Delphine Renard

McGill University
Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Elena Bennett
Start: 2012-09-30
End: 2015-12-31


Historical Ecology and Ecosystem services
My research explores historical ecosystem services and aims more particularly at evaluating how modifications of the landscape configuration affect the provision of multiple ecosystem services through time. I am working in the framework of the project Monteregie Connection ( and my project covers the entire Montérégie region over the last century.


1- Origin of mound-field landscapes: a multi-proxy approach combining contemporary vegetation, carbon stable isotopes and phytoliths
Renard, Delphine, Jago Jonathan Birk, Bruno Glaser, José Iriarte, Gilles Grisard, Johannes Karl, Doyle McKey
2011 Plant and Soil

2- Ancient human agricultural practices can promote activities of contemporary non-human soil ecosystem engineers: A case study in coastal savannas of French Guiana
Renard, Delphine, Jago Jonathan Birk, Anne Zangerlé, Patrick Lavelle, Bruno Glaser, Rumsaïs Blatrix, Doyle McKey
2013 Soil Biology and Biochemistry

3- Ant Nest Architecture and Seed Burial Depth: Implications for Seed Fate and Germination Success in a Myrmecochorous Savanna Shrub
Renard, Delphine, Bertrand Schatz, Doyle B. McKey
2010 Ecoscience

4- Ecological engineers ahead of their time: The functioning of pre-Columbian raised-field agriculture and its potential contributions to sustainability today
Renard, D., J. Iriarte, J.J. Birk, S. Rostain, B. Glaser, D. McKey
2012 Ecological Engineering

5- Late Holocene Neotropical agricultural landscapes: phytolith and stable carbon isotope analysis of raised fields from French Guianan coastal savannahs
Iriarte, José, Bruno Glaser, Jennifer Watling, Adam Wainwright, Jago Jonathan Birk, Delphine Renard, Stéphen Rostain, Doyle McKey
2010 Journal of Archaeological Science

6- Pre-Columbian agricultural landscapes, ecosystem engineers, and self-organized patchiness in Amazonia
McKey, D., S. Rostain, J. Iriarte, B. Glaser, J. J. Birk, I. Holst, D. Renard
2010 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences