• Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi
  • Coordinator of Scientific Seminars, Laboratory of Applied Ecology
  • Coordinator of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operations, Laboratory of Applied Ecology
  • Publisher of 25 scientific papers
  • Supervisor of 10 PhD candidates, 15 MSc and 3 BSc students
  • Member of scientific groups such as IUCN-WCPA, International Association for Landscape Ecology
  • Reviewer of many journals including: Forest Ecology and Management, Restoration Ecology, South African Journal of Botany, African Journal of Ecology
  • Member of the French – English Translation Committee, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi



01 B.P. 532 Cotonou, Benin

Cell: (229) 65 87 80 16

Fax: (229) 21 30 30 84

E-Mail: [email protected]

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  • Ph.D., University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), 2013, Major: Management of Natural Resources
  • Agricultural Engineering Degree, University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), 2008, Major: Management of Natural Resources
  • High School Diploma, Major Mathematics and Physics (Diplôme du Baccalauréat Série Scientifique C), CEG Allada, Benin, 2003



Agriculture, Agroforestry, Agronomy, Applied Ecology, Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring, Conservation Biology, Ecological Modeling, Ecological Restoration, Ecological Statistics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Psychology and Conservation, Ecosystem Ecology, Ecosystem Functioning, Endangered and useful species conservation, Forest Conservation, Forest Ecology, Forest Management, Landscape Ecology, Management of Rangelands and of Protected Area, Natural Resource Management and Conservation, Non-Timber Forest Products Assessment, Plant Biodiversity and Geography, Plant community ecology (Phytosociology).



Benin, Niger, Togo



  • Small grants: Rufford Small Grant for Conservation, IFS Collaborative Research Grant, West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Research Grant for Excellence
  • Research Funding Programme of the University of Abomey-Calavi
  • National research projects (ONAB, FNRSIT)
  • Bilateral projects: France (IRD-JEAI), Germany (LOEWE)



  • International Association for Landscape Ecology
  • Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • World Commission on Protected Areas
  • Beninese Association of Pastoralism



  • Nomination as Affiliate by the African Academy of Sciences for the period 2016 – 2020
  • Member, Expert Assessment Groups – Green List supervised by the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) for the IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas initiative



