CNRS Researcher (Chargée de Recherche)

Ph.D, University of Poitiers (France), 1984.

Main responsabilities

  • Coordinator Program CAPES-COFECUB France/Brazil. Conservation of the native South American crayfish, genus Parastacus (Crustacea, Parastacidae) (2012-2015)
  • Member scientific Council of the program in Aquitaine: Conservation of the white-clawed crayfish since 2012.
  • Coordinator Program AGROBIODIV (Conseil Régional Poitou-Charentes 2011-2013): Biodiversity and Agricultural Practices : sustainable indicators
  • Partner of National Program BiodivEA ” Mobiliser l’enseignement agricole sur la thématique de la Biodiversité ” (2011-2013) and partner of the project funded by Lisea Fundation Biodiversiy : Management of landscape for the restoration of native and functional biodiversity (2014-2017).
  • Partner since 2011 « Les Champs de Biodiversité » LU/FRB Restoration of the functional biodiversity by stating specifications about Major Economics Crops
  • Partner Project « Biodiversity » (Région Nord Pas de Calais/FRB). ResBioFonc : Management facilitating the restoration of the functional biodiversity linked ,with the change of land-use (2013-2015)
  • Partner CASDAR Agroecology: APACh: Interest of intercropping: farming practices, quality of production and economical perspectives (2015-2018).
  • Coordinator Functional Biodiversity and soil quality: nex studies on low-input systems (Agence de l’eau Loire- Bretagne 2015-2016).
  • Partner Appel “pour et Sur le plan Ecophyto (PSPE) ‘contribuer à l’essor du biocontrôle’ SERUM : Soil desinfection in market gardening (2015-2018 ).
  • Co-supervisor PhD M. Fortin (14.12.2016): Influence of the feminizing bacteria Wolbachia on the behavioral mate choice and fitness of its host Armadillidium vulgare
  • In charge of the communication for the UMR 7267 (Equipe EES)
  • European corresponding for International Association of Astacology

Expertise/threats for aquatic species and catchment

  • Assessor: IUCN red list of threatened crayfish species assessment
  • Expert Future National Startegy on invasive species (SPN et FCBN)
  • Expert European Commission Brussels: invasive species: WG3 – Eradication, control & ecosystems restoration
  • Expert aquatic species (ONEMA, MEDD, MNHN) European report 2013 Natura 2000: Evaluation of habitats and native species state of conservation in France.

Research interests

Environmental factors and land-use affect soil communities and their functions. Genetic, taxonomic and functional soil biodiversity provide a wide range of ecological services. The value of soil biodiversity in agricultural land is considered from an economical perspective and an environmental quality protection. We have multi-functional approach using soil organisms which respond in time scales relevant to land management, as indicators of soil health. Two taxa differing in mobility and ecological functions: terrestrial isopods as detritivores, carabids as predators. This topic about the impact of anthropic activities is linked with the quality of aquatics habitats at the level of the catchment with the conservation of native crayfish and also studies about invasive crayfish species as Procambarus clarkii. This species is also studied in Brazil due to its recent arrival.

Keywords: biodiversity, agricultural practices, crustaceans, bioindicators, native species, conservation, habitat quality, invasive species.

