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bio Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard

Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard holds a Master's Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Lyon, France, and a Master in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Montpellier, France. She earned her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Montpellier, France, on the relationships between native plant community diversity and its resistance to invasion by exotic species. Following her PhD, she did post-doctoral research, at CABI Bioscience in Ascot, United Kingdom, on the role of native plants and herbivores diversity on invasion by exotic plant species. She then worked at the University of Paris Sud XI-Orsay, France, on the relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard has also teaching experience at the Universities of Paris and Montpellier.

In 2001, she joined DIVERSITAS, the international programme of biodiversity science, to assist the Executive Director with starting and launching the second phase of this programme. Her job, as Science Officer, consisted in developing and coordinating the scientific activities, in which DIVERSITAS is involved.

In January 2006, she was promoted as Deputy Director of DIVERSITAS. In addition to science-policy activities (e.g. collaboration with the Convention on Biological Diversity, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), financial responsibilities, and staff management responsibilities, her scientific portfolio included issues related to freshwater biodiversity, biodiversity and health, evolutionary aspects of biodiversity science.

In August 2013, she was appointed Acting Executive Director overseeing the transition of DIVERSITAS towards Future Earth is completed.

Contact: anne-helene_AT_diversitas-international.org

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