DJAGOUN C. A. M. Sylvestre


Laboratory of Applied Ecology

Faculty of Agronomic Sciences

University of Abomey-Calavi

01 BP 526 Cotonou, Republic of Benin

Mobile phone: (229)-97-89-02-18 Fax: (229)-21-30-30-84

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  • · P.h.D, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2013, Major: Wildlife ecology and management
  • · D.E.A (Master’s of philosophy degree equivalent), University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2010, Major: Wildlife ecology and management
  • · D.E.S.S (Professional Master’s degree equivalent), University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2007, Major: Wildlife and natural range management
  • · Diplôme d’Ingénieur des Travaux (Bsc degree equivalent),  University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 2005, Major: Protection and Management of the Environment


  • · Training in Qualitative Methodology in Social Science, International Foundation for Science, Research Institute for the Development, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Sept. 17-28, 2007.
  • · Training in biology of cheetah conservation, offered by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in partnership with the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. From the 20th of October to the 15th of November 2008, at CCF’s field research centre in Otjiwarongo, Namibia.
  • · Training Workshop on Science-Policy Interfacing in Africa, IUFRO-SPDC/FORNESSA. 13-14 August 2008 Accra, Ghana
  • · Training in Ecology and Conservation, Tropical Biology Association Field course. 1-30 November 2009. Kirindy Forest in the Morondave Region, Madagascar
  • · National Training of Benin Clearing House Mechanism (CHM) under the Convention on Biological Diversity, 4-7 May 2010. Oriental Hotel, Benin.
  • · Training Workshop on Forest and Human Health. IUFRO. 16-20 August 2010. Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • · Second Advanced Study Institute on Mathematical Modeling in Conservation Biology at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI), 8-16 January 2011, Naivasha, Kenya
  • · Training on R software at Imperial College, United Kingdom. 1-27 April 2011.
  • · Seventh Biovision Word Life Sciences Forum, 27-29 March 2011, Lyon, France
  • · Training course “Introduction to Stable Light Isotope Mass Spectrometry”. 28 May to 1 June 2012. Department of Archeology, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • · Training course in Writing Convincing Research Proposal, 23-24 JUNE 2012, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KFRI), Nairobi, Kenya.

  GRANTS AND AWARDS Scholarships

  • · 2007: Region Program of Man and the Biosphere research Grant for UNESCO: Program of Reinforcement of scientific and technical capacity for an efficient and sustainable use of biodiversity in biosphere reserves of dry and semi-dry West Africa
  • · 2009: Bourse de soutien de l’UEMOA à la formation et la recherche de l’excellence

Research Grants

  • · 2008: National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRAB) competitive funds. (Project title: Ethno-botanical study and morphological characterization of Chrysophyllum albidum in different agro-ecological zones of Benin)
  • · 2010: Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation Application (Project title: Evaluation and Implementation of Conservation Strategies for the Sustainable Exploitation of Wildlife Resources Used as Animal Based Medicine in Benin. (Rufford Small Grant Award).
  • · 2011: American Society of Primatologists Conservation Small Grant Award (Project title: Hunting and trade primates for animal based medicine purposes in Southern Benin: Implications for long term conservation).
  • · 2012: International Foundation of Sciences Awards (Project title: The importance of post-fire re-growth for grazer bovid species in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve: implication for conservation and management)


  • ·2012: Wild idea Grant for purchasing Research Equipment


  • · 2008: IUFRO-Support for Participant from Developing Country (SPDC)
  • · 2010: IUFRO-Support for Participant from Developing Country (SPDC)
  • · 2011: TWAS Travel Grant
  • · 2011: VLIR UOS Travel Grant
  • · 2012: IUFRO-Support for Participant from Developing Country (SPDC)

