Dr Azihou

AZIHOU A. Fortuné, Ph. D

CURRICULUM VITAE

IDENTITY

Full name: AZIHOU Akomian Fortuné
Nationality: Beninese
Date and place of birth : 25 January 1986, Allada, Republic of Benin
Sex: Male
Profession: Lecturer at University of Abomey-Calavi

STATUTE: unmarried without child

PERMANENT ADDRESS

01 BP 532, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Tel: + 229 982863 17
E-mail: fortune.azihou@fsa.uac.bj / fazihou@gmail.com
Website: http://www.leabenin-fsauac.net

TEACHING AREAS

 Conservation biology
 Biological diversity assessment methods
 Habitat management
 Ecological niche modelling
 Red List of endangered species process
 Plant communities
 Biogeography
 Statistical analyses for vegetation data

BACKGROUND

 Conservation of natural resources
 Plant – animal interactions
 Ecosystem services and global changes
 Vegetation dynamics
 Habitat management

EDUCATION

 2014: Post Doctoral Fellow in molecular evidence of long-distance dispersal in savanna ecosystems; Ghent University, Belgium. Post-Doc supervisor: Prof. Godelieve GHEYSEN.
 2013: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Natural Resources Management (the Greatest Distinction with Congratulations); University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin; Dissertation supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ir. Brice SINSIN.
 2010: DEA degree (M.Sc.) with the Greatest Distinction, Natural Resources Management, University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin; Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ir. Brice SINSIN.
 2008: Engineer degree (Ir.) with the Greatest Distinction with Congratulations, Natural Resources Management, University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin; Supervisors: Dr. Ir. Guy Apollinaire MENSAH and Dr. Ir. Marcel HOUINATO.
 2007: General Agronomy degree, University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin.
 1996 – 2003: Secondary and High School, Republic of Benin.

PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATION

 2014 – till now: Lecturer, Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin.
 2014 – 2016: Visiting lecturer, National High School for the Management of Protected Areas (ENSAGAP), University of Parakou, Republic of Benin.
 2013 – 2014: Consultant in statistics, OIBT funded Project for the Establishment of a National Platform of Forestry Statistics in Benin.
 2012: Consultant for statistical analysis of data, Bioversity International, Nairobi, Kenya.
 2011 – 2013: Member of the Interim Steering Committee, Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN).
 2009: Consultant for compilation of data from Benin to help write the FAO status report entitled “Growing greener cities in Africa”, National Institute for Agricultural Research of Benin, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
 2009 – 2013: Assistant Researcher, Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin.
 2007: Junior Consultant in literature review on traditional leafy vegetables of Benin, National Institute for Agricultural Research of Benin, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
AWARDS
 2016: Nomination as Affiliate by the African Academy of Sciences for the period 2016 – 2020;
 2016: Admission in the Expert Assessment Groups – Green List supervised by the World Commission on Protected Areas(WCPA) for the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas initiative.
 2010 – 2013: Hessian State Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE): PhD studies (Academic Training Courses, Field Works and Subsistence);
 2004 – 2008: Beninese Government Scholarship (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

RESEARCH GRANTS

 2015: National Research Fund for Scientific and Technological Innovation (FNRSIT) research grant;
 2015: International Foundation for Sciences (IFS)collaborative research project (grant reference No J/5731-1);
 2015: National State Office of Wood (ONAB) research grant (2nd grant);
 2013: National State Office of Wood (ONAB) research grant (1st grant);
 2012: Rufford Small Grant (RSG) for Nature Conservation (Project 11208-1);
 2011: Research Grant for Excellence (Grant No. 11484/2011/DDS/DESFP/PAES), West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA).

TRAVEL GRANTS

 2015: National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Sponsorship;
 2014:International Foundation for Sciences (IFS) Capacity Enhancing Support Workshop on Collaborative Research focusing on Biodiversity;
 2014: GIP ECOFOR Travel Award;
 2012: German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BFN), Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) and Youth Association for the Protection of Nature (NAJU) Sponsorship;
 2012: IUFRO-SPDC Sponsorship, International Union of Forest Research Organizations;
 2011: Student Travel Award, International Association for Landscape Ecology;
 2010: Bursary, Conservation Science Group, University of Cambridge, UK;
 2010: Conference Fellowship, Ministry of the Environment, Japan.

SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS

• Peer-reviewed journals
 Bucksch A., Atta-Boateng A., Azihou A. F., Battogtokh D., Baumgartner A., Binder B. M., Braybrook S. A., Chang C., Coneva V., DeWitt T. J., Fletcher A. G., Gehan M. A., Diaz -Martinez D. H., Hong L., Iyer-Pascuzzi A. S., Klein L. L., Leiboff S., Li M., Lynch J. P., Maizel A., Maloof J. N., Markelz R. J. C., Martinez C. C., Miller L. A., Mio W., Palubicki W., Poorter H., Pradal C., Price C. A., Puttonen E., Reese J. B., Rellán-Álvarez R., Spalding E. P., Sparks E. E., Topp C. N., Williams J. H. and Chitwood D. H., 2017. Morphological plant modeling: unleashing geometric and topological potential within the plant sciences. Frontiers in Plant Science, 8: 900. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00900
 Sèwadé C., Azihou A. F., Fandohan A. B., Glèlè Kakaï R. L., Mensah G. A. and Houinato M. R. B., 2017: Leaf biomass modeling, carrying capacity and species-specific performance in aerial fodder production of three priority browse species Afzelia africana, Pterocarpus erinaceus and Daniellia oliveri in Benin. Livestock Research for Rural Development, 29: Article #192.
http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd29/10/sewa29192.html
 Fandohan A. B., Azihou A. F., Asssogbadjo A. E., Fonton N. H., Sinsin A. B. and van Damme P., 2017. Environment-driven spatial pattern of tamarind trees in riparian forests. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development, 111: 23 – 37. doi: 10.12895/jaeid.20171.499
 Andronache I., Fensholt R., Ahammer H., Ciobotaru A-M., Pintilii R-D., Peptenatu D., Drăghici C-C., Diaconu D. C., Radulović M., Pulighe G., Azihou A. F., Toyi M. S. and Sinsin B., 2017. Assessment of textural differentiations in forest resources in Romania using fractal analysis. Forests, 8: 54. doi:10.3390/f8030054
 Houndonougbo J. S. H., Salako V. K., Idohou R., Azihou F. A., Assogbadjo A. E. and Glèlè Kakaï R., 2017. Local perceptions of elephant-Borassus aethiopum Mart. (Arecaceae) interactions in the Pendjari National Park in Benin. Bois et Forêts des Tropiques, 331: 7 – 17.
 Hounkpèvi A., Azihou A. F., Kouassi E. K., Porembski S. and Glèlè Kakaï R., 2016.Climate-induced morphological variation of black plum (Vitex doniana Sw.) in Benin, West Africa. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 63: 1073 – 1084.
 Idohou R., Assogbadjo A. E., Azihou F., Glèlè Kakaï R. and Adomou A., 2016. Influence of the landscape context on stand structure and spatial patterns of the doum palm (Hyphaene thebaica Mart.) in the Republic of Benin (West Africa). Agroforestry Systems, 90: 591 – 605.
 Sèwadé C., Azihou A. F., Fandohan A. B., Houéhanou T. D. et Houinato M., 2016. Diversité, priorité pastorale et de conservation des ligneux fourragers des terres de parcours en zone soudano-guinéenne du Bénin. BASE, 20 (2) : 113 – 129.
 Salako V. K., Azihou A. F., Assogbadjo A. E., Houéhanou T. D., Kassa B. D. and Glèlè Kakaï R. L., 2016. Elephant-induced damage drives spatial isolation of the dioecious palm Borassus aethiopum Mart. (Arecaceae) in the Pendjari National Park, Benin. African Journal of Ecology, 54: 9 – 19.
 Assédé E. S. P., Azihou F. A., Adomou A. C., Oumorou M. et Sinsin B., 2015. Effet du relief sur la régénération des espèces ligneuses en zone soudanienne du Bénin. Bois et Forêts des Tropiques, 326 : 15 – 24.
 Donou Hounsode M. T., Glèlè Kakaï R., Azihou A. F.and Ouédraogo A., 2015. Efficiency of inventory plot patterns for the estimation of woody vegetation recruit density in a tropical dense forest in Benin. African Journal of Ecology, 53: 355 – 361.
 Azihou A. F., Glèlè Kakaï R. and Sinsin B., 2014. Importance of functional traits and regional species pool in predicting long-distance dispersal in savanna ecosystems. Plant Ecology, 215: 651 – 660.
 Kassa B. D., Fandohan B., Azihou A. F., Assogbadjo A. E., Oduor A. M. O., Kidjo F., Babatounde S., Liu J. and Glele Kakai R., 2014. Survey of Loxodonta africana (Elephantidae)-caused bark injury on Adansonia digitata (Malvaceae) within Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, Benin. African Journal of Ecology, 52: 385–394.
