Pierre-Michel Forget

Pierre-Michel Forget
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle · Département Adaptations du Vivant (AVIV)

Pr. Muséum National Histoire Naturelle, Dr. HDR University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris


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I've been studying rainforest ecology and conservation of mammals and birds that contribute to their diversity, as well as the usages of plants (Carapa/Andiroba) by humans. I currently have on-going collaboration in Nigeria, Malaysia & Guyane, my main field. I'm also President (since 28 March 2018) of the Society for Tropical Ecology. I'm a Scientist sans frontières, as seeds and human beings are.
Additional affiliations
May 2012 - December 2015
French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Chargé de mission
  • Chargé de l'Ecologie tropicale au CNRS-INEE
January 2011 - December 2017
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
  • Managing Director
December 1996 - December 2010
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
  • Professor (Associate)


Question (1)
Dear African botanists, working on the taxonomy of Carapa species (see Kenfack 2011), we're looking for flowers of Carapa microcarpa from Ivory Coast and Ghana.
Please, can you help us finding these pictures.
Refs. Kenfack, D. 2011. A synoptic revision of Carapa (Meliaceae). Harvard Papers in Botany 16:171-231, 161.
Thank you and warm regards
Pierre-Michel Forget


Projects (8)
https://www.helloasso.com/associations/gepog/formulaires/2 --- Marc Théry (1961 – 2022) Director of research of the CNRS in the Research Unit MECADEV at Campus Muséum Brunoy (91) of Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Marc Théry has studied with passion throughout his career the relationships between colors, light and animal behavior, from spiders to birds. In French Guiana, he participated in 1986 in the exploratory mission that preceded the creation of the research station and the nature reserve of Nouragues, in the interior of the forest. He returned there afterwards to study in particular the ecology, courtship and the display behavior of the manakins and the coq-of-the-rock, an emblematic but little known bird. This work marked the course of his career and the direction of his research. In 2011, thanks to his experience on this species, he answered the call of the GEPOG (Group for the Study and Protection of Birds in French Guiana) to help him in the study of the orange cock-of-the-rock of the Kaw Mountain, within the framework of the Life+ CAP DOM program. This program has greatly contributed to the knowledge and better protection of the species and its habitats. It is currently continuing through various monitoring projects and scientific studies carried out by GEPOG. Why a "Marc Théry Fund for the cock-of-the-rock"? Although his scientific work and his international responsibilities were diversified, Marc Théry remained highly interested in the fate of the guianan forest and its birds. The coq-of-the-rock remained his favorite species. In order to perpetuate his commitment to the study and preservation of the guianan forest and in particular of this charismatic bird, a “Marc Théry Fund for the cock-of-the-rock” has been created at the initiative of his family, his mother Nicole Théry, his sister Dominique Théry, his wife Laurence Théry and his daughter Camille Théry, and his colleague and friend Pierre-Michel Forget. This fund is supported by the GEPOG. Use of donations The funds collected through this donation campaign will allow GEPOG to continue the study of the Orange Cock-of-the-Rock initiated by Marc Théry, to develop new actions to improve knowledge and promote its conservation. This Fund will be the object of a specific budget line which will be exclusively dedicated to the financing of projects in favor of the Cock-of-the-Rock. A committee will validate the action projects proposed by the GEPOG and will follow them during their implementation until the results obtained are valorized. It will guarantee the good use of the Fund in accordance with its objectives.
NOTE : Don't hesitate to contact me <pierre-micheldotforget(at)mnhndotfr> if interested to contribute to this Symposium I'm organizing ahead of the next Seed Dispersal Conference in ILHEUS BAHIA, BRAZIl, JUNE 2024. ----- Ahead of the next 8th Seed Dispersal Conference to be held in Ilhéus Bahia, Brazil, June 2024, with the provisional general theme :" Seed Dispersal Beyond Global Change: Perspectives and Prospectives", I'm organizing a symposium on the topic of Long Distance Dispersal (LDD) of seeds sensu largo (including diaspores, propagules and dissimules) across oceans. It is aimed to evaluate how climate change, water/wind currents and human activities may now alter, disrupt or facilitate colonization of 'alien' species, and whether it lead to novel interactions. I'm thus seeking to invite contributors who are willing to present with an oral and/or poster contributions on this thema. The topic is not a new one, somehow started with Charles Darwin (see for instance, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258120865_Darwin_and_Dispersal). Still, little emphasis has been put on this original type of seed dispersal during previous FSD symposium. It is however important for transportation of plant species (and animal species as well) from one continent to another, with interesting and often surprising newly animal-plant interactions and adaptations during the evolution processus. As an example, the discontinuity between Carapa species across tropical africa and america (Kenfack 2011) is one important Rodent-seed interaction case I've been studying for years with many colleagues across the ocean. During the symposium, I wished to review how LDD across oceans contributed to alter, eventually enrich, biodiversity in remote territories (islands, mainlands or continents). I edited the Facebook page "FrugivoresSD" in January 2020, and it presents the various topics I wished to approach during the symposia. I aim to edit a book on the topic after the 2024 conference. See https://www.facebook.com/FrugivoresSD/posts/2516881278562139?__tn__=K-R Please, contact me if interested to participate. pierre-micheldotforget(at)mnhndotfr