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Antoine Vernay

Antoine Vernay
Postdoc in ecology, ecophysiology


I am a plant community biologist. My main interest is to link the ecological response of a plant to abiotic and biotic variations in a community with ecophysiological processes. How resources, environmental conditions alter plant functions and the trait associated with their ecological strategy is a kind of broad questions I address. Then I look at how plants respond in a community to propose a mechanistic explanation of community functioning.


In SLU, I focus on gross primary production (GPP) of the boreal forest. In Scots pines forest, I use sap flux data and stable carbon isotope to calculate water use efficiency and infer GPP. This approach aims to bring a way to check for eddy-covariance measurements and provides an efficient method applicable where eddy-variance is not. I carry out the same method in a mixed forest. It would allow us to partition the GPP flux into the different species (birch, Scots pine, Norway Spruce).


I previously worked on several projects:

- recovery of temperate grassland after a severe drought, with a focus on root functional traits (INRA-UREP, Fr)

- the role of resource availability on biotic interactions between oak seedlings and Poacea (INRA/UCA-PIAF, Fr)

- plant gas exchanges in weightlessness (Institut Pascal-CNRS, Fr)

Selected publications

Antoine Vernay, Philippe Balandier, Ludivine Guinard, Thierry Améglio, et Philippe Malagoli. « Photosynthesis capacity of Quercus petraea (Matt.) saplings is affected by Molinia caerulea (L.) under high irradiance ». Forest Ecology and Management 376 (2016): 107‑17.

Lucie Poulet, Antoine Vernay, Benjamin Dalmas, Mathilde Vernay, Thomas Sinn, et Pauline Delpeuch. « A Learning Method Based on a Mission to Mars for Primary School Children ». Adelaïde, Australia, 2017.

Antoine Vernay, Philippe Malagoli, Marine Fernandez, Thomas Perot, Thierry Améglio, et Philippe Balandier. « Carry-over benefit of high internal N pool on growth and function of oak seedlings (Quercus petraea) competing with Deschampsia cespitosa ». Forest Ecology and Management 419–420 (1 juillet 2018): 130‑38.

Antoine Vernay, Philippe Malagoli, Marine Fernandez, Thomas Perot, Thierry Améglio, et Philippe Balandier. « Improved Deschampsia cespitosa growth by nitrogen fertilization jeopardizes Quercus petraea regeneration through intensification of competition ». Basic and Applied Ecology 31 (1 septembre 2018): 21‑32.

Non-Employee at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Ecophysiology Unit
Postal address:
Skogens ekologi och skötsel
901 83 Umeå
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå