Thierry Chambert

  • Postdoctoral Researcher


  1. Undergraduate Education: Biology, University of Sciences of Montpellier UM2 (2005-2007) and Montpellier SUPAGRO (2007-2009), France
  2. M.S. Ecology & Evolution, University of Sciences of Montpellier UM2, France (2010)
  3. Ph.D. Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University (2013)

Current Research

My current work consists in providing statistical and analytical support, as well as decision-making expertise, to ongoing population and community monitoring programs of the Amphibian Research Monitoring Initiative (ARMI).
A lot of my research focuses on the development of quantitative methods (e.g., occupancy modeling) aimed at helping resource managers to make informed decisions.

Research Interests

Structured Decision Making, quantitative ecology, population ecology, evolutionary ecology, conservation, ecological statistics, mark-recapture, occupancy


Chambert T., Hossack B.R., Fishback L. & Davenport J.M. (2016, in press) Estimating abundance in the presence of species uncertainty. Methods in Ecology and EvolutionDOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12570

Grant E.H.C., Miller D.A.W., Schmidt B.R., Adams M.J., Amburgey S.M., Chambert T., Cruickshank S.S., Fisher R.N., Green D.M., Hossack B.R., Johnson P.T.J., Joseph M.B., et al. (2016, in press) Quantitative evidence for the effects of multiple drivers on continental-scale amphibian declines. Scientific Reports, 6, 25625.

Boulinier T., Kada S., Ponchon A., Dupraz M., Dietrich M., Gamble A., Bourret V., Duriez O., Bazire R., Tornos J. Tveraa T., Chambert T., Garnier R., McCoy K.D. (2016, in press) Migration, Prospecting, Dispersal? What Host Movement Matters for Infectious Agent Circulation? Integrative and Comparative BiologyDOI: 10.1093/icb/icw015

Hossack B.R., Muths E., Rorabaugh J.C., Espinal J.A.L., Sigafus B.H., Chambert T., Arroyo G.C., Felix D.H., Martinez D.T. & Jones T.R. (2016, in press) Notes on the Distribution of Tiger Salamanders (presumed Ambystoma mavortium stebbinsi) in Sonora, Mexico. Herpetological Review, 47, 177-180.

Ponchon, A., Chambert, T., Lobato, E., Tveraa, T., Grémillet, D. & Boulinier T. (2015) Breeding failure induces large scale prospecting movements in the black-legged kittiwake. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 473, 138–145.

Chambert, T., Kendall, W.L., Hines, J.E., Nichols, J.D., Pedrini, P., Waddle, J.H., Walls, S.C., Tavecchia, G. & Tenan, S. (2015) Testing hypotheses on distribution shifts and changes in phenology of imperfectly detectable species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6, 638–647.

Chambert, T., Miller, D.A.W. & Nichols, J.D. (2015) Modeling false positive detections in species occurrence data under different study designs. Ecology, 96, 332–339.

Chambert, T., Rotella, J.J. & Garrott, R.A. (2014) Female Weddell seals show flexible strategies of colony attendance related to varying environmental conditions. Ecology, 96, 479–488.

Chambert, T., Rotella, J.J. & Garrott, R.A. (2014) An evolutionary perspective on reproductive individual heterogeneity in a marine vertebrate. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83(5), 1158–1168.

Chambert, T., Rotella, J.J., Higgs, M.D. & Garrott, R.A. (2014) Use of posterior predictive checks as an inferential tool for investigating individual heterogeneity in animal population vital rates. Ecology and Evolution, 4(8), 1389–1397.

Chambert, T., Rotella, J.J., Higgs, M.D. & Garrott, R.A. (2013) Individual heterogeneity in reproductive rates and cost of reproduction in a long-lived vertebrate. Ecology and Evolution, 3(7), 2047–2060.

Choquet, R., Carrié, C., Chambert, T. & Boulinier, T. (2013) Estimating transitions between classified states using non-discrete measures with imperfect detection.  Ecology, 94(10), 2160–2165.

Chambert, T., Rotella, J.J. & Garrott, R.A. (2012) Environmental extremes versus ecological extremes: Impact of a massive iceberg on the population dynamics of a high-level Antarctic marine predator. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279, 4532–4541.

Chambert, T., Staszewski, V., Lobato, E., Choquet, R., Carrie, C., McCoy, K., Tveraa, T. & Boulinier, T. (2012) Exposure of Black-legged kittiwakes to Lyme disease spirochetes: dynamics of the immune status of adult hosts and effect on their survival. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81(5), 986–995.

Ponchon, A., Grémillet, D., Doligez, B., Chambert, T., Tveraa, T., Gonzalez-Solis, J. & Boulinier, T. (2012) Tracking prospecting movements involved in breeding habitat selection: insights, pitfalls and perspectives. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(2), 143–150.

Rotella, J.J., Link, W.A., Chambert, T., Stauffer, G.E. & Garrott, R.A. (2012) Evaluating the demographic buffering hypothesis with vital rates estimated for Weddell seals from 30 years of mark-recapture data. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81, 162–173.

Chambert, T., Pardo, D., Choquet, R., Staszewski, V., McCoy, K.D., Tveraa, T. & Boulinier, T. (2012) Heterogeneity in detection probability along the breeding season in Black–legged kittiwakes, implications for sampling design. Journal of Ornithology, 152(Suppl.2), S371–S380.

Online Tutorial

Chambert, T., and D.A.W. Miller. 2015. Implementation of false positive models in program E-SURGE.
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