 Azihou A. F., Glèlè Kakaï R. and Sinsin B., 2013. Do isolated gallery-forest trees facilitate recruitment of forest seedlings and saplings in savanna? Acta Oecologica, 53: 11 – 18.
 Azihou A. F., Glèlè Kakaï R., Bellefontaine R. and Sinsin B., 2013. Distribution of tree species along a gallery forest–savanna gradient: patterns, overlaps and ecological thresholds. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 29: 25 – 37.
 Lokonon B. E., Bonou W. N., Kassa B., Azihou A. F., Assogbadjo A. E. and Glèlè Kakaï R., 2013. Structural and ethnobotanical characterization of Velvet Tamarind (Dialium guineense Willd), a multipurpose tree species. Agronomie Africaine, 25: 121 – 131.
 Assogbadjo A. E., Glèlè Kakaï R., Adjallala F. H., Azihou A. F., Vodouhê G. F., Kyndt T. and Codjia J. T. C., 2011. Ethnic differences in use value and use patterns of the threatened multipurpose scrambling shrub (Caesalpinia bonduc L.) in Benin. Journal of Medicinal Plant Research, 5(9) 1549 – 1557.
 Vodouhè R., Dansi A., Avohou T. H., Kpèki B. and Azihou F., 2011. Plant domestication and its contributions to in situ conservation of genetic resources in Benin. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 3 (2): 40 – 56.
• Dissertations
 Azihou A. F., 2013. Ecology of isolated trees in tropical savannas: modelling of plant species distribution and colonization of new habitats through long-distance dispersal and facilitation. PhD Thesis, DAGE/FSA/UAC. 162 p.
 Azihou A. F., 2010. Ecological factors associated with the spatial isolation of individual tree of the gregarious species Isoberlinia doka Craib and Stapf in Benin. Master of Science dissertation, DAGE/FSA/UAC. 41 p.
 Azihou A. F., 2008. Influence de l’éléphant (Loxodonta africana) sur la structure des formations végétales et la disponibilité des espèces végétales appétées par d’autres herbivores dans la Réserve de Biosphère de la Pendjari au Bénin. Thèse d’Ingénieur Agronome, DAGE/FSA/UAC. 84 p.
• Abstracts for scientific communications
 Azihou A. F., Glèlè Kakaï R. and Sinsin B., 2016. Spatial patterns in stands predict spatial isolation of individuals within a dioecious savanna palm tree. Oral communication presented during the Humboldt Kolleg Meeting – Utilizing and Conserving Natural Resources under Climate Change in Africa. Ouidah, Republic of Benin, 5 – 7 December 2016. pp 18.
 Azihou F., 2014. Community forests, local people and tropical botanists: new opportunities for conservation out of protected areas. Oral communication presented during the conference “Botanists of the twenty – first century: roles, challenges and opportunities. UNESCO – Paris, 22-25 September 2014.
 Azihou A. F.and Sinsin B., 2012. Utility of ecological thresholds in biodiversity conservation: insights from tree species distribution at gallery forest and savannah boundary. Books of abstracts. IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress & ITTO/AFF Forest Policy Day – Forests and trees: serving the people of Africa and the World, 25 – 29 June 2012, Nairobi, Kenya. pp: 87.
 Azihou F. A., 2011. Biodiversity and ecological tree community thresholds in the gallery forest and savannah boundary at the landscape scale, in the Biosphere Reserve of Pendjari, Benin. Proceedings of the 8th World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology – Landscape ecology for sustainable environment and culture, 18 -23rd August 2011, Beijing, China. pp: 23 – 24.
 Azihou A. F., 2011. Isolation of individuals in a gregarious tree species. Talks and Posters. Student Conference on Conservation Science. 22 – 24 March 2011, University of Cambridge, UK. pp : 3.
 Azihou F. and Sinsin B. 2010. Facteurs écologiques associés aux arbres isolés au sein de l’espèce grégaire Isoberlinia doka Craib and Stapf au Bénin. Résumés des communications des Journées Scientifiques Internationales de Lomé XIVème édition (JSIL 2010) – La contribution de la recherche scientifique et technologique à la réduction de la pauvreté en Afrique sub-saharienne. 25 – 29 octobre 2010, Campus universitaire, Lomé, Togo. pp:242 – 243.