  Presentations & Associations  

  • · First national congress on protected areas. University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 16 – 18 June 2006. Oral Communication.
  • · Journée Scientifique de l’Institut National Pour la Recherche Agronomique au Bénin, Cotonou, Benin (15 April, 2007). Oral Communication
  • · 10th African Small Mammal Symposium, University of Abomey-Calavi, Abomey-Calavi, Bénin (Aug. 20-25, 2007).  Oral and Poster presentation.
  • · Journée Scientifique International de Lomé, University of Lomé, Togo. 24-28 October. Oral Communication.
  • · Third national congress on protected areas. University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 7 – 9 July 2008. Oral Communication
  • · First Conference on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forest Resources in Africa. IUFRO-SPDC/FORNESSA, Accra, Ghana, 15-17 August 2008.  Oral Communication.
  • · International Cheetah Conservation Biology Conference, Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Otjiwarongo, Namibia. 20th of October to the 15th of November 2008. Oral Communication
  • · Fourth national congress on protected areas. University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, 1 – 3 July 2009. Oral Communication
  • · National Seminary on the Biodiversity Conservation, Fondation Espace Afrique (CIEVRA), 6-8 July 2010. Oral communication.
  • · International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO).  XXIII World Congress, 23-28 August 2010. Oral communication.
  • · XIVème Journées Scientifiques Internationales de Lomé (JSIL), Campus de Lomé – Togo 25-29 Octobre 2010. Oral communication.
  • · 13th Student Conference on conservation Sciences (SCCS), 22-24 Mars 2011, University of Cambridge, U.K. Poster communication.
  • · 11th African Small Mammal Symposium, University of Swaziland, Swaziland (July. 3-8, 2011).  Oral and Poster presentation
  • · First IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress & ITTO/AFF Forest Policy Day, 25-30 June 2012 NAIROBI, KENYA. Oral communication
  • · 1st Student Conference on conservation Sciences (SCCS), China, Pekin University (1-5Nov. 2013). Oral Communication.

Scientific Publications Thesis

  • · DJAGOUN, C. A. M. Sylvestre. 2013. Feeding ecology and habitat use of bovid species in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, Benin (West Africa). PhD degree. Faculty of Agronomy Science/University of Abomey-Calavi/Benin.165 pages.
  • · DJAGOUN, C. A. M. Sylvestre. 2009. Large and small browser bovid species habitat use in a fluctuating sudanian ecosystem: a case study of Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) and Red-flanked-duiker (Cephalophus rufilatus) in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (Northern Benin). These DEA (Master of philosophy degree equivalent)/ Faculty of Agronomy Science/University of Abomey-Calavi/Benin.50 pages.
  • · DJAGOUN, C. A. M. Sylvestre. 2007. Ethnozoologie et diversité des petits mammifères dans la Réserve de Biosphère de la Pendjari. Mémoire de DESS. Université d’Abomey-Calavi/ Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques (FSA). 65 pages.
  • · DJAGOUN, C. A. M. Sylvestre. 2005. Abondance et répartition des espèces de mangouste dans la forêt de Niaouli au Sud-Bénin. Mémo du DIT. EPAC/UAC. 86p.

Scientific papers

  • · DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., KASSA B., MENSAH G.A., SINSIN B.A. (2013) Seasonal habitat and diet partitioning between two sympatric bovid species in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (Northern Benin): waterbuck and western kob. African Zoology 48(2): 279–289.
  • · DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., CODRON D., SEALY J., MENSAH G.A., SINSIN B. (2013) Stable carbon isotope analysis of the diets of West African bovids in Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (Northern Benin). South African Journal of Wildlife Research 43 (1): 33-43.
  • · DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., DJOSSA B.A., MENSAH G.A., SINSIN B.A. (2013) Vigilance efficiency and behaviour of Bohor reedbuck Redunca redunca (Pallas 1767) in a savanna environment of Pendjari Biosphere Reserve (Northern Benin). Mammal Study, 38(2):81-89.
  • · GAUBERT P., BLOCH C., BENYACOUB S., ABDELHAMID A., PAGANI P., DJAGOUN C.A.M.S.,  COULOUX A.,  DUFOUR S. 2012 Reviving the African Wolf Canis lupus lupaster in North and West Africa: A Mitochondrial Lineage Ranging More than 6,000 km Wide. PLoS. Volume 7 | Issue 8 | e42740.
  • · PHILIPPE GAUBERT,  ANNIE MACHORDOM, ARTURO MORALES, JOSÉ VICENTE LOPÈZ-BAO, GÉRALDINE VERON, MOHAMMAD AMIN, TÂNIA BARROS, MOHAMMAD BASUONY, DJAGOUN, C. A.M.S. EMMANUEL DO LINH SAN, CARLOS FONSECA, ELI GEFFEN, SAKIR ONDER OZKURT, CORINNE CRUAUD, ARNAUD COULOUX AND FRANCISCO PALOMARES. (2011) Comparative phylogeography of two African carnivorans presumably introduced into Europe: disentangling natural versus human-mediated dispersal across the Strait of Gibraltar. Journal of Biogeography 38:341–358.
  • · ASSOGBADJO Achille E., GLELE-KAKAI Romain L., VODOUHE Fifanou G., DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., CODJIA Jean-Claude T. & SINSIN Brice A (2012). Biodiversity and Socioeconomic Factors Supporting Farmers’ Choice of Wild Edible Trees in the Agroforestry Systems of Benin (West Africa). Forest Policy and Economics 14:41–49.
  • · DJAGOUN, C.A.M.S., H.A. AKPONA., SINSIN, B., G. A. MENSAH, F. DOSSA. (2009)      Mongoose species in southern Benin: Preliminary ecological survey and local community perceptions. Mammalia. (73):27-32.
  • · H.A. AKPONA, DJAGOUN, C.A.M.S. & B. SINSIN. (2008) Ecology and ethnozoology of three-cusped pangolin Manis tricuspis (Mammalia, Pholidota) in the Lama forest reserve, Benin. Mammalia 72: 198-202.

