Job Aben

Position: Post-doctoral Researcher
Detailed position: Railways and Biodiversity – MINERVE-project

Team: Ecological Processes and human Impact

Contact details:
Laboratoire Écologie, Systématique et Évolution – IDEEV
Université Paris Saclay
Bât. 680 – 12, route 128
91190 Gif Sur Yvette



Email: job.aben (at)

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Research interests

I am a postdoctoral researcher with a particular interest to understand the influence of the environment on animal movement behaviour, and how these interactions translate into population level processes (functional population connectivity) and patterns (species distributions). To this end, I make use of field data, statistical approaches (e.g., step selection functions), and individual based simulation models (integrating demography, dispersal, and environment). I have applied these models to address applied ecological questions, for example to compare conservation management scenarios in an Afrotropical biodiversity hotspot, as well as more theoretical ones, for example to investigate the potential role of behavioural plasticity in influencing animal range dynamics under human-induced environmental change.

In my current position, I am modelling the potential role of linear green infrastructure (railway verges in particular) on range expansion of biodiversity in France, with the aim to provide practical management recommendations to the managing railway company (SNCF).

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution