seb2.jpgSébastien Brosse



 ­ Laboratoire Evolution et Diversité Biologique (EDB)


Université Paul Sabatier

Bat. 4R1

118 route de Narbonne

31062 Toulouse cedex 4,



   Phone: (33) 5 61 55 67 47

                                                                Email : sebastien.brosse [at]




Research interests


·              Freshwater fish ecology


·              Fish diversity, Macroecology


·              Patterns and determinants of native and non-native species richness


·              Impact of human disturbances (non-native species, dams, mining) on fish communities






1.     Dias M.S., Tedesco P.A., Hugueny B., Jezequel C., Beauchard O., Brosse S. & Oberdorff T. 2017. Anthropogenic stressors and riverine fish extinctions. Ecological Indicators 79: 37-48

2.     Vanni M.J., McIntyre P.B., Arnott D.L., Benstead J.P., Berg D.J., Brabrand A., Brosse S., Bukaveckas P.A., Caliman A., Capps K.A., Carneiro L.S., Chadwick N.E., Christian A.D., Clarke A., Conroy J.D., Cross W.S., Culver D.A., Dalton C.M., Devine J.A., Domine L.M., Evans-White M.A., Faafeng B., Flecker A.S., Gido K.B., Godinot C., Guariento R., Haertel-Borer S., Hall R.O., Henry R., Herwig B.R., Hicks B.J., Higgins K.A., Hood J.M., Hopton M.E., Ikeda T., James W.F., Jansen H.M., Johnson C.R., Koch B.J., Lamberti G.A., Lessard-Pilon S., Maerz J.C., Mather M.E., McManamay R.A., Milanovich J.R., Morgan D.K.J., Moslemi J.M., Naddafi R., Nilssen J.P., Pagano M., Pilati A., Post D.M., Roopin M., Rugenski A.T., Schaus M.H., Shostell J., Small G.E., Solomon C.T., Sterrett S.C., Strand Ø., Tarvainen M., Taylor J.M., Torres-Gerald L.E., Turner C.B., Urabe J., Uye S.I., Ventelä A.M., Villéger S., Whiles M.R., Wilhelm F.M., Wilson H.F., Xenopoulos M.A., Zimmer K.D. 2017. A global database of nitrogen and phosphorus excretion rates of aquatic animals. Ecology (in press)

3.     Ding C., Jiang X., Xie Z. & Brosse S. 2017. Seventy-five years of biodiversity decline of fish assemblages in Chinese isolated plateau lakes: widespread introductions and extirpations of narrow endemics lead to regional loss of dissimilarity. Diversity and Distributions 23: 171-184.

4.      Cilleros K., Allard L., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S. 2016. Contrasted alpha- and beta- diversity patterns between European and Amazonian stream fish assemblages. Journal of Biogeography 43: 832-843.

5.     Toussaint A., Charpin N., Brosse S. & Villeger S. 2016. Global functional diversity of freshwater fish is concentrated in the Neotropics while functional vulnerability is widespread. Scientific Reports 6:22125. (Communiqué de presse)

6.     Toussaint A., Beauchard O., Oberdorff T., Brosse S. & Villeger S. 2016. Worldwide freshwater fish homogenization is driven by a few widespread introduced species. Biological Invasions (in press).

7.     Allard L., Popée M., Vigouroux R. & Brosse S. 2016. Effect of reduced impact logging and small-scale mining disturbances on Neotropical stream fish assemblages. Aquatic Sciences 78:315-325.

8.     Jiang Z. G., Brosse S., Jiang X. M. & Zhang E. 2015. Measuring ecosystem degradation through half a century of fish species introductions and extirpations in a large isolated lake. Ecological Indicators 58: 104-112.

9.     Maire E., Grenouillet G., Brosse S. & Villeger S. 2015. How many dimensions to accurately assess functional diversity? A pragmatic approach for assessing the quality of functional spaces. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24: 728-740.

10.  Allard L., Toussaint A., Vigouroux R. & Brosse S. 2015. Length-weight relationships of 58 fish species in streams of French Guiana. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 31:567-570.

11.  Lauzeral C., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S.  2015. The iterative ensemble modelling approach increases the accuracy of fish distribution models. Ecography 38: 213-220.

