Georges Kunstler Forest ecologist



University studies and diplomas

  • 2001 French Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, FIF-ENGREF Nancy.
  • 2001 Master in Ecology and Evolutionary biology, University Montpellier II.
  • 2005 PhD. Thesis in Ecology, University Montpellier II, Late- successional species dy- namics and landscape transformation, Supervised by T. Curt & J. Lepart. Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, Montpellier
  • 2015 HDR. Habilitation Thesis in Ecology, University Joseph Fourier Grenoble, Trees interactions and forest communities dynamics along abiotic gardients

Work experience

  • 2005 Post-doc, David Coomes Cambridge University, UK, Waitutu Temperate Forest Simulation Model development (SORTIE-NZ). A collaborative project with Landcare Research (NZ) - Rob Allen and Institut of Ecosytem Studies (USA) - Charles Canham.
  • 2006 - 2012 Research Scientist, Irstea Grenoble, Unit Mountain Ecosystems.
  • 2012 - 2014 Marie-Curie Fellow, Macquarie University Sydney - Irstea Grenoble, with Mark Westoby.
  • Since 2015 member of the board of the French Ecological Society, sfe



  • Xavier Laviron, co-supervisor with Leca CNRS - on going. Joint species distribution models. Université Grenoble Alpes.
  • Thomas Bourdier (third supervisor) - 2016. Size inequality and forest productivity. Université Grenoble Alpes.
  • Emmanuel Defossez (main supervisor) - 2012. Climate change and tree recruitment in mountain forest. Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I.
  • Ghislain Vieilledent (third supervisor) - 2009. Structuring uncertainty and variability of ecological processes in forest dynamics models – Application to Silver Fir and Norway Spruce coexistence. Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble I.


  • Flore Viard-Cretat, 2010-2012. Climate, functional composition and diversity drive forest productivity in the French Alps.
  • Katalin Csillery, 2011-2012. Hierarchical Bayesian models to estimate size, competition and climate effect on tree mortality.
  • Arnaud Guyennon, 2017-2019. Stochastic patch occupancy models for European forests.