Guillaume Chapron


I am an interdisciplinary scholar interested in contemporary environmental issues such as biodiversity conservation. Intially trained as a statistician with a particular crush on Bayesian inference, my work focuses on diverse topics such as ecology, law and politics and ethics.

Higher education


67th session in Strategic and economic intelligence (2019), Institut des Hautes Études de la Défense Nationale, École Militaire, Paris, France.


Graduate Diploma in Politics (2018) with first-class honour at the University of London (taught by the London School of Economics).


Doctorate in Ecology (PhD, 2004) at the Mathematical Eco-Evolutionary Theory Group, Université Pierre & Marie Curie and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.


Master of Science in Ecology (MSc, 2000) at the Université Pierre & Marie Curie and the Institut National d’Agronomie Paris-Grignon, France.


Diploma of Veterinary Medicine (DVM, 1998) at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, France.

Professional experience


2013 – ongoing: Associate Professor (full time, 80% externally funded).
2011 – 2013: Researcher (full time, 100% externally funded). 
2007 – 2011: Assistant Professor (4 year faculty-funded position).
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.


2007: Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, University of Bern, Switzerland.


2005 – 2007: Assistant lecturer, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris and Université Technologique de Troyes, France.


2003 – 2005: Assistant lecturer (Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche), Université d’Angers, France.


I have published more than 80 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. My work has been cited more than 4000 times. Illustrative papers include:


Chapron, G., Epstein, Y., & López-Bao, J. V. (2019). A rights revolution for nature. Science, 363(6434), 1392-1393.


Chapron, G. (2017). The environment needs cryptogovernance. Nature 545(7655): 403-405.


Bauer, H., Chapron, G., Nowell, K., Henschel, P., Funston, P., Hunter, L.T.B., Macdonald, D.W. & Packer, C. (2015). Lion (Panthera leo) populations are declining rapidly across Africa, except in intensively managed areas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 112(48): 14894-14899.


Chapron, G., Kaczensky, P., Linnell, J.D.C., Von Arx, M., Huber, D., Andrén, H., López-Bao, J.V., Adamec, M., Álvares, F., Anders, O., Balečiauskas, L., Balys, V., Bedõ, P., Bego, F., Blanco, J.C., Breitenmoser, U., Brøseth, H., Bufka, L., Bunikyte, R., Ciucci, P., Dutsov, A., Engleder, T., Fuxjäger, C., Groff, C., Holmala, K., Hoxha, B., Iliopoulos, Y., Ionescu, O., Jeremić, J., Jerina, K., Kluth, G., Knauer, F., Kojola, I., Kos, I., Krofel, M., Kubala, J., Kunovac, S., Kusak, J., Kutal, M., Liberg, O., Majić, A., Männil, P., Manz, R., Marboutin, E., Marucco, F., Melovski, D., Mersini, K., Mertzanis, Y., Mysłajek, R.W., Nowak, S., Odden, J., Ozolins, J., Palomero, G., Paunović, M., Persson, J., Potoečnik, H., Quenette, P.-Y., Rauer, G., Reinhardt, I., Rigg, R., Ryser, A., Salvatori, V., Skrbinšek, T., Stojanov, A., Swenson, J.E., Szemethy, L., Trajçe, A., Tsingarska-Sedefcheva, E., Váňa, M., Veeroja, R., Wabakken, P., Wölfl, M., Wölfl, S., Zimmermann, F., Zlatanova, D. & Boitani, L. (2014). Recovery of large carnivores in Europe’s modern human-dominated landscapes. Science 346(6216): 1517-1519.

I have raised more than 5 million EUR through competitive grants from diverse funders (Swedish research councils, Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, European Commission and private actors).

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