GOUWAKINNOU N. Gerard

Laboratory of Applied Ecology

Department of Natural Resources Management

Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi

03 PO Box: 1974, Cotonou, Benin

Tel: (00229) 95912254/97 890892/21134512

Fax: (00229) 21 303084

Email: gougerano@yahoo.fr, gougerano@gmail.com

EDUCATION

  • PhD Student, University of Abomey-Calavi,  2008- present , Major:  Ecology and Natural Resources Management
  • MSc, University of Abomey-Calavi, 2008, Major: Natural Resources Management
  • Agricultural Engineering Degree, University of Abomey-Calavi , 2008, Major: Forestry

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Research Assistant, Laboratory of Applied Ecology, University of Abomey-Calavi: 2007-present
  • Consultant Assistant,  Ethnobotanical studies, forest and wildlife inventories: 2007-Present

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Society of Ecological Restoration International
  • International Union of Forestry Research Organisations
  • Society of Conservation Biology
  • British Ecological Society
  • Society of Economic Botany

CURRENT RESEARCH

  • Population ecology and productivity of highly valued tree species (Sclerocarya birrea, Afzelia africana, Parkia biglobosa, Prosopis africana)  in relation to human impact  around W Biosphere Reserve in Benin

HONOR AND AWARDS

  • September 2010 – Abou Salam Ouédraogo (ASO) Fellowship
  • July 2010- Rufford Small Grant for Nature Conservation (RSG), UK
  • August 2010 – IUFRO/SAP Conference Full Travel Grant (Seoul, South Korea)
  • July 2009 – International Foundation for Science (IFS) Grant, Sweden
  • November 2009 – CTA Conference Travel Grant (Bamako, Mali)
  • July 2009 – DAAD Grants for Student Visits (Germany)
  • October 2008 – IUFRO/SPDC Conference Travel Grant (Accra, Ghana)
  • June 2007 – Best Dissertation in Natural Resources Management, National Ministry in charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Benin

PUBLICATIONS

  1. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou V., Assogbadjo, A.E., Sinsin B. 2009. Population structure and abundance of Sclerocarya birrea (A. Rich) Hochst subsp. birrea in two contrasting land-use systems in Benin. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 1: 194–201.
  2. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou, V.  Sinsin, B., 2009. – Utilisation and local knowledge of Sclerocarya birrea (Anacardiaceae) by the rural population around the W national park in Karimama District (Benin). Traditional Forest-Related Knowledge and Sustainable Forest Management in Africa IUFRO World Series Volume 23: 49-56.
  3. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Sinsin, B. 2010. Predicting current and future potential distribution areas of Sclerocarya birrea subsp. birrea, in Benin (West-Africa). Communication presented of at the XXIII IUFRO World Congress, on “Forest for the future: Sustaining Society and the Environment”. August 23-28, 2010, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  4. Gouwakinnou, G. N., Sinsin, B. 2010. Phenotypic variations of Sclerocarya birrea subsp. birrea fruits and components traits in agroforestry systems in Northern Benin. Poster presented at XIX AETFAT Congress, on « Diversité des Plantes africaines, Systématique et développement durable » April 25th-May 1st , 2010, Antananarivo, Madagascar.
  5. Gouwakinnou, G. N., Kindomihou, V. and Sinsin, B. 2009. Utilization and population structure of Sclerocarya birrea subsp birrea in agroforestry systems versus protected area in Karimama District (Benin). Poster presented at the 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry on the theme: “Agroforestry – The Future of Global Land Use”, 23-28 August 2009, Nairobi, Kenya.
  6. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou, V. and Sinsin, B. 2009. Population structure of Sclerocarya birrea (A.Rich) Hochst subsp. birrea (Anacardiaceae) in agroforestry systems compared with a protected area in Northern Benin. Poster presented at the Joint Meeting of Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation & Society for Tropical Ecology on “Impacts of Global Change on Tropical Ecosystems”. 27- 30 July 2009, Marburg, Germany.
  7. Gouwakinnou, G. N., Sinsin, B. 2009. Leafing, flowering and fruiting of Sclerocarya birrea subsp. birrea in semi-arid savannah of Northern Benin: Preliminary results. Communication presented at the 2nd Colloquium of Sciences, Technologies and Cultures of University of Abomey-Calavi on the theme: Contribution des laboratoires de recherche à la formation des compétences et au développement technologique, socioéconomique et culturel des nations. 26-30 May 2009, Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
  8. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Ganglo J.C. 2009. Identification et caractérisation des groupements végétaux dans la forêt classée d’Atcherigbé (Centre Bénin). Communication presented at the 2nd Colloquium of Sciences, Technologies and Cultures of University of Abomey-Calavi on the theme: Contribution des laboratoires de recherche à la formation des compétences et au développement technologique, socioéconomique et culturel des nations. May, 26-30, Abomey- Calavi, Benin.
  9. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou, V. and Sinsin, B. 2009. Utilization and population status of Sclerocarya birrea in Karimama district nearby W National Park. Poster presented at the Regional Conservation Science-Policy Conference on “from Conservation Science to Policy in Africa”. January 28-30, Accra Ghana.
  10. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou, V. and Sinsin, B.  2008. Utilisation and local knowledge on Sclerocarya birrea (Anacardiaceae) by rural population around W National Park in Karimama District (Benin). Communication presented at the International Conference on Traditional Forest-related Knowledge and Sustainable Forest Management in Africa. 15-17 October 2008, Accra Ghana.
  11. Gouwakinnou, G.N., Kindomihou, V. and Sinsin, B. 2008. Utilisation and local knowledge on Sclerocarya birrea (Anacardiaceae) by rural population around W National Park in Karimama (Benin).Communication presented at the 3 rd National Protected Area Week. Cotonou, Benin, June 14-22.