Doctor in biology and tropical ecology at the University of Toulouse , France ( 1999) , a researcher at IRD , France, since 2000. Specializing in botanical inventory of biodiversity , taxonomy , phylogeny , biogeography , genetics, and evolution of domestication. His main work is on palm trees, with experience in crop species ( datil in Africa and the Middle East ; pijuayo in South America ) and wild species , focusing on systematics and biogeography . Experience in cooperation with universities in Pakistan , Algeria , Tunisia , Colombia , Ecuador, and Peru .
Important participation in higher education in South America giving several courses annually ( phylogenetic Systematic Botany of the palms , Neotropical Ecosystems ) and counseling students at different levels ( bachelor, master , doctorate ). Experience also supports the development of molecular biology laboratories , with jobs in devolution, establishing protocols , production of molecular markers for evaluation of genetic resources ( including a patent on varietal certification markers and early sex identification in date) . Involvement in various international projects such as the European FP7- PALMS (2009-2013 ) “Impact of harvesting of palm trees in tropical forests ” , leading the work package ” Resilience and ecosystem functioning limit ” project. Participation in several multidisciplinary expeditions inventory biodiversity in Amazonia and Oceania . Additional topics of research in southern tree ferns and conifers.