Didier Gascuel

Ph.D., Ecology

Professor, Agrocampus Ouest

Didier Gascuel is a professor at Agrocampus Ouest and head of the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Centre. His current research focuses on the development of trophic-level-based ecosystem models and the implementation of ecosystem approach to fisheries management. He has been especially involved in programs dealing with the assessment of ecosystem impacts of fishing in Western African countries and in European seas. He notably developed the ECOTROPH ecosystem model and also worked on assessing the efficiency of marine protected areas.


Prato G., Gascuel D., Valls A., Francour P., 2014, Balancing complexity and feasibility in Mediterranean coastal food-web models: uncertainty and constraints., Marine Ecosystem, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 512, 71-78, DOI 10.3354/meps10988, link

Colléter M., Valls A., Guitton J., Gascuel D., Pauly D., Christensen V., 2015, Global overview of the applications of the Ecopath with Ecosim modeling approach using the EcoBase models repository, Marine Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Ecological Modelling, Volume 302, Pages 42–53, link

Colleter, M., Valls, A., Christensen, V., Coll, M., Gascuel, D., Guitton, J., Piroddi, C., Steenbeek, J., Buszowski, J., Pauly, D., 2016, Modelling the Global Oceans with the Ecopath Software Suite: A Brief Review and Application Example, Fisheries, Global database, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Coll M., Cury P., Azzurro E., Bariche M., Bayadas G., Bellido J.M., Chaboud C., Claudet J., El-Sayed A.F., Gascuel D., Knittweis L., Pipitone C., Samuel-Rhoads Y., Taleb S., Tudela S., Valls A., Participants, 2013, The scientific strategy needed to promote a regional ecosystem-based approach to fisheries in the Mediterranean and Black Seas., Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries Management, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 23, 415-434, DOI 10.1007/s11160-013-9305-y, link

du Pontavice, H., Gascuel, D., Reygondeau, G., Maureaud, A., and Cheung, W.W.L. (2019). Climate change undermines the global functioning of marine food webs. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.14944 link.

Lead author Hubert du Pontavice and co-authors Didier Gascuel, Gabriel Reygondeau, Aurore Maureaud, and William Cheung recently published an article in Global Change Biology – “Climate change undermines the global functioning of marine food webs”.