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Tene Kwetche Sop

Dr. rer. nat., MSc. in Plant Ecology

Research Fellow

Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology of Plants (BEE)
Biocenter Klein Flottbek and Botanical Garden
University of Hamburg
Ohnhorststr. 18
22609 Hamburg, Germany

e-mail   fbga052@uni-hamburg.de

phone:  +4940 42816-683
Fax:  +4940 42816-539
room: 2.530
Availability: by arrangement

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Research focus

  • Vegetation ecology and Biodiversity of the Sahel in Burkina Faso
  • Ethnobotany and local knowledge of the plants of the Sahelian area, West Africa
  • Population dynamics, Tree inventory
  • Desertification, and sustainable management of Biodiversity
  • The "re-greening of the Sahel" and the ground-truth
  • Climate change in semi-arid and arid zones of West Africa

Focus area: West Africa, Southern Africa, Central Africa

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Dissertation

Topic: The Diversity of the Woody Plants of the Sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso: Assessment, Land-use Patterns, Land Degradation and Perspectives for Restoration – Under consideration of local knowledge

Supervisors:

  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Jürgens, University of Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Adjima Thiombiano, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Start: Summer 2007; Defense: Autumn 2011

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Curriculum Vitae

October 2011 – at present Guest scientist at Biocentre Klein Flottbek (University of Hamburg). Research assistant within the working group "Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology of Plants".
Research focus: land-use and land degradation in the context of climate change in the Sahelian area of West Africa; Ground-truthing the greening of the Sahel, Jatropha curcas for restoration of degraded land in West Africa;
– Coordination of the project "Population dynamics and conservation status of some key multipurpose woody plants species in the Sub-Sahelian area of Burkina Faso" supported by the Rufford Small Grant Foundation for Nature Conservation;
– Freelance Ecologist: Impact of climate change on land-use, Biodiversity monitoring, Land degradation and land-use in arid and semi-arid ecosystems, vegetation data analysis

30 September 2011 Doctorate Degree in the Natural Sciences with grade 1.2 ("very good") Title: "The Diversity of the Woody Plants of the Sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso: Assessment, Land-use Patterns, Land Degradation and Perspectives for Restoration – Under consideration of local knowledge"

July 2007 - August 2011 Ph.D. candidate; Biocentre Klein Flottbek / University of Hamburg, Fellow of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany

2005 - 2007 Project Coordinator "Diversity and utilization of woody plants in the sub-Sahel of Burkina Faso" funded by the Rufford Small Grant Foundation for Nature Conservation – UK;
Freelance ecologist and external collaborator for the Biota-Africa Project; data analysis, scientific translations English – French, paper writing, etc.

  BIOTA-Africa
June 2005 Diploma thesis in Plant Biology/Ecology, University of Hamburg. Grade: very good.
Title: "Analysis of the patterns of phytodiversity along environmental and land use gradients in Soebatsfontein (Namaqualand), South Africa".
Referees: Prof. Dr. Norbert Jürgens, Prof. Dr. Jens Rohwer, Supervisor: Dr. U. Schmiedel This Diploma thesis was done in the frame of the Biota-Africa project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

October 2001 Admission to the University of Hamburg, Department of Biology

2000 - 2001 Teacher of Biology and Mathematics, various secondary schools in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (detailed record can be provided upon request)

1999 - 2000 University of Abobo Adjamé, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Advanced Training in Environmental Management, (Natural Resources Management, Sustainable Development, Environmental Economics, Environmental Law, Air pollution and Climate Change, Solid waste management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Education, Anthropology and Human Ecology)

1998 Master in Botany; Major: Plant Ecology / University of Cocody/Abidjan, Côte d' Ivoire

1995 Bachelor in Biological Sciences, University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

1993 Expelled from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, because of my political commitments

1988 Completed Advanced Level schooling, Eseka, Cameroon

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Internships

2002 (October - December) Internships with the Africa Unit of the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); Bonn, Germany. Internships sponsored by the GTZ

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Grants and Fellowships

2011 Second Small Grant from the Rufford Small Grant Foundation (RSG): Grant No. 10500-2
2007 - 2011 Scholarships from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Germany (July 07 – Oct. 11)
2008 Grant from the Rufford Small Grant Foundation (RSG): Grant No.20.02.08
1998 DAFI Grant from the UNHCR / University of Cocody, Abidjan
1995 DAFI Grant from the UNHCR / University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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Other skills

  • Microsoft Office, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Statistica, SPSS, PAST, R Software (basis)
  • Languages: Bamougoum, French, English, German (good)

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Memberships in scientific networks

  • Member of DesertNet International, a scientific platform for discussions on desertification
  • Member of the German Society of Botany (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft e.V.)
  • Member International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS)

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Social an political service

November 2011 Member of the African Left Networking Forum (ALNEF)
December 2003 - now Executive member of the Cameroon Diaspora Coalition (CODE)
August 2003 - now Secretary General of the Cameroon National Council (CNR-MUN) in exile
July 1993 - June 2001 International Coordinator of the Cameroon Students Parliament in exile
April 1991 - June 1993 Member and National Coordinator of the Cameroon Students Parliament (student movement) – Yaoundé / Cameroon

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Publications

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Conference contributions

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