Selected publications

  1. Richman, N.I., Böhm, M., Adams, S.B., Alvarez, F., Bergey, E.A., Bunn, J.J.S., Burnham, Q., Cordeiro, J., Coughran, J., Crandall, K.A., Dawkins, K.L., DiStefano, R.J., Doran, N.E., Edsman, L., Eversole, A.G., Füreder, L., Furse, J.M., Gherardi, F., Hamr, P., Holdich, D.M., Horwitz, P., Johnston, K., Jones, C.M., Jones, J.P.G., Jones, R.L., Jones, T.G., Kawai, T., Lawler, S., López-Mejía, M., Miller, R.M., Pedraza-Lara, C., Reynolds, J.D., Richardson, A.M.M., Schultz, M.B., Schuster, G.A., Sibley, P.J., Souty-Grosset, C., Taylor, C.A., Thoma, R.F., Walls, J., Walsh, T.S., Collen, B., 2015. Multiple drivers of decline in the global status of freshwater crayfish (Decapoda: Astacidea). Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B Biol. Sci. 367, 1662, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0060.
  2. Loureiro, T. G., Anastácio, P. M. S. G, Bueno S.L de S, Araujo, P. B.; Souty-Grosset, C., Almerão, M. P. 2015. Distribution, introduction pathway and invasion risk analysis of the North American crayfish Procambarus clarkii (Decapoda, Cambaridae) in Southeast Brazil. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 35 (1) 88-96
  3. Amouret J, Bertocchi S, Brusconi S, Fondi M, Gherardi F. , Grandjean F., Chessa L., Tricarico E., Souty-Grosset C. 2015. The first record of translocated white-clawed crayfish from the Austropotamobius pallipes complex in Sardinia (Italy) Journal of Limnology, 74 (3): 491-500. (IF 1.725)
  4. Loureiro, T. G.; Anastácio, P. M. S. G.; Araujo, P. B.; Souty-Grosset, C.; Almerão, M. P.2015. Red Swamp crayfish: Biology, ecology and invasion- an overview. 2015. Nauplius The journal of the Brazilian Crustacean Society. Volume 23 (1), 1-19.
  5. Dalosto MM, Palaoro AV, Souty-Grosset C, Bueno SLS, Loureiro TG, Almerão MP, Araujo PB, Santos S (2015) One step ahead of the enemy: investigating aggressive interactions between invasive and native crayfish before the contact in nature. Biological Invasions 17 (12):3503-3515. DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0974-4 (I.F. 3.01)
  6. Ayari A., Raimond M., Souty-Grosset C., Nasri-Ammar K. 2016. Hierarchical organization of the cuticle of the subsocial desert isopod Hemilepistus reaumurii . Journal of Structural Biology 193, 115-123 (I.F. 3.37)
  7. Souty-Grosset C., Anastacio P., Aquiloni L., Banha F., Choquer J., Chucholl C., Tricarico E. 2016.The red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii in Europe: impacts on aquatic ecosystems and human well-being. Limnologica 58 78-96. I.F. 1.403
  8. Ayari A., Richard F.J., Souty-Grosset C., Nasri-Ammar K. 2016. Family identity of the sub-social desert terrestrial isopod Hemilepistus reaumurii. J. Arid Environments, 134, 10-16.
  9. Khemaissia H., Djelassi R., Touihri M., Souty-Grosset C. & Nasri-Ammar K. 2016. Diversity of terrestrial Isopods in the Northern Tunisian wetlands. African Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/aje.12337 (IF 1.78)


  1. Reynolds J., Souty-Grosset C. 2012. Book: Management of freshwater biodiversity: crayfish as bioindicators. Cambridge University Press. 384pp. ISBN 978−0−521−51400

Chapter of books

  1. Souty-Grosset C., Fetzner J. W.2016. Taxonomy and Identification. In Biology and Ecology of crayfish. Edition: 1, Chapter: 1, Publisher: CRC Press 2016, Editors: Matt Longshaw, Paul Stebbing, pp.1-30. Print ISBN: 978-1-4987-6732-3 eBook ISBN: 978-1-4987-6733-0 DOI: 10.1201/b20073-2
  2. Souty-Grosset C. 2016. Population genetics of crayfish: endangered and invasive species. In Biology and Ecology of crayfish. Edition: 1, Chapter: 2, Publisher: CRC Press 2016, Editors: Matt Longshaw, Paul Stebbing, pp.31-61. Print ISBN: 978-1-4987-6732-3 eBook ISBN: 978-1-4987-6733-0 DOI: 10.1201/b20073-2


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