Agroecology and Environment research unit (AGE)

Higher Education Institution Agroecology and Environment research unit (AGE)


A scientific policy focusing on agroecology and sustainable food systems.


Christophe David Vice-Dean

Aurélie FERRER

Dr. Aurélie Ferrer, Agroecology and entomology

Expertise : interaction plants/phytophagous insects/predatory insects, biological control and pest management plans, life-history traits evolution in insects


Biological control, IPM, crop protection, agroecosystems, phytophagous and predatory insects, life-history traits evolution, phenotypic plasticity


  • Agronomy
  • Agroecology (Europeen Master of Agroecology)
  • Bioresources and biodiversity (ENS)
  • Biotechnology



2010-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Applied Entomology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland. Temperature-related phenotypic plasticity in an invasive pest species, impact of climate change and implication for biological control plans

2009-2010: Biology and Ecology Teacher, Lycée Enseignement Général et Technologique Agricole, Auzeville, France

2009-2009: Entomologist (R&D), AB7 Industries, Deyme, France

2005-2009: PhD Fellow, Laboratory of Agroecology, Unité Mixte de Recherche (UMR) 5174, Evolution & Biodiversity (EDB), Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique (ENFA), Toulouse, France. Predator-prey interactions, ecological specialisation in biological control agents and implications for biological control plans

2005 - 07: Part-time lecturer, Paul Sabatier University (UPS), Toulouse, France


  • Ferrer, A., Dixon, A. F. G. and Hemptinne, J.-L. (2015), Habitat or prey specialization in predatory ladybird beetles: a case study of two closely related species. Journal of Applied Entomology. doi: 10.1111/jen.12244
  • Ferrer, A.; Mazzi, D. and Dorn, S. (2014) Stay cool, travel far: cold-acclimated oriental fruit moth females have enhanced flight performance but lay fewer eggs. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 151, 11–18 (DOI: 10.1111/eea.12163)
  • Ferrer, A.; Dorn, S. and Mazzi, D. (2013) Cross-generational effects of temperature on flight performance, and associated life-history traits in an insect. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26, 2321–2330 (DOI: 10.1111/jeb.12218)
  • Ferrer, A.; Gibernau, M.; Dixon, A.F.G.; Hemptinne, J-L. (2010) Ovarian dynamics and specialisation in Ladybirds. Ecological Entomology, 35, 100-103.
  • Ferrer, A.; Dixon, A.F.G., Hemptinne, J.L. (2008) Prey preference of ladybird larvae and its impact on larval mortality, some life-history traits of adults and females. Bulletin of Insectology, 61, 5-10.


Aurélie FERRER

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