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  • RocamoraG. and Henriette E., 2015. Invasive Alien Species in Seychelles. Why and how to eliminate them? Identification and management of priority speciesIsland Biodiversity & Conservation centre, University of Seychelles. Biotope Editions, Mèze, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris [Inventaires & Biodiversité series] 384 p. (sample chapters on ) Click here to read more


  • Henriette, E., Larridon I., Morel C., Goetghebeur P. and Senterre B.2015. Revision of the genus Costularia (Cyperaceae: Schoeneae) for the flora of Seychelles, including the re-discovery and resurrection of a rare endemic species.  Phytotaxa; 231(1): 31-41.


  • Bonnet-Lebrun, A.-S., Calabrese L.Rocamora G. and López-Sepulcre A., 2016. Estimating the abundance of burrow-nesting species through the statistical analysis of combined playback and visual surveys.  Journal of Avian Biology; 47(5): 642-649.


  • Cibois, A., Thibault J.-C., Rocamora G., Pasquet E., 2016. Molecular phylogeny and systematics of Blue and Grey Noddies (Procelsterna).  Ibis; 158(2): 433-438.


  • Jones, H.P., Holmes N.D., Butchart S.H.M., Tershy B.R., Kappes P.J., Corkery I., Aguirre-Muñoz A., Armstrong D.P., Bonnaud E., Burbidge A.A., Campbell K., Courchamp F., Cowan P.E., Cuthbert R.J., Ebbert S., Genovesi P., Howald G.R., Keitt B.S., Kress S.W., Miskelly C.M., Oppel S., Poncet S., Rauzon M.J., Rocamora G., Russell J.C., Samaniego-Herrera A., Seddon P.J., Spatz D.R., Towns D.R., Croll D.A., 2016. Invasive mammal eradication on islands results in substantial conservation gains.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America; 113 (15): 4033-4038.


  •  Russell, J.C., Cole N., Zuel N., Rocamora G.2016. Introduced mammals on Western Indian Ocean islands: species distribution, eradication attempts, and long-term island restoration prospects.  Global Ecology and Conservation; 6: 132–144.


  • Russell, J.C., Jones H.P., Armstrong D.P., Courchamp F., Kappes P.J., Seddon P.J., Oppel S., Rauzon M.J., Cowan P.E., Rocamora G., Genovesi P., Bonnaud E., Keitt B.S., Holmes N.D. and Tershy B.R., 2016. Importance of lethal control of invasive predators for island conservation.  Conservation Biology; 30(3): 670-672.


  • SenterreB., Rouhan G., Morel C., Dubuisson J.-Y., 2017. New record and new species in the fern genus Didymoglossum for the flora of Seychelles, with notes on the south-eastern Asian D. motleyi complex (Hymenophyllaceae).  Phytotaxa; 292(3): 201-217.


  • Zeng, L., Ming C., Li Y., Su L.Y., Su Y.H., Otecko N.O., Dalecky A., Donnellan S., Aplin K., Liu X.H., Song Y., Zhibin Z., Esmailizadeh A., Sohrabi S.S., Nanaei H.A., Liu H.Q., Wang M.S., Atteynine S.A., Rocamora G., Brescia F., Morand S., Irwin D.M., Peng M.S., Yao Y.G., Li H., Wu D.D., Zhang Y.P., 2017. Out of southern East Asia of the brown rat revealed by large scale genome sequencing. Molecular Biology and Evolution; 35(1):149-158. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msx276.


  • Biscornet, L., Dellagi K., Pagès F., Bibi J., de Comarmond J., Mélade J., Govinden G., Tirant M., Gomard Y., Guernier V., Lagadec E., Mélanie J., Rocamora G., Le Minter G., Jaubert J., Mavingui P., Tortosa P., 2017. Human leptospirosis in Seychelles: A prospective study confirms the heavy burden of the disease but suggests that rats are not the main reservoir. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases; 11(8): e0005831.


  • Dubuisson, J.-Y., Baureti L., Grall A., Senterre B., Said A.H.., Pynee K., Ebihara A., Hennequin S., 2017. Taxonomic study of the fern genera Abrodictyum C. Presl and Trichomanes L. (Hymenophyllaceae, Polypodiidae) in the western Indian Ocean, and description of a new Abrodictyum species for Madagascar. Phytotaxa; 327 (3): 201-222. 


  • Brooke, M. de L., Bonnaud E., Dilley B. J., Flint E. N., Holmes N. D., Jones H. P., Provost P., Rocamora G., Ryan P. G., Surman C., Buxton R. T., 2018. Seabird population changes following mammal eradications on islands. Animal Conservation; 21: 3-12.



  • Senterre B.Rocamora G., Morel C., Beaver K., Padayachy T., Henriette E., Wong L. J., Pagad S., 2018. Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species- Seychelles. