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Ruppert VIMAL

Chargé de Recherche CNRS


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    Maison de la Recherche de l'Université Jean Jaurès
    5, Allées A. Machado - 31058 TOULOUSE Cedex 1

My PhD

Current research

My research is at the interface between ecology, geography and Science and Technology Studies and aims at producing relevant and applied knowledge for biodiversity conservation. My main topics of interest are great apes, world protected areas and ecological networks. Focusing on both local and continental scales, I develop spatial methods and indicators to assess conservation policies and identify priority areas for integrated conservation. Simultaneously, I study the social drivers of expertise and scientific knowledge. I focus mainly on the construction and role of technical instruments, maps and spatial indicators. Such objects do not only reflect the environment but as well contribute to shape it. My main interest therefore relies on the interaction between scientific rationality and socio-political dynamics towards the construction of an evidence-based policy.

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Selected publications

Vimal R., Devictor V., 2015. Building relevant ecological indicators with basic data: species and community specialization indices derived from atlas data. Ecological Indicators. 50 : 1-7

Leclerc, T., Vimal, R., Troispoux, V., Périgon, S., Scotti, I., 2015. Life after disturbance (I): changes in the spatial genetic structure of Jacaranda copaia (Aubl.) D. Don (Bignonianceae) after logging in an intensively studied plot in French Guiana. Annals of Forest Science. 72 : 509-516.

Vimal R., Geniaux G., Pluvinet P., Napoleone C., Lepart J., 2012. Detecting threatened biodiversity by urbanization at regional and local scales using an urban sprawl simulation approach: application on the French Mediterranean region. Landscape and urban planning. 104: 343-355.

Vimal R., Pluvinet P., Sacca C., Mazagol P.O., Etlicher B., Thompson JD., 2012. Exploring spatial patterns of vulnerability for diverse biodiversity descriptors in regional conservation planning. Journal of Environmental management. 95(1): 9-16.

Vimal R., Mathevet R., Thompson J.D., 2012. The changing landscape of ecological network. Journal for Nature Conservation. 20: 49-55.

Charvolin F., Mathevet R., Vimal R., 2012. The green and blue infrastructure and his public (in french). Quaderni 76 : 67-78.

Vimal R., Mathevet R., Michel L., 2012. Between expertise and stakeholders participation: the green and blue infrastructure of the « Grenelle de l’environnement » (in french). Natures Sciences Sociétés. 20 : 415-424

Vimal R., Mathevet R., 2011. The map and the territory : Ecological network face to the « cartographic assembly » (in french). Cybergeo : European Journal of Geography [online], Environnement, Nature, Paysage, document 572, URL :

Vimal R., Rodrigues A., Mathevet R., Thompson JD., 2011. The sensitivity of gap analysis to conservation targets. Biodiversity and Conservation. 20(3): 531-543.


iDiv publications

Gatiso, T. T., Vollan, B., Vimal, R., Kühl, H. S.(2018): If Possible, Incentivize Individuals Not Groups: Evidence from Lab-in-the-Field Experiments on Forest Conservation in Rural Uganda Conservation Letters 11(1), e12387 10.1111/conl.12387

Vimal, R., Gatiso, T., Mathevet, R.(2018): Monitoring in Tropical National Parks: The Power of Knowledge Conservation & Society 16(1), 76-90 10.4103/cs.cs_17_12

Vimal, R., Khalil-Lortie, M., Gatiso, T. (2018): What does community participation in nature protection mean? The case of tropical national parks in Africa Environmental Conservation (in press), 10.1017/S0376892917000583

Vimal, R.(2017): Monitoring for conservation in African tropical national parks: An agenda towards policy-relevant science Biological Conservation 214, 127-35 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.07.014

Vimal, R., Fonderflick, J., Thompson, J. D., Pluvinet, P., Debussche, M., Cheylan, M., Géniez, P., Mathevet, R., Acquarone, A., Lepart, J. (2017): Integrating habitat diversity into species conservation in the Mediterranean mosaic landscape Basic and Applied Ecology 22, 36-43 10.1016/j.baae.2017.07.001

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