Guillaume Rieucau, PhD

Guillaume Rieucau is an Assistant Scholar at the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University. He received his M.S and Ph.D. at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France (2009 to 2011) and at the Institute of Marine Research, Norway (2011 to 2015).  He is a broadly trained behavioral ecologist and marine biologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary basis of social behavior in animals. His general interest is to ascertain how animals exploit the benefits of living in groups with the desire to gain a deeper understanding of how group-living organisms collectively respond to a variable environment, over ecological and evolutionary timescales to address ecological and conservation issues. His research is directed at examining the functions and mechanisms that underlie aggregative behavior in marine organisms. He explores how large animal aggregations form, maintain and collectively react as coordinated units to external factors such as predators, environmental conditions, anthropogenic disturbances, fishery activities and habitat structure. To understand how collective behaviors in group-living organisms emerge and evolve, Guillaume investigates the specific link between sensory properties of collective behavior, the environment and the fitness of individuals. He addresses most of these questions during mesocosm and in situ behavioral experimentations, using advanced acoustics, multi-target computer tracking, quantitative and theoretical approaches.