Ivory Coast
Université Jean Lorougnon Guédé / IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (West African regional Chair)
BII expert in: Amphibians and reptiles

I am particularly interested in the spatio-temporal factors that shape vertebrate communities, how and why species interact, and how natural and anthropogenic environmental changes impact species communities. Our of amphibian research aims to integrate research questions from taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, ecology and conservation biology. We focus predominantly on Ivorian amphibians, but also include species from other West African countries.

My research in Ivory Coast illustrated that anuran assemblages are valuable model systems to detect and monitor environmental change in rainforests, how human activities act differently on anuran assemblage composition in varied forest types, and that the eastern Ivorian forests are among the most threatened rainforests in Africa. My field surveys suggest that the rapid disruption of the eastern Ivorian forests imperils the local biodiversity. These results are communicated to official national agencies mandated to protect species and their habitats and used to develop sustainable solutions for amphibians long-term survival.


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