Edwige Bellier


    Edwige Bellier
    Edwige Bellier (Foto © Archiv Vogelwarte)
    Dr. sc. nat. Edwige Bellier
    Swiss Ornithological Institute
    Seerose 1
    6204 Sempach

    ++41 41 462 99 29 (Phone)



    Current Projects

    Hierarchical spatio-temporal modelling of distribution and abundance from disparate data sources over large spatial and temporal scales

    • Exploration of benefits of dynamic N-mixture model for estimating demographic rates.
    • Exploration of temporal and spatial patterns in demographic rates from breeding bird survey data.
    • Monitoring common breeding birds


    2009-2012 Post-Doctoral Fellow at NINA (Trondheim, Norway) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway).
    2008 Temporary Lecturer in Biostatistics (University of Mediterranean, Marseille, France).
    2004-2007 Phd at UR Biostatistics and Spatial Processes (INRA Avignon, France).


    Peer-reviewed Publications

    • Bellier, E., Grøtan, V., Engen, S., Schartau, A-K., Herfindal, I., Finstad, A.G. (2014) Distance decay of similarity, effects of environmental noise and heterogeneity among species in the spatio-temporal dynamics of a dispersal-limited community. Ecography. 37,172-182.
    • Bellier, E ., Monestiez, P., Certain, G., Chadoeuf, J. and Bretagnolle, V. (2013) Reducing the uncertainty of wildlife population abundance: model based versus design-based estimates. Environmetrics. 24, 476-488.
    • Bellier, E., Neubauer, P., Monestiez, P., Letourneur, Y., Ledireach, L., Bonhomme, P., Bachet, F. (2013) Marine reserve spillover: modelling from multiple data sources. Ecological Informatics. 18, 188-193.
    • Bellier, E., Grøtan, V., Engen, S., Schartau, A-K., Diserud, O.H. , Finstad, A.G. (2012) Combining counts and incidence data: an efficient approach for estimating the log-normal species abundance distribution and diversity indices. Oecologia. 170 (2) 477-488.
    • Dray, S.,Pélissier, R., Couteron, P., Fortin, M-J.,  Legendre, P., Peres-Neto, P.R., Bellier, E., Bivand, R., Blanchet, F-G., De Cáceres, M., Dufour, A-B, Heegaard, E., Jombart, T., Munoz, F., Oksanen, J.,  Thioulouse, J., Wagner, H-H. (2012) Community ecology in the age of multivariate multiscale spatial analysis. Ecological Monographs. 82 (3) 257-275.
    • Bellier, E . Monestiez, P., Certain, G., Chadoeuf, J. and Bretagnolle, V. (2012) Decomposing the heterogeneity of species distribution into multiple scales: A hierarchical framework for large-scale count survey. Ecography. 35 (9) 839-854
    • Teichert, M.A.K, Foldvick,A., Forseth, T, Ugedal, O. Einum, S. Finstad, A.G., Hedger, R.D. and Bellier, E. (2011) Effects of spawning distribution on juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmor salar) density and growth. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 68, 43-50.
    • Finstad, A.G., Forseth,T., Jonsson,B., Bellier, E., Hesthagen,T., Jensen, A.J.,Hessen, D.O & Foldvik, A. (2011) Competitive exclusion along climate gradients: Energy efficiency influences the distribution of two salmonid fishes. Global Change Biology 17, 1703-1711
    • Planque, B., Bellier, E. and Loots, C. (2011) Uncertainties in projecting spatial distributions of marine populations. ICES journal of Marine Science. 68 (6) 1045-1050.
    • Chadoeuf, J., Certain, G., Bellier, E., Bar-Hen, A., Couteron, P., Monestiez, P., & Bretagnolle, V. (2011) Estimating inter-group interaction radius for point processes with nested spatial distribution. Computationnal Statistics and Data Analysis 55, 627-640.
    • Bellier, E. & Monestiez, P. (2010) A spatial covariance model with a single wave effect and a finite range. Statistics & Probability Letters 80 (17-18): 1343-1347.
    • Bellier, E., Certain, G., Planque, B., Monestiez, P. & Bretagnolle, V. (2010) Modelling habitat selection at multiple scales with multivariate geostatistics: an application to seabirds in open sea. Oikos 119(6): 988-999.
    • Certain, G. Bellier, E., Planque, B. & Bretagnolle, V. (2007) Characterising the temporal variability of the spatial distribution of animals: an application to seabirds at sea. Ecography 30 (5), 695-708.
    • Bellier, E. Monestiez, P., Durbec, J-P. & Candau, J-N. (2007) Identifying spatial relationships at multiple scales: Principal coordinates of neighbour matrices (PCNM) and geostatistical approaches. Ecography 30 (3)-385-399.
    • Planque, B., Bellier, E. & Lazure, P. (2007) Modelling potential spawning habitat of sardine Sardina pilchardus and anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus in the Bay of Biscay. Fish.Oceanogr. 16:16-30.
    • Bellier, E. Planque, B. & Petitgas, P.(2007) Historical fluctuations in spawning location of anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus and sardine Sardina pilchardus in the Bay of Biscay during 1967-1973 and 2000-2004. Fish. Oceanogr. 16:1-15.
    • Ménard, F. Marsac, F. Bellier, E. & Cazelles B. (2007) Links between climate oscillations and tuna abundance in the equatorial Indian Ocean: a wavelet approach. Fish. Oceanogr. 16:95-104 .

    Peer-reviewed book chapters and proceedings

    • Bellier, E. Monestiez, P. & Guinet, C. (2010) Geostatistical Modelling of Wildlife Populations: A Non-stationary Hierarchical Model for Count Data. geoENV VII – Geostatistics for Environmental Applications Quantitative Geology and Geostatistics , 16, 1-12.
    • Bellier, E. & Monestiez, P. (2008) Model based block kriging to estimate spatial abundance of wildlife populations from count data. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Geostatistics Congress. Julian Ortiz & Xavier Emery (Eds.). GECAMIN. pp 119-128. ISBN:978-956-8504-18-2.


    • Bellier, E. 2007. Spatial distribution within hierarchical patchs dynamics systems: identifying species-environment spatial relationships at multiple scales. Phd thesis.- University of Mediterranean (Marseille, France).
    • Bellier, E. 2003. Analysis of the influence of climate oscillations on the dynamics of harvested tuna population in Indien Ocean. : a wavelet approach Master thesis .- University of Mediterranean (Marseille, France).