Stéphanie ThiébaultDirector of the Institute of Ecology and Environment

Senior researcher Stéphanie Thiébault is a paleo- and archaeobotanist. Since completing her PhD, she has conducted research on the relations between human populations and their botanical environment, as well as vegetation dynamics over the past 15 millennia, through analyses of charcoal found at archaeological sites. She began her career at the CNRS within the ISEM (Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier, CNRS / IRD / Université de Montpellier 2). In 2008, she received the CNRS Silver Medal and was named deputy scientific director of the former Environment and Sustainable Development Department (now INEE). In 2009, she joined the archaeozoology-archaeobotany unit of the French National Museum of Natural History (CNRS / MNHN). She has headed the INEE since February 2013.


The INEE's key mission is to bring the environmental sciences to the fore as an integrated scientific discipline. Its goals are to promote creativity, to undertake fundamental research of the highest quality, and to set up partnerships to develop and implement innovative tools in global ecology. This research is carried out by a network of laboratories in the fields of evolutionary science, biodiversity, ecology and human-environment interactions.

Areas of research

  • Biodiversity, evolution and adaptation
  • Human impact on the environment: from modification to transformation
  • Ecosystems' feedback on global change
  • Coastal and marine environments: interactions and processes
  • Functional ecology, analysis and the management of ecosystem services

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