12.  Villeger S., Blanchet S., Beauchard O., Oberdorff T. & Brosse S. 2015. From current distinctiveness to future homogenization of the world’s freshwater fish faunas. Diversity and Distributions 21: 223-235. (Communiqué de presse)

13.  Gnohossou P., Laleye P., Atachi P., Gerino M., Brosse S. & Moreau J. 2015. Elaboration of a biotic index of pollution using macroinvertebrates for the monitoring of Lake Nokoué in Benin. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 9: 2897-2917

14.  Villeger S., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S. 2014. Functional homogenization exceeds taxonomic homogenization among European fish assemblages. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:1450-1460.

15.  Dedieu N., Allard L., Vigouroux R., Brosse S. & Cereghino R. 2014. Physical habitat and water chemistry changes induced by logging and gold mining in French Guiana streams. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems 415:02

16.  Dias M.S., Oberdorff T., Hugueny B., Leprieur F. Jézéquel C., Cornu J.F., Brosse S., Grenouillet G. & Tedesco P.A. 2014. Global imprint of historical connectivity on freshwater fish biodiversity. Ecology Letters 17:1130-1140.

17.  Allard L., Grenouillet G., Khazraie K., Tudesque L., Vigouroux R. & Brosse S. 2014. Electrofishing efficiency in low conductivity Neotropical streams: towards a non-lethal fish sampling technique. Fisheries Management and Ecology 21:234-243.

18.   Toussaint A., Beauchard O., Oberdorff T., Brosse S. & Villeger S. 2014. Historical assemblage distinctiveness and the introduction of widespread non-native species explain worldwide changes in freshwater fish taxonomic dissimilarity.  Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:574-584. (Communiqué de presse)

19.  Blanchet S., Helmus M.R., Brosse S. & Grenouillet G. 2014. Regional vs local drivers of phylogenetic and species diversity in stream fish communities. Freshwater Biology 59:450-462.

20.  Lin P.C., Brosse S., Gao X., Liu C.C. & Liu H.Z. 2013. Species composition and temporal pattern of fish passing through the navigation locks in the middle reach of Yangtze River: implications for fish conservation.  Journal of Applied Ichthyology 29: 1441-1444.

21.  Tedesco P.A., Oberdorff T., Cornu JF., Beauchard O., Brosse S., Durr H.H., Grenouillet G., Leprieur F. Tisseuil C., Zaiss R. & Hugueny B. 2013. A scenario for impacts of water availability loss due to climate change on riverine fish extinction rates. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 1105-1115. (Communiqué de presse)

22.  Lauzeral C., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S. 2013. Spatial range shape drives the grain size effects in species distribution models. Ecography 36:778-787.

23.  Villeger S., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S. 2013. Decomposing functional ß-diversity reveals that low functional ß-diversity is driven by low functional turnover in European fish assemblages. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22: 671-681.

24.  Brosse S., Montoya-Burgos J.I. Grenouillet G. & Surugue N. 2013. Determinants of fish assemblage structure in Mount Itoupe mountain streams (French Guiana). International Journal of Limnology 49: 43-49.

25.  Tisseuil C., Cornu J.-F., Beauchard O., Brosse S., Darwall W., Holland R., Hugueny B., Tedesco P.A. & Oberdorff T. 2013. Global diversity patterns and cross-taxa convergence in freshwater systems. Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 365-376.

26.  Brosse S., Beauchard O., Blanchet S., Dürr H.H., Grenouillet G., Hugueny B., Lauzeral C., Leprieur F., Tedesco P.A., Villeger S. & Oberdorff T. 2013. Fish-SPRICH: a database of freshwater fish species richness throughout the World. Hydrobiologia 700:343-349.

27.  Lauzeral C., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S. 2012. Dealing with noisy absences to optimize species distribution models: an iterative ensemble modelling approach. Plos One 7(11): e49508. (Résumé en Francais)

28.  Schleuter D., Daufresne M., Veslot J., Mason N.W.H., Lanoiselée C., Brosse S., Beauchard O. & Argillier C. 2012.  Geographic isolation and climate govern functional diversity of native fish communities in European drainage basins. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 1083-1095.

29.  Villeger S., Grenouillet G., Suc V. & Brosse S. 2012, Intra- and interspecific differences in nutrient recycling by European freshwater fish. Freshwater Biology 57: 2330-2341. (Résumé en Francais)

30.  Tedesco P.A., Leprieur F., Hugueny  B., Brosse S., Durr H.H., Beauchard O., Busson F. & Oberdorff T. 2012,  Patterns and processes of global riverine fish endemism. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 977-987.

