Nowadays, montane and subalpine hay meadows are threatened by two dichotomous trends: agricultural intensification and land abandonment. Both lead to dramatic biodiversity alteration of these habitats of high conservation value. For my master thesis, I took part in a long term project that started in 2010, whose main goal is to investigate which management intensification level allows preservation of biodiversity while providing satisfactory yields for farmers. Link to project ...
I am personally interested in the land snail community response to management intensification. Indeed, snails constitute an often-disregarded taxon and hold a key place in the food web. Additionally, their high level of habitat specialization and their low mobility making snails unable to escape from adverse conditions, they are expected to be particularly sensitive to land use changes and subsequent habitat alterations. They might therefore be used as a bioindicators for habitat degradation or/and quality and help to develop optimal management strategies.