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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 299

Tenekwetche Sop, PhD

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology 
Deutscher Platz 6 
04103 Leipzig 

phone: +49 341 3550 209
email: tenekwetche_sop@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


I am an ecologist and GIS analyst, with extensive knowledge in biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and management of biodiversity, impacts of land-use change on biodiversity and ecosystems services, restoration of degraded ecosystems, ethnobotany and tree population dynamics of key multipurpose species in West Africa.
My background includes a PhD and a Master in Ecology from the University of Hamburg, a Master degree in Botany from the University of Cocody in Côte d’Ivoire and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso.
My desire to work at the science-policy interface led me to join the MPI-EVA in April 2014, as Data manager of the IUCN SSC A.P.E.S database (http://apesportal.eva.mpg.de)

My main duties include:

  • Data request, acquisition, storage and analysis to inform policy on great ape conservation
  • Trend analysis of great ape populations in the frame of the IUCN SSC periodic assessment
  • Data/metadata management and analysis (data quality assurance; data integration, standardization and normalization
  • Extensive communication with the IUCN SSC SGA, conservation organizations, researchers and policy makers
  • Reporting, networking and outreach activities
  • Contribution to scientific papers

Regional expertise

West, Central and Southern Africa

Languages skills

French, English, German, Pidgin-English, Bamougoum, Bassa, Bambara (work in progress)

Memberships in scientific organizations

  • African Forest Forum (AFF)
  • DesertNet International
  • German Society of Botany (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft e.V)
  • International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS)
  • Forestry Research Network Association in Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA)
  • Cameroon Ethnobotany Network (CEN)
  • Member of Group on Earth Observations – Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO – BON), Working Group no III: Terrestrial Ecosystems Change