31.  Villeger S. & Brosse S. 2012, Measuring changes in taxonomic dissimilarity following species introductions and extirpations. Ecological Indicators 18: 552-558.

32.  Tudesque L., Grenouillet G., Gevrey M., Khazraie K. & Brosse S. 2012, Influence of small-scale gold mining on French Guiana streams: Are diatom assemblages valid disturbance sensors? Ecological Indicators 14: 100-106. (Communiqué de presse)

33.  Villeger S., Blanchet S., Beauchard O., Oberdorff T. & Brosse S. 2011, Homogenization patterns of the world’s freshwater fish faunas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108: 18003-18008. (Communiqué de presse)

34.  Oberdorff T., Tedesco P.A., Hugueny B., Leprieur F., Beauchard O., Brosse S. & Dürr H.H. 2011, Global and regional patterns in riverine fish species richness – A review. International Journal of Ecology Article ID 967631, 12 pages, doi:10.1155/2011/967631

35.  Loot G., Poulet N., Brosse S., Tudesque L., Thomas F. & Blanchet S. 2011, Determinants of life-history traits in a fish ectoparasite: a hierarchical analysis. Parasitology 138: 848-857.

36.  Brosse S., Grenouillet G., Gevrey M., Khazraie K. & Tudesque L. 2011, Small-scale gold mining erodes fish assemblage structure in neotropical streams. Biodiversity & Conservation 20: 1013-1026. (Communiqué de presse)

37.  Lauzeral C., Leprieur F., Beauchard O., Duron Q., Obredorff T. & Brosse S. 2011, Identifying climatic niche shifts using coarse-grained occurrence data: a test with non-native freshwater fish. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 407-414.

38.  Leprieur F., Tedesco P.A., Hugueny B., Beauchard O., Dürr H.H., Brosse S. & Oberdorff T. 2011, Partitioning global patterns of freshwater fish beta diversity reveals contrasting signatures of past climate changes. Ecology Letters 14: 325-334.

39.  Edia E.O., Gevrey M., Ouattara A., Brosse S., Gourène G. & Lek S.  2010, Patterning and predicting aquatic insect richness in four West-African coastal rivers using artificial neural networks. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems 398, 06.

40.  de Thoisy B., Richard-Hansen C., Goguillon B., Joubert P., Obstancias J., Winterton P. & Brosse S. 2010, Rapid evaluation of threats to biodiversity: human footprint score and large vertebrate species responses in French Guiana. Biodiversity & Conservation 19: 1567-1584.

41.  Blanchet S., Grenouillet G., Beauchard O., Tedesco P.A., Leprieur F., Durr H.H., Busson F, Oberdorff T. & Brosse S. 2010, Non-native species disrupt the worldwide patterns of freshwater fish body size: implications for Bergmann’s rule. Ecology Letters 13: 421-431. (Communiqué de presse)

42.  Gao X., Brosse S., Chen Y., Lek S. & Chang J. 2009, Effects of damming on population sustainability of Chinese sturgeon, Acipenser sinensis: evaluation of optimal conservation measures Environmental Biology of Fishes 86:325-336.

43.  Leprieur F., Olden J.D., Lek S. & Brosse S. 2009, Patterns and mechanisms of the distance decay of similarity in the European freshwater fish fauna: contrasting native and exotic species. Journal of Biogeography 36: 1899-1912.

44.  Blanchet S., Leprieur F., Beauchard O., Oberdorff T. & Brosse S. 2009, Broad-scale determinants of non-native fish species richness are context-dependent. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 2385-2394.

45.  Gao X., Wang J.W. & Brosse S. 2009, Threatened fishes of the world: Acipenser dabryanus Duméril, 1868 (Acipenseriformes: Acipenseridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 85: 117-118.

46.  Gao X., Wang J.W. & Brosse S. 2009, Threatened fishes of the world: Psephurus gladius (Martens, 1862) (Acipenseriformes: Polyodontidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes. 84 : 421-422.

47.  Leprieur F., Brosse S., Garcıa-Berthou E., Oberdorff T., Olden J.D. & Townsend C.R., 2009. Scientific uncertainty and the assessment of risks posed by non-native freshwater fishes. Fish and Fisheries 10: 88-97.

