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Nathalie Pettorelli

Research Fellow, Zoological Society of London

I completed my PhD at the Laboratory of Biometry and Evolutionary Biology in Lyon, France. My Ph.D. project aimed at describing and quantifying the impact of spatial variation in habitat quality on the individual performance and dynamics of a roe deer population monitored for more than 25 years in the south west of France (Chizé).

My two Postdoctoral positions at the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, (CEES, University of Oslo, Norway), were successively funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Lavoisier fellowship) and a European fellowship (Marie Curie). They focused on the use of satellite-based data (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index, NDVI) in ecology, more particularly in population dynamics of large herbivores (reindeer, roe deer, red deer).

After spending 8 months at Laval University (Quebec) addressing similar questions to those worked on in France and Norway, I joined the Institute of Zoology in April 2006, and started to work on cheetah demography in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

So far I have published more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and several contributions such as book chapters or reports. My aim is to conduct high quality, innovative and internationally recognized research through a multi-disciplinary approach involving statistics, remote sensing and programming.


  • 2011–present
    Research Fellow, Institute of Zoology


  • 2002 
    Laboratory of Biometry and Evolutionary Biology, PhD