Joël Robin

Joël Robin
Associate professor, functional analysis of aquatic ecosystems

Phytoplankton dynamics and succession, cyanobacteria blooms, aquatic ecosystem restoration methods, integrated water resource management

Research Unit
Agroecology and Environment



Phytoplankton, algae, cyanobacteria, pond, lake, bathing, fish farming, fishing, eutrophication, pollution

Current projects

  • TIPPINGPOND: TIPPING points, biodiversity, resilience and ecosystem services: PONDs as model system (projet européen)
  • PONDERFULPOND Ecosystems for Resilient FUture Landscapes in a changing climate (EU Project, H2020)
  • SEPURE : New strategies for sustainable fish farming (EU Project, FEAMP)
  • FISH ACTION : Experiments for optimizing the biological and fish productivity of ponds and development of a decision support tool (Region AURA)
  • AGROECOLOGIE ETANGSDefinition of agroecological practices to maintain ecosystem services and conserve biodiversity in fish ponds (Carasso Fundation)
  • CYANOTOXDevelopment and toxicity of cyanobacteria biofilms in rivers (EUR-H20 Lyon 1 University / Ain River Union)



Teaching activities

  • Zoology, 1st year Engineer cycle
  • Ecology, 2nd year Engineer cycle
  • Water and Environnement, 1st year Master
  • MAESTRO (Professional work-life simulation for students), 1st year Master
  • Summer School ISARA Food Science, 1st year Master.
  • Keynote Speaker in different Master (Aquaculture, Ecology, Territory Development, Bioevaluation of Ecosystems and Biodiversity), 2nd year Master



Professional experience and formation

  • Researcher, Lecturer, Unit Agroecology et Environnement, ISARA.
  • Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (French accreditation to supervise Research). Lyon 1 University (2017).
  • PhD Ecosystem Analysis and modelling, “Dynamics of Phytoplancton and experiments of cyanobacteria bloom control». Lyon I University (1999).



