Who we are?
Exploratory Ecology is an association of scientific research, conservation of biodiversity and awareness of protection of biodiversity, located in the municipality of Saint-Aubin de Médoc (New Aquitaine, southwest in France)
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The idea of the association Exploratory Ecology project emerged on May 12, 2018 at the meeting between two nature enthusiasts complementary path ecologist-lepidopterist Fanny Mallard and myrmecologist-computer Engineer Sven Aël Guen. Announcement No. 548 of the creation of the association was officially inserted in the Official Journal of the French Republic on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Exploratory Ecology is a non-profit and French law 1901 association.
During the following months until August 2019, the missions and the first projects of the association were developed by means of field visits in the meadow of the “Coulée verte” of the municipality of Saint-Aubin de Médoc in France.
The plant and animal species studied in the first ExplorEcoLab project are species inventoried in this meadow. Several butterfly photos were taken in this meadow to create the photo gallery of the second ExplorCollect project. Thus, the missions of the association are scientific missions to develop knowledge and propose actions of species conservation but also missions of public awareness to the protection of biodiversity especially through ExplorPublic project.
Since September 2019, the association is part of the associations of the municipality of Saint-Aubin de Médoc in France.
On August 3, 2020, the association was recognized by the French Republic of general interest and scientific research.
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Exploratory Ecology aims to develop scientific knowledge through exploratory ecology and to share this knowledge and public awareness.
Exploratory ecology is a branch of ecology that studies the little or no documented relationship between species, their environment and pressure factors via 3 actions or missions.
Missions 1 Experimental research
- in the laboratory, study under controlled conditions the biological interactions and the determining factors;
Mission 2 : applied research
- in the natural environment, test biodiversity conservation actions based on experimental research;
Mission 3 : action research
- sharing knowledge with the aim of transmitting knowledge and raising awareness about ecology.
The first project Exploratory Ecology is a project named ExplorEcoLab (Exploratory Ecosystems laboratory) on the study of the effects of climate change on the relations between life cycles of Polyommatus icarus, Lasius niger, Lotus corniculatus and Trifolium repens.
The second project Exploratory Ecology is a project named ExplorCollect (Exploratory Collection) on the creation of a photographic collection of specimens and monitoring of butterflies from France, Nigeria and the world.
The third project called ExplorPublic (Exploratory Public awareness) is a project to raise public awareness of the protection of biodiversity through various actions: social networks, stands, conferences, nature outings, etc.
Fanny Mallard, President, Co-Founder, Scientific
Fanny Mallard is a double graduate of a Master 2 in ecology specialization of the territory, and major of promotion of a Master 2 in environmental law and doctor ecologist of the University Nantes Angers Le Mans – Ecole Centrale de Nantes. His research is part of a transdisciplinary research-action approach at the interface between science and society. She conducts scientific studies on the effects of human activities on plant and animal species combining landscape ecology, conservation biology, ecological engineering, spatial modeling and land use planning.
During her thesis, through laboratory and field research in various natural areas, she developed a method of quantitative evaluation of the effects of road and rail projects on natural environments which received the 1st national award of the Abertis Chair. 2015 and the 1st prize of the French Committee of the World Road Association 2011, category “Young Professionals”. As a scientific advisor at the “Maison du Lac de Grand-Lieu”, she was in charge of setting up programs of studies on natural areas of the Loire-Atlantique Department in relation with the actors of the territory. She has been coordinator of the European network of plain lakes.
Currently at Cistude Nature and associated with the UMR PASSAGES-CNRS, the ecologist is in charge of the scientific coordination of the research program “the climate sentinels”. Its missions concern the design of protocols, management, monitoring and scientific analysis of the effects of climate change on biodiversity by mobilizing local stakeholders and research laboratories in the New Aquitaine region. In the Exploratory Ecology project, she is co-founder and president of the association and in charge of setting up and monitoring scientific studies.
Sven Aël Guen, Treasurer, co-founder, Technical and IT Manager
Sven Aël Guen has been an ant enthusiast since childhood. He raised several colonies of different ant species: Lasisus niger, Crematogaster scutellaris, Aphaenogaster spinosa, Messor barbarus. He has developed skills in biology including ant breeding. After studying DUT Biological Engineering option Environmental Engineering, he studied to computer studies. In the Exploratory Ecology project, he is in charge of the technical aspects of the experimental studies and the computer development part of the project.
The team of volunteers is made up of a dozen people wishing to get involved in the development of knowledge about nature. Volunteers support the association by providing their opinions on the association’s productions, their knowledge and their various expertise.
Thank you to all our volunteers for their support!
Help by donating
To support the initiative, you can help Exploratory Ecology by donating via the form (click here) or by check or for other types of donations or legacies by contacting us by email : email@example.com.
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localisation : Saint-Aubin de Médoc village, Department of Gironde, New Aquitaine region, in France