Researcher - IRD - Steering Commitee Member
Palm biologist with extensive field experience in the Neotropics. His research includes ecology of palms (community ecology, distribution patterns in relation to substrate), phylogeny based of both morphological and molecular characters and genetic diversity. He has developed several molecular markers, especially microsatellites, for various groups of palms, and applied them to the study of natural populations and crops. He has since 2002, based in Ecuador, coordinated thee Neotropical Palms programme of IRD in Ecuador, Peru and French Guiana.