Adjunct Associate Research Scientist
Fabrice DeClerck leads the Agroecological Intensification and Risk Management Program at Bioversity International. He also leads the Ecosystem Services and Resilience working group of the CGIAR Research Program on Water Land and Ecosystems. He is a landscape and community ecologist whose primary research interests center on the ecological mechanisms that drive the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes and how these mechanisms can be used to increase the livelihoods of the farming communities of developing countries. His theoretical work highlights how functional diversity changes under landuse intensification, and how the concept of functional diversity can be used to reconstruct multifunctional agroecosytems and agricultural landscapes. His applied work with the CGIAR puts these concepts to work in the field emphasizing the multiple functions that agricultural landscapes provide and how they can be used to address critical issues of poverty reduction. He is interested in exploring the application of ecological tools and concepts in diverse fields including human nutrition, pest and disease regulation, biological connectivity and its relation to resilience, and poverty alleviation. His recent work on multifunctional landscape particularly focused on Central American biological corridors, where he tries to understand how mapping tools and landscape ecology can identify ecosystem service hotspots to facilitate co-management of landscapes. He now applies these same tools but at much larger scales in several of the world’s large river basins, notably the Volta, Nile, and Mekong. Fabrice was named the Young Professional of the Year by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development in 2005, and was Humboldt State University’s Man of the Year in 1995.