Research

DSC09771.JPGMy main interest is animal-plant interaction, especially seed dispersal and tree recruitment in tropical rainforests. I also studied the effect of the climate variability on fruit productivity and seed dispersal in French Guiana, aiming at measuring how climate change may affect fruit availability for frugivores, thus seed fate and tree recruitment on the long term. I have especially focused my studies on the trees Carapa (Meliaceae, Mahogany family) which offer important ecosystemic services for both nature and human beings in America and Africa, for wood and non-timber forest production (see Carapa akuri). My other favorite studied plant families are Arecaceae, Burseraceae, Caesalpiniaceae, Clusiaceae, Myristicaceae, and Sapotaceae. I am concerned by the sustainability and equitable use and fairtrade market of non-timber forest products (eg Andiroba and Touloucouna oil). Among animals, my major studied animal chapitre1-image15a-Dasyprocta-punctata-pierre-michel_forget.JPGgroup are rodents, but I also have expertise on frugivores bats, primates, and birds. I am combining taxonomy and ecology in order to better understand how trees dispersed and radiated in both Africa and America. I have analysed seed and seedling ecology in various forest types and conditions of perturbances (fragmentation, logging, hunting, road). Currently, I mainly work in French Guiana, Central Africa (Nigeria) and South East Asia (Malaysia, Thaïland). I am vice-president of the Society for Tropical Ecology. I’ve been President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (2008). I am associate editor of the Journal of Tropical Ecology and Tropical Conservation Science. Starting January 2017, I wil be co-Editor of ECOTROPICA. I currently advise 2 PhD theses at the MNHN, one with field work in Brazil and French Guiana, the other in Malaysia. A complete description of our on-going projects is presented at the Forget Lab Projects. (Photo : top left: Carapa grandiflora fruit and seed from Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda ; below right : Dasyprocta punctata on Barro Colorado Island, Panama. All (c) Pierre-Michel Forget). (Profile photo : (c) Reserved).


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