48.  Gao X., Wang J.W. & Brosse S., 2009. Threatened fishes of the World: Acipenser sinensis Gray, 1834 (Acipenseriformes: Acipenseridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 84: 183-184.

49.  Kreutzenberger K., Leprieur F. & Brosse S., 2008. The influence of the invasive black bullhead Ameiurus melas on the predatory efficiency of pike Esox lucius L. Journal of Fish Biology 73: 196-205.

50.  Grenouillet G., Brosse S., Tudesque L., Lek S., Baraille Y. & Loot G., 2008. Spatial autocorrelation and concordance among stream assemblages along a fragmented gradient. Diversity & Distributions 14: 592-603.

51.  De Thoisy B., Brosse S. & Dubois M., 2008. Assessment of large-vertebrate species richness and abundance in neotropical forest using line-transect censuses: what is the minimal effort required ? Biodiversity & Conservation 17: 2627-2644.

52.  Leprieur F., Beauchard O., Blanchet S., Oberdorff T. & Brosse S., 2008.  Fish invasions in the world’s river systems: when natural processes are blurred by human activities. Public Library of Science, Biology 6(2): e28. (Communiqué de presse)

53.  Leprieur F., Beauchard O., Hugueny B., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S., 2008.  Null model of biotic homogenization: a test with the European freshwater fish fauna. Diversity & Distributions 14: 291-300.

54.  Brosse S., Grossman G.D. & Lek S., 2007. Fish assemblage patterns in the littoral zone of a European reservoir. Freshwater Biology 52: 448-458.

55.  Oi Edia E., Brosse S., Ouattara A., Gourène G., Winterton P. & Lek-Ang S., 2007. Aquatic insect assemblage patterns in four West-African coastal rivers. Journal of Biological Sciences 7: 1130-1138.

56.  Blanchet S., Loot G., Grenouillet G. & Brosse S., 2007. Competitive interactions between native and exotic salmonids: a combined field and laboratory demonstration. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 16: 133-143.

57.  Qiao Y., Tang X., Brosse S. & Chang J., 2006. Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis) in the Yangtze River: a hydroacoustic assessment of fish location and abundance on the last spawning ground. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 22: 140-144.

58.  Konan F.K., Leprieur F., Ouattara A., Brosse S., Grenouillet G., Gourene G., Winterton P. & Lek S., 2006. Spatio-temporal patterns of fish assemblages in coastal west african rivers: a self-organizing map approach. Aquatic Living Resources 19: 361-370.

59.  Loot G., Park Y.S., Lek S. & Brosse S., 2006. Encounter rate between local population shapes host selection in complex parasite life cycle. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 89:99-106.

60.  Leprieur F., Hickey M.A., Arbuckle C.J., Closs G.P., Brosse S. & Townsend C.R., 2006. Hydrological disturbance benefits a native fish at the expense of an exotic fish. Journal of Applied Ecology 43:930-939.

61.  Blanchet S., Dodson J. & Brosse S., 2006. Influence of habitat structure and fish density on Atlantic salmon Salmo salar L. territorial behaviour.  Journal of Fish Biology 68: 951-957.

62.  Ibarra A.A., Park Y.S., Brosse S., Reyjol Y., Lim P. & Lek S., 2005. Nested patterns of diversity revealed for fish assemblages in rivers of SW France. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 14: 233-242.

63.  Zhao N., Ai W., Shao Z., Zhu B., Brosse S. & Chang J., 2005. Microsatellites assessment of Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis Gray) genetic variability. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 21: 7-13.

64.  Park Y.S., Chang J., Lek S., Cao W. & Brosse S., 2003. Conservation strategies for endemic fish species threatened by the Three Gorges Dam. Conservation Biology 17: 1748-1758.

65.  Beauchard O., Gagneur J. & Brosse S., 2003. Macroinvertebrate richness patterns in North African streams. Journal of Biogeography 30: 1821-1833.

66.  Brosse S., Arbuckle C.J. & Townsend C.R., 2003. Habitat scale and biodiversity: influence of catchment, stream reach and bedform scales on local invertebrate diversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 12: 2057-2075.

67.  Brosse S. & Lek S., 2002. Relationships between environmental characteristics and the density of age-0 Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis) in the littoral zone of a lake: a nonlinear approach. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 131 : 1033-1043.