  • Guidigan M. L. G., Azihou F., Idohou R., Okhimanhe A. A., Fandohan A. B.,  Sinsin B. and Adet L., 2018. Modelling the current and future distribution of Kigelia africana under climate change in Benin, West Africa. Modeling Earth Systems and Environment4: 1225 – 1238.
  • Amahowe O. I., Azihou A. F., Natta K. A., Biaou S. S. H., Biaou S., Agoï D-D and Balogoun S., 2018. Constraints of seedling survival and recruitment under adult tree of a multi-use species Afzelia africana Sm and Pers in Sudanian region of Benin (West Africa). Agroforestry Systems
  • Guidigan M. L. G., Azihou F., Okhimanhe A. A., Sinsin B., Usman B. S. and Adet L., 2018. Examining the effectiveness of a protected areas network in the conservation of Kigelia africanaunder climate change by 2050 in Benin. Open Access Library Journal5: e4326.
  • Assédé E. S. P., Djagoun C. A. M. S., Azihou F. A., Gogan Y. S. C., Kouton M. D., Adomou A. C., Geldenhuys C. J., Chirwa P. W. and Sinsin B., 2018. Efficiency of conservation areas to protect orchid species in Benin, West Africa. South African Journal of Botany116: 230 – 237.
  • Sèwadé C., Lokonon B. E., Azihou A. F., Akouèhou G. S., Mensah G. A., Glèlè Kakaï R. L. and Houinato M. R. B., 2018. Use diversity and farmer’s preference of 48 local multipurpose fodder trees: a comparative analysis of three sociolinguistic groups of Benin. Annales des Sciences Agronomiques22 : 33 – 52.
  • Bucksch A., Atta-Boateng A., Azihou A. F., Battogtokh D., Baumgartner A., Binder B. M., Braybrook S. A., Chang C., Coneva V., DeWitt T. J., Fletcher A. G., Gehan M. A., Diaz -Martinez D. H., Hong L., Iyer-Pascuzzi A. S., Klein L. L., Leiboff S., Li M., Lynch J. P., Maizel A., Maloof J. N., Markelz R. J. C., Martinez C. C., Miller L. A., Mio W., Palubicki W., Poorter H., Pradal C., Price C. A., Puttonen E., Reese J. B., Rellán-Álvarez R., Spalding E. P., Sparks E. E., Topp C. N., Williams J. H. and Chitwood D. H., 2017. Morphological plant modeling: unleashing geometric and topological potential within the plant sciences. Frontiers in Plant Science8: 900. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.00900
  • Sèwadé C., Azihou A. F., Fandohan A. B., Glèlè Kakaï R. L., Mensah G. A. and Houinato M. R. B., 2017. Leaf biomass modeling, carrying capacity and species-specific performance in aerial fodder production of three priority browse species Afzelia africanaPterocarpus erinaceus and Daniellia oliveri in Benin. Livestock Research for Rural Development, 29: Article #192.
  • Fandohan A. B., Azihou A. F., Asssogbadjo A. E., Fonton N. H., Sinsin A. B. and van Damme P., 2017. Environment-driven spatial pattern of tamarind trees in riparian forests. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development111: 23 – 37. doi: 10.12895/jaeid.20171.499
  • Andronache I., Fensholt R., Ahammer H., Ciobotaru A-M., Pintilii R-D., Peptenatu D., Drăghici C-C., Diaconu D. C., Radulović M., Pulighe G., Azihou A. F., Toyi M. S. and Sinsin B., 2017. Assessment of textural differentiations in forest resources in Romania using fractal analysis. Forests8: 54. doi:10.3390/f8030054
  • Houndonougbo J. S. H., Salako V. K., Idohou R., Azihou F. A., Assogbadjo A. E. and Glèlè Kakaï R., 2017. Local perceptions of elephant-Borassus aethiopum Mart. (Arecaceae) interactions in the Pendjari National Park in Benin. Bois et Forêts des Tropiques331: 7 – 17.
  • Hounkpèvi A., Azihou A. F., Kouassi E. K., Porembski S. and Glèlè Kakaï R., 2016.Climate-induced morphological variation of black plum (Vitex doniana Sw.) in Benin, West Africa. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 63: 1073 – 1084.
  • Idohou R., Assogbadjo A. E., Azihou F., Glèlè Kakaï R. and Adomou A., 2016. Influence of the landscape context on stand structure and spatial patterns of the doum palm (Hyphaene thebaicaMart.) in the Republic of Benin (West Africa). Agroforestry Systems90: 591 – 605.
  • Sèwadé C., Azihou A. F., Fandohan A. B., Houéhanou T. D. et Houinato M., 2016. Diversité, priorité pastorale et de conservation des ligneux fourragers des terres de parcours en zone soudano-guinéenne du Bénin. BASE20: 113 – 129.
  • Salako V. K., Azihou A. F., Assogbadjo A. E., Houéhanou T. D., Kassa B. D. and Glèlè Kakaï R. L., 2016. Elephant-induced damage drives spatial isolation of the dioecious palm Borassus aethiopum Mart. (Arecaceae) in the Pendjari National Park, Benin. African Journal of Ecology54: 9 – 19.
  • Assédé E. S. P., Azihou F. A., Adomou A. C., Oumorou M. et Sinsin B., 2015. Effet du relief sur la régénération des espèces ligneuses en zone soudanienne du Bénin. Bois et Forêts des Tropiques326: 15 – 24.
  • Donou Hounsode M. T., Glèlè Kakaï R., Azihou A. F.and Ouédraogo A., 2015. Efficiency of inventory plot patterns for the estimation of woody vegetation recruit density in a tropical dense forest in Benin. African Journal of Ecology, 53: 355 – 361.
  • Azihou A. F., Glèlè Kakaï R. and Sinsin B., 2014. Importance of functional traits and regional species pool in predicting long-distance dispersal in savanna ecosystems. Plant Ecology215: 651 – 660.
  • Kassa B. D., Fandohan B., Azihou A. F., Assogbadjo A. E., Oduor A. M. O., Kidjo F., Babatounde S., Liu J. and Glele Kakai R., 2014. Survey of Loxodonta africana (Elephantidae)-caused bark injury on Adansonia digitata (Malvaceae) within Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, Benin. African Journal of Ecology52: 385–394.
  • Azihou A. F., Glèlè Kakaï R. and Sinsin B., 2013. Do isolated gallery-forest trees facilitate recruitment of forest seedlings and saplings in savanna? Acta Oecologica53: 11 – 18.
  • Azihou A. F., Glèlè Kakaï R., Bellefontaine R. and Sinsin B., 2013. Distribution of tree species along a gallery forest–savanna gradient: patterns, overlaps and ecological thresholds. Journal of Tropical Ecology29: 25 – 37.
  • Lokonon B. E., Bonou W. N., Kassa B., Azihou A. F., Assogbadjo A. E. and Glèlè Kakaï R., 2013. Structural and ethnobotanical characterization of Velvet Tamarind (Dialium guineense Willd), a multipurpose tree species. Agronomie Africaine25: 121 – 131.
  • Assogbadjo A. E., Glèlè Kakaï R., Adjallala F. H., Azihou A. F., Vodouhê G. F., Kyndt T. and Codjia J. T. C., 2011. Ethnic differences in use value and use patterns of the threatened multipurpose scrambling shrub (Caesalpinia bonduc L.) in Benin. Journal of Medicinal Plant Research5: 1549 – 1557.
  • Vodouhè R., Dansi A., Avohou T. H., Kpèki B. and Azihou F., 2011. Plant domestication and its contributions to in situ conservation of genetic resources in Benin. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation3: 40 – 56.s.