  • Vanacker, M., Wezel, A., Oertli, B., Robin, J., 2018. Water quality parameters and tipping points of dragonfly diversity and abundance in fishponds. Limnology, 19: 321-333.
  • Ait Hammou, H., Latour, D., Samoudi, S., Mouhri, K., Douma, M., Robin, J., Loudiki, M., 2018. Occurrence of the First Toxic Microcystis Bloom in a Recent Moroccan Reservoir. Water Resources, Vol. 45, n°3, 409-417.
  • Aubin, J., Robin, J., Wezel, A., Thomas, M., 2017. Agroecological Management in Fish Production, In: Wezel, A. (ed), Agroecological Practices for Sustainable Agriculture: Principles, Applications, and Making the Transition. World Scientific, New Jersey, USA, pp. 355–394.
  • Samoudi S., Latour D., Robin J., Sabart M., Misson B., Ait Hammou H., Mouhri K., Loudiki M., 2016. Horizontal distribution of the cell abundance and toxicity of Microcystis in a hypereutrophic Moroccan reservoir. Contemporary Problems of Ecology, Volume 9, 554–562.
  • Vanacker, M., Wezel, A., Arthaud, F., Guerin, M., Robin, J., 2016. Determination of tipping points for aquatic plants and water quality parameters in fish pond systems: A multi-year approach. Ecological Indicators, Vol. 64, 39-48.
  • Wezel, A., Oertli, B., Rosset, V., Arthaud, F., Leroy, B., Smith, R., Angélibert, S., Bornette, G., Vallod, D., Robin, J., 2014. Biodiversity patterns of nutrient-rich fish ponds and implications for conservation. Limnology Vol.15, n°3,213-223.
  • Vanacker, M., Wezel, A., Payet, V., Robin, J., 2015. Determining tipping points in aquatic ecosystems: The case of biodiversity and chlorophyll-a relations in fish pond systems. Ecological Indicators, 52: 184-193
  • Robin J., A. Wezel, G. Bornette, F. Arthaud, S. Angélibert, V. Rosset, B. Oertli, 2014. Biodiversity in eutrophicated shallow lakes: determination of tipping points and tools for monitoring. Hydrobiologia, 723:63–75.
  • Lepori, F., Robin, J., 2014. Nitrogen limitation of the phytobenthos in Alpine lakes: results from nutrient-diffusing substrata. Freshwater Biology, 59: 1633-1645.
  • Ait Hammou H., Latour D., Sabart M., Samoudi S., Mouhri K., Robin J., Loudiki M., 2014. Temporal evolution and vertical stratification of Microcystis toxic potential during a first bloom event. Aquatic Ecology, 48 : 219–228.
  • Rosset, V., Angelibert, S., Arthaud, F., Bornette, G., Robin, J., Wezel, A., Vallod, D., Oertli, B., 2014. Is eutrophication really a major impairment for small waterbody biodiversity? Journal of Applied Ecology, 51(2): 415-425.
  • Wezel, A., Oertli, B., Rosset, V., Arthaud, F., Leroy, B., Smith, R., Angelibert, S., Bornette, G., Vallod, D., Robin, J., 2014. Biodiversity patterns of nutrient-rich fish ponds and implications for conservation. Limnology, 15: 213-223.
  • Wezel, A., Robin, J., Guerin, M., Arthaud, F., Vallod, D., 2013. Management effects on water quality, sediments and fish production in extensive fish ponds in the Dombes region, France. Limnologica Vol. 43, n°3, 210–218.
  • Wezel, A., F. Arthaud, C. Dufloux, F. Renoud, D. Vallod, Robin, B. Sarrazin, 2013. Varied impact of land use on water and sediment parameters in fish ponds of the Dombes agro-ecosystem, France. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 58: 854-871.
  • Arthaud, F., Vallod, D., Robin J., Wezel, A., Bornette, G., 2013. Short–term succession of aquatic plant species richness along ecosystem productivity and dispersal gradients in shallow lakes. Journal of Vegetation science, 24: 148–156.
  • Pobel, D, Humbert J.F.,Godon J.J., Robin J., 2012. High-frequency monitoring of the genetic diversity and the potential toxicity of a Microcystis aeruginosa bloom in a French shallow lake. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 79: 132-141.
  • Arthaud, F., Mousset, M., Vallod, D., Robin, J., Wezel, A., Bornette, G., 2012 – Effect of light stress from phytoplankton on the relationship between aquatic vegetation and the propagule bank in shallow lakes. Freshwater Biology, 57: 666–675.
  • Arthaud, F.,Vallod, D., Robin, J., Bornette, G, 2012. Eutrophication and drought disturbance shape functional diversity and life-history traits of aquatic plants in shallow lakes. Aquatic Sciences 74: 471-481.
  • Pobel, D., Robin, J., Humbert, J.F. 2011. Influence of sampling strategies on the monitoring of cyanobacteria in shallow lakes: Lessons from a case study in France. Water Research, 45: 1005-1014.
  • Sabart M., Pobel D., Latour D., Robin J., Salencon M.J. & Humbert J.F., 2009. Spatiotemporal evolution of the genetic diversity in French bloom-forming populations of the potentially toxic cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa. Environmental Microbiology. Reports, 1(4): 263-272.
  • Robin J., Hallier A., Serot T., Vallod D., 2009. Impact of Anabaena spp. blooms on sensory quality of rainbow trout (Onchorynchus mykiss). Journal of Water Science, 22: 103-113.
  • Vallod, D., Cravedi J.P., Hillenweck, A., Robin, J. 2007. Analysis of the off-flavor risk in carp production in ponds in Dombes and Forez (France). Aquaculture International, 15, 3-4 : 287-298.
  • Selli S., Rannou C., Prost C., Robin J., Serot T., 2007. Characterization of aroma-active compounds in rainbow trout (Onchorynchus mykiss) eliciting an off-odor. Journal of Agricultural And Food Chemistry, 54 : 9496-9502.
  • Robin, J., Cravedi, J.P., Hillenweck, A., Deshayes, C., Vallod, D. 2006. Off-flavor characterization and origin in French trout farming. Aquaculture, 260, 128-138.