Frédérik Saltré

Research Associate in Ecology, University of Adelaide

Dr Frédérik Saltré is a Research Associate, in the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide, working with Professor Corey Bradshaw (University of Adelaide) and Professor Barry Brook (University of Tasmania) to develop new mathematical approaches to highlight mechanisms underlying the patterns of species extinction across various (temporal and spatial) scales in the aim to provide relevant insights to reduce future biodiversity losses.

Frédérik is an ecologist with a broad range of research interests including paleoecology, climate change, species range shifts, species migration and extinction, ecological modelling, vegetation modelling, point process models and spatial analyses.

Frédérik completed his PhD in Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment at the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CEFE) and the University Montpellier 2, France in December 2010 under the Supervision of Dr. Isabelle Chuine (CNRS) and Dr. Cédric Gaucherel (INRA). During his PhD and thereafter, as Postdoctoral Scholar at the School of Advanced Studies (2010-11, CBAE-EPHE, Montpellier, France) and Oregon State University (2011-13, Corvallis, Oregon, USA), his researches focused on vegetation responses to climate changes over long time periods, ranging from the Last Glacial Maximum to 2100. His works mainly addressed questions concerning ecological processes (migration, fitness, reproductive success... etc) driving the ability of vegetation to track its climate optimum over time at various spatial scales.


  • –present
    Research Associate in Ecology, University of Adelaide
  • 2011–2013
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Oregon State University, USA
  • 2010–2011
    Adjunct assistant professor, School of Advanced Studies (EPHE), France


  • 2010 
    University Montpellier 2 , PhD. / Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment
  • 2006 
    University Montpellier 2, MSc. / Biology Geosciences Agro-resources and Environment
  • 2004 
    University Montpellier 2, BSc. / Biology of Organisms


  • 2016
    Climate change not to blame for late Quaternary megafauna extinctions in Australia, Nature Communications
  • 2016
    What caused extinction of the Pleistocene megafauna of Sahul?, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • 2015
    Modelling species’ range dynamics: Which model and why?, Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  • 2015
    How climate, migration ability and habitat fragmentation affect the projected future distribution of European beech, Global Change Biology
  • 2015
    Uncertainties in specimen dates constrain the choice of statistical method to infer extinction time, Quaternary Sciences Review
  • 2015
    Criteria for assessing the quality of Middle Pleistocene to Holocene vertebrate fossil ages, Quaternary Geochronology
  • 2014
    Climate refugia: joint inference from fossil records, species distribution models, and phylogeography, New Phytologist
  • 2013
    Climate or migration: what limited European beech post-glacial colonization?, Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • 2013
    The role of temperature on treeline migration for an eastern African Mountain during the Last Glacial Maximum, Climatic Change
  • 2009
    A phenomenological model without dispersal kernel to model species migration, Ecological Modelling

Professional Memberships

  • Ecological Society of America
  • International Biogeography Society
  • British Ecological Society
  • International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists

Research Areas

  • Ecology (0602)
  • Palaeoecology (060206)
  • Ecological Impacts Of Climate Change (050101)
  • Statistics (0104)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Speciation And Extinction (060311)
  • Migration (160303)