Dr. Anne Larigauderie

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Dr. Anne Larigauderie
Executive Director, DIVERSITAS

Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN)
57 Rue Cuvier – CP 41
75231 Paris Cedex 05
France

Tel : +33 (0)1 40 79 80 41
Fax : +33 (0)1 40 79 80 45

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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 research assistant, and later as a staff scientist on various projects. In Alaska, she was involved in the first pilot project performing CO2 enrichment of natural ecosystems in the tundra (with W.C. Oechel). In California (San Diego State University and the University of California – Davis) she worked on root competition of California grassland species for soil nutrient pockets (with Dr. 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 Dr. Boyd Strain and Dr. Jim Reynolds, Duke University, North Carolina).

Dr. Larigauderie returned to Europe, working as a research scientist on the adaptation of dark respiration of lowland and alpine plant species to future elevated temperatures (with 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), where she was in charge of the portfolio of programmes related to the environment (which includes DIVERSITAS). She was appointed as Executive Director of DIVERSITAS late 2001, and tasked with launching a new programme for biodiversity science.