Professor Franck Courchamp


Franck Courchamp is Director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He works at University Paris Saclay, where he leads a research team: “Biodiversity Dynamics & MacroEcology”.


Franck Courchamp did his Ph D thesis in Lyons, France, on the epidemiology of Feline AIDS. He then did a first postdoc at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of UCSD, where he worked on the effects of invasive species on trophic relationships and a second postdoc in Cambridge, UK, on the inverse density dependence. In addition to these two ongoing topics, he now also works on the overexploitation of rare species, on the effects of climate change on biodiversity, and on charismatic species in conservation.


Franck Courchamp has published over 135 scientific studies, and three books, among which two directed to the general public and he has presented his work in over 50 international conferences. He is also active in popularization, notably with several documentaries, motion design movies, books or comic books. He has been awarded the Silver Medal of the CNRS and elected as a Member at the European Academy of Science and holds the AXA Chair of Invasion Biology.



Watch Franck Courchamp's presentation in Expert Series #2: "Climate Change, Loss of Biodiversity and Epidemics: Causal Effects and Lessons for the Next Global Crisis"