Master in Agronomy with Major in Crop Protection; MSc in Ecology; PhD in Zoology with Major in Insect Ecology
I have worked for CABI’s South East Asia centre as an ICM Advisor since May 2017. In this position, I work with various stakeholders, including international organizations, research universities, governmental institutions and local partners to promote sustainable solutions for crop management and to support farmers. I contribute to the development of training materials (brochures, manuals, seminars) of farmers and extension workers, within the context of the effects of climate change on pest management and soil practices.
I am an eco-entomologist by training with an MSc in Ecology and MSc in Agriculture Engineering (Bordeaux Sciences Agro). I have knowledge in Integrated Pest Management and biological control, and experience working with sustainable agriculture as consultant in organic farming in Vietnam.
Before joining CABI, I worked as researcher in Applied Entomology and Chemical Ecology in France, Switzerland, Australia, Czech Republic, Finland and Vietnam. I obtained my PhD in Zoology (2010) in the USA where I developed research on a bark beetle predator (Cleridae) used for biological control in North America forests.
The project focuses on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of four key economically important crops: dragon fruit, mango, longan and lichi for export to markets in the USA. It addresses the important production-limiting pests and diseases and their management. Specifically, practises based on ecologically sound IPM strategies and the use of a systems approach. We also collaborate with key international partners to train and build local capacity in IPM.
Climate change encourages new and existing pests and diseases to spread and makes management more difficult. This programme addresses this and aims to build resilience of the communities to pests and diseases and their management. It is operating in selected villages in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. The interventions feature innovative participatory and climate-adaptive agricultural practices to enrich and restore agro-ecosystem health, manage crop pests and diseases, and improve livelihoods.