Scientific papers published in journal without impact factor

  • · IDOHOU R., DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., KASSA B., ASSOGBADJO A. E., CODJIA J.T.C. (2013) Soil factors affecting density of three giant land snail species in different habitats of Dassa-Zoumé district (Central Benin). QScience Connect
  • · DJAGOUN, C.A.M.S. & GAUBERT Philippe. (2009) Small carnivorans from southern Benin: a preliminary assessment of diversity and hunting pressure. Small Carnivore Conservation. (40): 1–10.
  • · DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., KINDOMIHOU V. & SINSIN B. (2009). Diversity and ethnozoological study of small mammals in villages of the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve in northern Benin. IUFRO World Series, vol. 23: 191-197.
  • · DJAGOUN C. A. M. S., GLELE KAKAÏ, R., Konnon D-D., SEWADE, C., KOUTON, M., BONOU, W., GOUWAKINNOU, G. and B. FANDOHAN. (2010) Potential Food and Medicinal Use of Plant Resources of the Oueme Superieur and N’Dali Classified Forests (Northern Benin). Fruit, Vegetable and Cereal Science and Biotechnology. 4 (1): 47-54.

Book chapters

  • · DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., H.A. AKPONA, G.A. MENSAH, C. NUTTMAN  & B. SINSIN. (2012). Wild Mammals Trade for Zootherapeutic and Mythic Purposes in Benin (West Africa): Capitalizing Species Involved, Provision Sources, and Implications for Conservation. R. R. N. Alves and I. L. Rosa (eds.), Animals in Traditional Folk Medicine, DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-29026-8_17, © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. pp 367-381.
  • · AKPONA H.A., DJAGOUN C.A.M.S. & MENSAH G.A. (2011). Small Carnivores. In Sinsin B. & Kampmann D. (eds). Biodiversity Atlas of West Africa, Volume I: Benin. Cotonou & Frankfurt/Main. Pp:474-478.
  • · DJAGOUN C.A.M.S., H.A. AKPONA & I. DAOUDA. 2011. Small Predators: Herpestidae, Mustelidae, Viverridae, Canidae, Felidae & Nandiniidae. In P. NEUENSCHWANDER, B. SINSIN & G. GOERGEN (eds): Nature Conservation in West Africa: Red List for Benin. International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). pp: 318-330.


  • · World Commission on Protected Area (WCPA), Rue Mauverney 28, CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland.
  • · International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Mariabrunn (BFW), Hauptstrasse 7, 1140 Vienna, Austria.
  • · Forestry Research Network of Sub Saharan Africa (FORNESSA).


  • · Languages: French (fluent in writing, listening and reading), English (fluent in writing, listening and reading), Nagot/Yoruba (fluent, native), Fon/Goun/Mina (good)
  • · Computing Competences:  statistical software (SPSS, MINITAB, R-software), mapping software (Arcview, ArcGIS), software packages (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint).


  • · International Union for Forest Research Organization (IUFRO)

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