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bio Anne Larigauderie

Dr. Anne Larigauderie received her Master's Degree in molecular biology from the University of Toulouse, France, and her PhD in plant ecology, from the CNRS in Montpellier. She then spent several years in the USA, working as a scientist in several scientific projects. In Alaska, for example, she was involved in the first pilot project performing CO2 enrichment of natural ecosystems in the tundra in open top chambers (with Prof. W.C. Oechel). In California (San Diego State University and the University of California – Davis) she worked on root competition among California grassland species for soil nutrient pockets (with Prof. Jim Richards). A subsequent project focused on responses of various grass species to various scenarios of elevated CO2 and temperature, the aim of which was to predict response of grasses to future climate change (with Prof. Boyd Strain and Prof. Jim Reynolds, Duke University, North Carolina).

Dr. Larigauderie returned to Europe, working as a research scientist on the potential acclimation of dark respiration of lowland and alpine plant species to future elevated temperatures (with Prof. Christian Körner, University of Basel, Switzerland). In 1996 she became the coordinator of the Swiss Priority Programme on biodiversity, and the scientific adviser to the Swiss delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
In 1999, she joined the International Council for Science (ICSU, Paris), as Environmental Sciences Officer. She was appointed as Executive Director of DIVERSITAS late 2001. Since that time, her priorities have been to build a strong international scientific programme dedicated to the science of biodiversity and ecosystem services, on one hand, and to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services, on the other hand. In 2010, she was made “Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur” by the French Government.

Contact: anne_AT_diversitas-international.org

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