68.  Labat D., Delzons O., Thomas A., Brosse S. & Marie V., 2002. Evolution sur 40 ans du peuplement en Ephémères d’une petite rivière des Prépyrénées, le Volp : résultats préliminaires. Ephemera 4: 15-34.

69.  Laffaille P., Brosse S., Gabas S. & Lek S., 2001. Fish spatial distribution in the littoral zone of Lake Pareloup (France) during summer. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie 153: 129-144.

70.  Brosse S., Giraudel J.L. & Lek S., 2001. Utilisation of non-supervised neural networks and principal component analysis to study fish assemblages. Ecological Modelling 146: 159-166.

71.  Brosse S., Laffaille P., Gabas S. & Lek S., 2001. Is scuba sampling a relevant method to study fish microhabitat in lakes? Exemples and comparisons for three European species. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 10: 138-146.

72.  Loot G., Brosse S., Lek S. & Guegan J.F., 2001. Behaviour of roach (Rutilus rutilus L.) altered by Ligula intestinalis (Cestoda: Pseudophyllidea): a field demonstration. Freshwater Biology 46 : 1219-1227.

73.  Brosse S., Lek S. & Townsend C.R., 2001. Abundance, diversity and structure of freshwater invertebrates and fish communities: an artificial neural network approach. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 35 : 135-145.

74.  Orth K., Thomas A., Dauta C., Horeau V., Brosse S. & Ademmer C., 2001. Les Ephéméroptères de la Guyane française. 1. Premier inventaire générique, à but de biosurveillance [Ephemeroptera]. Ephemera 2: 25-38.

75.  Brosse S. & Lek S., 2000. Modelling roach (Rutilus rutilus L.) microhabitat using linear and non-linear techniques. Freshwater Biology 44: 441-452.

76.  Lounaci A., Brosse S., Thomas A. & Lek S., 2000. Abundance, diversity and community structure macro-invertebrates in an Algerian stream: the Sébaou wadi. Annales de Limnologie 36 : 123-133.

77.  Brosse S., 2000. Habitat, spatial dynamics and fish community structure in lake Pareloup (Aveyron, France). Cybium 24 : 311-312.

78.  Brosse S. & Lek S., 2000. Ontogenetic microhabitat shifts of 0+ Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus L.) in the littoral zone of a mesotrophic lake. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 27: 2063-2065.

79.  Brosse S. & Lek S., 2000. Linear and non-linear methods to predict the microhabitat of 0+ roach (Rutilus rutilus L.) in the littoral zone of a large reservoir. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 27: 811-814.

80.  Lounaci A., Brosse S., Ait Mouloud S., Lounaci-Daoudi D. & Mebarki N. & Thomas A., 2000. Current knowledge of benthic invertebrate diversity in an Algerian stream: a species check-list of the Sébaou River basin (Tizi-Ouzou). Bulletin de la Société d’Histoire Naturelle de Toulouse 136: 43-55.

81.  Brosse S., Lek S. & Dauba F., 1999. Predicting fish distribution in a mesotrophic lake by hydroacoustic survey and artificial neural networks. Limnology and Oceanography 44: 1293-1303.

82.  Brosse S., Dauba F. Oberdorff T. & Lek S., 1999. Influence of some topographical variables on the spatial distribution of lake fish during summer stratification. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie 145: 359-371.

83.  Brosse S., Guegan J.F., Tourenq J.N & Lek S., 1999. The use of artificial neural networks to assess fish abundance and spatial occupancy in the littoral zone of a mesotrophic lake. Ecological Modelling 120: 299-312.

84.  Angelibert S., Brosse S., Dauba F. & Lek S., 1999. Changes in roach (Rutilus rutilus L.) population structure induced on draining a large reservoir. Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences de Paris, Série III 322: 331-338.

85.  Brosse S., Gabas S., Cever K. & Lek S., 1999. Comparison of two Point Abundance Sampling methods to assess young roach (Rutilus rutilus L.) microhabitat in the littoral zone of lake Pareloup (France). Annales de Limnologie 35: 199-204.

86.  Laffaille P., Brosse S., Feunteun E., Baisez A. & Lefeuvre J.C., 1998. Role of fish communities in particulate organic matter fluxes between salt marshes and coastal marine waters in the Mont Saint-Michel Bay. Hydrobiologia 373/374: 121-133.