France


  • 2016-...       Senior Researcher (DR) at CNRS.
  • 2011-2016  Researcher (CR) at CNRS.
  • 2008-2009  Marie-Curie European Fellow (FP6 European Programme). CSIRO CMAR, Canberra, Australia.
  • 2003-2010  Assistant Professor. University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France. Section CNU 67
  • 1993-2003  Lecturer (PRofesseur AGrégé). University J. Fourier, Grenoble I, France.


  • 2020-...        French Coordinator for eLTER, a European project and Research Infrastructure on Critical Zone and Socio-Ecosystem science
  • 2015-...        Director of the Research Department Particle physics, Astrophysics, Geosciences, Environment and ecology of the Univ. Grenoble Alpes
  • 2015-...        Deputy Director of the Station Alpine J. Fourier in charge of research activities
  • 2013-...        Director of the Zone Atelier Alpes, a Long Term Ecological Network (LTER) for the French Alps.


  • 1993-...        Main lectures in Functional Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Ecosystem modeling. Computer lab using R.
  • 2003-...        Supervising 8 Ph.D. students. Mentoring 8 undergraduate and more than 10 graduate interns.



  • 2019-...      PASTORALP. A LIFE project on Pastures vulnerability and adaptation strategies to climate change impacts in the Alps
  • 2013-2016 ODYSSEE Opening new avenues to model the DYnamics of Species aSsemblages by integrating Ecology and Evolution: a case study from the mountain ecosystems of the Alps and the Carpathians (an ANR 'blanc international' funded project between France and Romania)

LONG-TERM MONITORING INITIATIVES  (as Principal investigator)

  • 2015-...     SENTINELLES DES ALPES : a long-term monitoring and research initiative on social-ecological systems of the French Alps.
  • 2010-....    BIOCLIM : A network of high-elevation sites to monitor soil temperature and biodiversity dynamics in alpine grasslands
  • 2012-...     FLUXALP : Observations of energy, carbon and water exchanges between atmosphere and mountain grasslands.