Delphine Renard


(Ph.D. in Ecology, 2010, University of Montpellier) is a contractual researcher at Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive in Montpellier (France), and Principal Investigator of the ASSET project. Delphine’s interdisciplinary research addresses the biological and cultural facets of biodiversity in agroecosystems and their roles in supporting resilience in agriculture. During her Ph.D., Delphine assessed the long-term ecological effects of past agricultural practices on plants, soil macroinvertebrates and soil functioning. After a year of teaching, Delphine completed six years of post-doctoral studies in North America. Her work provided multiple insights into the roles of habitat, functional and species diversities to support sustainable ways of farming. The ASSET project is publicly funded by ANR (French National Research Agency). Combining ecology, agronomy and ethnoecology, ASSET will assess the potential contributions of plant and local knowledge diversities to strengthen societies’ capacities to face increasing climatic variability.