Ugo Arbieu

Position: Post-doctoral Researcher

Team: Biodiversity dynamics and macro-ecology

Research Associate : Smithsonian Conservation Biology institute (Front Royale, USA)

Guest Researcher : Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany)

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



Email: ugo.arbieu (at)

Laboratoire Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution

Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary by nature, et focuses on social-ecological systems, and on the human dimensions of biodiversity conservation.

I did my PhD thesis on cultural ecosystem services (tourism) in several AFrican National Parks. I currently work on a similar topic on Mont Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), by supervising a PhD thesis on the use of social media as an indicator of tourists’ appreciation of biodiversity, and on people’s appreciation of soundscapes across habitat types on the mountain.

My postdoctoral activities are structured along three main research axes: (i) Attitudes and emotions towards biodiversity, with wolves (Canis lupus) and large carnivores as case studies, (ii) the importance of the media landscapes in debates about biodiversity, and (iii) sports as a potential vector for sustainable solutions. These three topics go well together to study different aspects that structure human-nature relations, which is possible thanks to national and international collaborations.