Biologist, ecologist, fisheries scientist

Senior Scientist / Former director of LEMAR from July 2016 to December 2021


Lemar laboratory




My research activities at the Institute for Research for Development have focused since 1988 on tropical fish and aquatic ecosystems, in partnership with the scientific communities of South America (1988-1995) and Sub-Saharan Africa (since 1995). Between 2000 and 2010, I carried out scientific work on Marine Protected Areas in West Africa, in particular, in collaboration with stakeholders and populations. I have also studied biodiversity in the tropical Atlantic and participated in assessments conducted as part of the development of the IUCN Red List of East Atlantic fish species. I was a member of the IPBES panel of experts for the regional report “Africa” in which I was coordinator (CLA) of chapter 1. During my career, I have been principal investigator for several research projects, the last of which (ANR EPURE, 2012-2016) focused on heavy metal contamination in marine species in the northern Canary Current. Since July 2016, I am the head of the Laboratory of Environmental Marine Sciences (LEMAR), which is a joint reserch unit (UMR) of UBO, CNRS, IRD and Ifremer and I remain involved in several research projects on tropical marine ecology.