Welcome to the

Center for Research on Biodiversity and Environment

CRBE is a public research laboratory based in Toulouse that studies environmental changes and their interactions on the living earth. 


The CRBE studies the influence of environmental changes and their interactions on the living earth, and the feedback of socio-ecological systems on these changes.

Research into biodiversity and ecosystem functioning combines concepts from ecology, evolutionary biology and environmental science, and focuses on 4 main objectives:

  • Document the diversity of life on earth and the environmental conditions in which living organisms structure and maintain themselves;
  • Understand the mechanisms by which disturbances affect living organisms, biogeochemical cycles, and biodiversity-function relationships within ecosystems;
  • Identify the role of biological interactions and evolutionary processes on the ability of species to adapt to environmental change;
  • Propose environmental management tools that integrate ecology, environmental change and human-environment interactions.
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