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Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)



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IRD Montpellier


Team 7: Biodiversity & Macroecology

Research axis/workshop

Transversal axe Communication & Perception
International Mixed Laboratory EDIA

Curriculum Vitae

Photo d’une larve de Pseudoplatystoma punctifer âgée de 24 heures

Research topics

My research interests concern the study of fish reproduction in their physiological and morphological characteristics. During my career I focused my research in biological and physiological reproduction bases of tropical fish species and particularly those that are of economic interest.

I have therefore worked more specifically on control and induction of reproduction and larval rearing in several African and Amazonian catfish species interesting for fish farming. All my work lies therefore in the field of domestication of new species for tropical fish aquaculture.

The work is carried out mainly in experimental facilities and laboratory on different tropical species of economic interest.

This work is done in partnership with institutes or universities of the south and these studies are discussed in a multidisciplinary framework by combining the ecophysiological aspects, experimental work, population genetics and the study of life history traits in the natural environment of the selected species, either for human consumption or for the Aquariology industry. These later species are also a good source of income for the regions concerned and allow the sustainable exploitation local ichtyological diversity, as for example that which exists in the Peruvian Amazon.

The control of reproduction of these valuable species also allows the reduction of fishing pressure on wild fish populations and thus contributes to their preservation in the natural environment while offering new production activities for local populations.


  • Associate professor at the University of Bordeaux I, Talence. (1987-1988).
  • Participation to Doctorate teaching of "Genética y Reproducción in Acuicultura" Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. (June 1987).
  • Participation to teaching "Biological Bases for Aquaculture", INSA Rennes, France. (March 1988).
  • Participation to Doctorate teaching "Gametogenesis and Reproduction in Fish". Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil. (October 1988).
  • Participation to Doctorate teaching "Control of Reproduction in Fish". Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain. (December 1988).
  • DEA-Workshop "Evolutionary Biology and Ecology" University of Montpellier II and ISIM. “Biological bases of aquaculture: application to controlled fish breeding and aquaculture”. 1997-2001.
  • Teaching - DESS Productions Animales in warm regions of CIRAD-EMVT on tropical aquaculture. Montpellier, December 2000.
  • Teaching on Reproductive Physiology of Fish. Maestría de Ciencias y biológicas biomedical UMSA, La Paz, Bolivia, 2004-2005.
  • Teaching on “Optimisation of livestock systems and domestication”. PARK Module (livestock production in warm regions), University of Montpellier II, 2005 and 2006.
  • Post-Doc Worshop "Caracterización Genética y Rasgos de vida de especies Amazónicas de interés commercial". Facultad de Ciencias-UNMSM biológicas, Lima, November 2007.
  • Workshop on “Advances in Arapaima breeding”. Post-Doc confrence, UNFV - FOPCA, Lima, October 2008.
  • International Course "Fisiologia reproductiva en peces y reproduccion inducida en especies Amazónicas." IIAP, October 2009.
  • Teching - Master Acuicultura Amazónica, “Desarrollo gonadal y Fisiología reproductiva en peces Amazónicos" UNAP, Iquitos, 2010.
  • Post-Doc Workshop on “Physiology of reproduction and spawning induction in tropical fish”, UNMSM Facultad de Ciencias biológicas, Lima, Peru.
  • Teaching - Master of the University of Montpellier II - Production in warm regions, “Actual status of domestication in Pseudoplatystoma punctifer in the Peruvian Amazon. (2013).
  • Worksop on “Fish physiology and application to gender determination in Pirarucú, Arapaima gigas”. University of Tingo Maria (February 2014).
  • Workshop on “Practical considerations on Arapaima gigas (Pirarucú) gender determination, using the sexing kit developed by IRD-IIAP-Skuldtech”. IIAP Pucallpa, Ucayali, 2014.

Administrative responsibilities

Within the IRD team, in the context of the LMI EDIA (Evolution and Domestication of the Amazon Ichthyofauna) I am responsible for aspects related to the domestication of new species, including experimentation in the laboratory and in a controlled environment, the brood stock management, the hormonal induction of reproduction and aspects related to the rearing of juvenile stages (survival and Larval growth in particular). In Peru, I ensured the coordination of the cooperation agreement between IRD and UNFV-FOPCA for 6 years.

I insured functions of representative assistant of the IRD in Peru from 2009 to 2012.

Founder member of the network RIIA (Red of Investigación of Ictiofauna Amazónica) and co-organizer of the last workshops (on 2005, 2010, 2014), webmaster of its Web site: and co-publisher of the Conference Proceedings.

Member of the international committee of organization of the Symposium "Conferencia Latinoamericana Cultivo de Peces Nativos " which includes all South American researchers in the field of fish farming of native species.

Member of the World Aquaculture Society - Latin American and Caribbean chapter.