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Tropical Forest Scientist, Forests & Societies Research Unit, Cirad

Bruno Hérault’s research is in the area of tropical forest science. With expertise in forest ecology, bayesian modeling and environmental management, he is interested in the effects of global changes (both climate-driven and land-use changes) on the structure, dynamics, composition and functioning of tropical (degraded) forests as well as on the induced consequences on the ecosystem services they actually provide to humanity.

Bruno Hérault began his career as a lecturer at the University of French Guiana where he set up a Master in Tropical Forest Ecology. He is currently a research scientist at the CIRAD, the French agricultural research and cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical regions. In this position, Bruno Hérault worked for more than 10 years in South America where he was interested in the functioning of tropical rainforests, their sustainable management to produce wood and the effects of climate change. Since 2017, Bruno Hérault has focused on West Africa, particularly Côte d'Ivoire, where he is developing work on forest restoration, resilience to disturbances, and sustainable management of post-forest landscapes for the benefit of the populations living there.

Bruno Hérault has an interdisciplinary academic and research background. He earned his Bachelor in Numerical Ecology and his Master in Environmental Sciences, University of Lille, France. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the University of Liège, Belgium, where he worked on the effects of forest fragmentation on plant community composition.


  • 2012–present
    Research scientist, Cirad
  • 2006–2012
    Lecturer, University of French Guiana
  • 2005–2006
    Assistant lecturer, University of Strasbourg


  • 2011 
    University of French Guiana, Habilitation to Direct Research
  • 2005 
    University of Liège, PhD
  • 2001 
    University of Lille, Master in Environmental Sciences
  • 1999 
    University of Lille, Bachelor in Numerical Ecology