• Technical reports

 Azihou A. F., 2011. Etude diagnostique pour la réhabilitation de la forêt galerie et du cours d’eau du Village de Koutagou, Commune de Boukoumbé. Rapport d’expertise, ONG Jura-Afrique Bénin. 21 pages.

• Books or chapter of books

 Assogba Komlan F., Azihou F.and Johnson J-M., 2012. Country profiles: Benin. In FAO (ed.): Growing greener cities in Africa. First status report on urban and peri-urban horticulture in Africa. Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. pp: 39–40.

TRAINING

 Training workshop on “the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas user manual”, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, 30 – 31 January 2017.
 Training course on “higher education curriculum and LMD system”, University of Abomey-Calavi, Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin, 9 – 20 January 2017.
 Training course on “designing online course material” by IUT en Ligne, University of Artois (France), Abomey-Calavi, Republic of Benin, February 29th – March 3rd, 2016.
 National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Investigative Workshop on Morphological Plant Models, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, 2 – 4 September 2015.
 Capacity Enhancing Support Workshop on Collaborative Research focusing on Biodiversity, Ouidah, Republic of Benin: 8 – 11 December, 2014.
 IUFRO-SPDC Pre-Congress Training Workshop on “Preparing and writing research proposals”, Muguga, Kenya: 23 – 24 June, 2012.
 Training course on Remote Sensing in partnership with Undesert Project, University of Abomey-Calavi (Republic of Benin), Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and University of Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Cotonou, Republic of Benin: 20 – 24 February, 2012.
 Training course on ArcGIS in partnership with Undesert Project, University of Abomey-Calavi (Republic of Benin) and University of Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Cotonou, Republic of Benin: 15 – 18 February, 2012.
 Training workshop on “How to write a scientific paper, or How to avoid Snoopy’s problem…” University of Cambridge, UK: 23rd March, 2011.
 Training workshop on “Raising funds for your conservation project” University of Cambridge, UK: 22nd March, 2011.

MEETINGS / CONFERENCES / SYMPOSIUM

 Participation in the Humboldt Kolleg Meeting, Ouidah, Republic of Benin, 5 – 7 December 2016.
 Participation in the 10th General Assembly of The African Academy of Sciences, Kasane, Botswana, 21 – 22 June, 2016.
 Participation in the Annual Meeting of IFS funded Collaborative Team Research Grants, Morogoro, Tanzania, 7 – 12 December, 2015.
 Participation in the 6th National Week on Protected Areas, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, 15 – 20 December, 2015.
 Participation in the 22nd Annual meeting of the Beninese Association for Rangeland Management, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, November 21st, 2015.
 Participation in the 5th National Week on Protected Areas, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, 24 – 28 November, 2014.
 Participation in the 21st Annual meeting of the Beninese Association for Rangeland Management, Cotonou, Republic of Benin, November 15th, 2014.
 Participation in the International Conference “Botanists of the 21st Century: roles, challenges and opportunities”, Paris, France, 22 – 25September, 2014.
 Participation in the Global Youth Biodiversity Network Kick-off Conference, Berlin, Germany,21 – 27August, 2012.
 Participation in the IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress & ITTO/AFF Forest Policy Day – Forests and trees: serving the people of Africa and the World, Nairobi, Kenya, 25 – 29 June, 2012.
 Participation in the 8th World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology – Landscape ecology for sustainable environment and culture, Beijing, China,18 – 23 August 2011.
 Participation in the Student Conference on Conservation Science, University of Cambridge, UK, 22 – 24 March, 2011.
 Participation in the XIVth edition of the International Scientific Conference of the University of Lomé, Togo, 25 – 29 October, 2010.
 Participation in the International Youth Conference on Biodiversity in Aichi 2010, Nagoya, Japan, 23 – 27 August, 2010.

EDITORIAL SERVICES AND SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION

 Reviewer: Restoration Ecology, South African Journal of Botany, African Journal of Ecology.
 Laboratory of Applied Ecology (LEA) at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi; Republic of Benin.
 Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations (LABEF) at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi; Republic of Benin.
 International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE), Africa Chapter.
 Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC).
 Global Youth and Biodiversity Network (GYBN).

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

 French: Native
 English: Very good (listening, speaking, reading and writing)
 Aïzo: Mother tongue

INFORMATICS

 Microsoft Office Applications
 Statistical software: R, SAS, SPSS, Minitab
 GIS software: ArcGis
 Biodiversity monitoring: CAP, CANOCO, TWINSPAN, EstimateS
 Climate Change: DIVA GIS, MAXENT