SINSIN Cocou Aristide Franck


Full name: SINSIN Cocou Aristide Franck
Nationality: Beninese
Birth date: 7th September 1983
Title: Dendroecologist & Wood sciences, PhD

Statute: married (1 child)

Permanent address

Laboratory of Applied Ecology
University of Abomey-Calavi
03BP1974 Cotonou (Benin)
Mobile: +229 95228901
+229 66373734
Fax: +229 21303084
Email: f.sinsin@gmail.com

Competences and Background

Dendrochronology, Tree-ring Anatomy, Wood Sciences, Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, Biostatistics, Forest Sciences

Academic qualifications

• 11th November 2016, PhD- Natural Resources Management (Subject ‘Tree ring anatomy, age structures, dynamic in carbon budget and demography of West African tree-populations undergoing illegal timber logging and repeated forest fires’). Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.

• 6th January 2009, Master of Science – Natural Resources Management (Subject ‘Using tree ring analysis to study growth dynamic from sapling to tree of five West African timbers). Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

• 18th December 2007, Ingineer Agronome Degree – Environnement Management (Subject ‘Comparison of morphological patterns and dendrometrical performances of two provenances of Tectona grandis L.f in Lama Forest Reserve, Benin). Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

• 2006, Degree of General Agronomy, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

• June 2002, Scientific Baccalaureat (Option: Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry). Benin

• June 1999, Study Brevet – First cycle of secondary school, Benin

• June 1995, Certificate of Primary school, Benin

Professional experiences

• 2012 – Today, Researcher at Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

• 2010 – 2011, Research assistant, International Dendrochronology Lab, Georg-August-Universität-Göttingen, Germany

• 2009-2010, Researcher in the project ‘Biodiversity Transect Analysis in West Africa’

• Oct. – Dec. 2008, Internship, International Dendrochronology Lab, Georg-August-Universität-Göttingen, Germany

• Jun. – Dec. 2007, Research assistant, Laboratory of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

• May 2006, Internship, National Wood Office, Benin

Scholarships and Price

• German academic exchange fellowship for my PhD
• Best proposal price 2007, Beninese Center for Scientific and Technological Research

• Oct. 2002 – Dec. 2007, Beninese Excellence Scholarship

Extremely important conferences attended
• Humboldt scientific workshop 2016, Poster presentation
• Worlddendro 2014, Poster presentation
• IUFRO 2014, Poster presentation

Master of the following scientific equipment and softwares

• Lintab (used for tree growth chronologies building)
• Polishing machine (for the polishing of wood cores and stem discs)
• Scanner (for scanning samples to get nice images of samples)
• Stereomicroscope (for the identification of tree ring boundaries)
• Increment borer (for wood cores collection)
• GPS (for geographical positions recording)
• Boussole SUUNTO (for line transect direction and for tree heights menstruation)
• Chainsaw (for tree felling and stem discs collection)
• TSAPWin (for building and analysis of chronologies)
• Leica (for tree ring anatomical features analysis)
• FHX2 (for fire regimes reconstruction)
• Microsofts, Minitab, SAS, SPSS, R (for data analysis)


• Franck Sinsin, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, Bettina Orthmann, Brice Sinsin, 2015. Tree ring: a suitable implement for spatial and temporal fire distribution analysis in savanna woodland and dry forest. Journal of Forestry Research, 26: 435-446.
• Franck Sinsin, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, sabin Guendéhou, Brice Sinsin, 2016. Variation in carbon budget, diversity and demography trends of selected tree populations of Wari Maro Forest Reserve between 2009 – 2014. Annales des Sciences Agronomiques, 20 (2): 13-33.
• Camen T. Adjadémè, Franck Sinsin, Afio Zanou, Anselme Adégbidi, Brice Sinsin, 2016. Social, politic and economic factors for illegal timber logging: case of Wari Maro Forest Reserve. European Scientific Journal – under press
• Aubain Guénolé Amagnidé, Valère Salako, Marcel Donou Hounsodé, Franck Sinsin, Vincent Orèkan, Céline Dan, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, 2015. Ecological consequences of anthropogenic pressure in Wari Maro Forest Reserve (Benin, West Africa). Journal of Agriculture for International Development, 109 (2): 271-289.
• Mette Kronborg, Anders Sanchez Barfod, Kristine Engemann, Anne Blach-overgaard, Franck Sinsin, Mamadou Tou, Sié Kambou & Anne Mette Lykke. CO2 sequestration potential of the West African tree species Parkia biglobosa – Environment and management matter. Agroforestry Systems – paper under review.

Publications in preparation

• Franck Sinsin, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, Brice Sinsin. Tree-ring investigation for Afzelia africana Sm. tree populations reveals severe gap in age distribution: implication for management and biodiversity conservation. To be submitting to Forest Ecology and Management
• Franck Sinsin, Brice Sinsin. How old are Benin forest trees? – implication for ecotourism and biodiversity conservation. To be submitting to Dendrochronologia
• Franck Sinsin, Romain Glèlè Kakaï, Brice Sinsin. Inter-dependance or cause-effect relation between climate warming and vegetation fires in tropical dry forests ?


Language aptitude

• English, Writing : C1, Communication: B2
• French, Writing : C2, Communication : C2
• German, Certificates A1, A2, B1 and B2 at Goethe institute


1. Brice Sinsin

Full professor, PhD advisor, Head of Laboratory of Applied Ecology, Rector of Abomey-Calavi University (Benin). Email: bsinsin@gmail.com

2. Kouami Kokou

Full Professor – Botanic and Ecophysiology, University of Lomé (Togo). Email: kouamikokou@hotmail.com

3. Olukayode Yekin ogunsanwo

Full Professor – Wood sciences, University of Ibadan (Nigeria). Email: ogunsanwokay@yahoo.com

4. Bettina Orthmann

PhD – Biodiverisity Conservation, Laboratory of Biosciences, University of Rostock (Germany). Email: Bettina.orthmann@t-online.de

5. Romain Glèlè Kakaï

Full Professor – Biostatistic and Forest sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
Email: glele.romain@gmail.com