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Jean-François RENNO

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Research director


Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)



+33 6 45 22 85 64


Team 7: Biodiversity & Macroecology

Research axis/workshop

Transversal axe Communication & Perception
International Mixed Laboratory EDIA

Curriculum Vitae

Lacs de méandres, Rio Ucayali, Pérou

Research topics

I am a population geneticist. I completed my thesis in French Guyana for the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences of Montpellier (ISEM), on phylogeography and population genetics of the Leporinus fish, then worked on pearl millet (Pennisetum) domestication in Niger at the beginning of my career with ORSTOM (now IRD). Currently my research focuses on the phenomena and mechanisms explaining fish speciation in the Amazon basin, with applications in aquaculture. I am co-founder of the Research Network on Amazon Ichthyofauna (RIIA), Director of the LMI "Evolution and Domestication of Amazonian Ichthyofauna" (LMI EDIA, Director of Research at IRD and honorary Professor at the National University of San Marcos in Lima (Peru).

My research is carried out in collaboration with our partners from Bolivia (Universidad Mayor de San Simón, Cochabamba ; Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz ; Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno, Santa Cruz), Peru (Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana, Iquitos ; Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal, Lima), Colombia (SINCHI : Instituto Amazonica de Investigaciones Cientificas), Brésil (INPA -Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Manaus and Germany (University of Trier).


About 30 hours annually in Master’s degree and Doctorate at the l’Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru, on the theme: “Populations Genetics”

Administrative responsibilities

Director of the LMI EDIA.

The originality of EDIA’ research program rests mainly on the implementation of a multidisciplinary research program dedicated to the study of evolution of Amazonian fish species and the development of sustainable fish farming in Amazonia, a region that is still relatively little impacted by human activities despite its fast demographic growth and where fish farming is still in its infancy. The proposed research program constitutes an integrated approach going from a better understanding of the evolution of species and populations in nature all the way to their domestication. It will allow understanding the interactions between genetic variation and life history traits in relation with environmental characteristics in both natural and experimental conditions. The researches developed in the LMI will also produce useful knowledge for fishery management and species conservation.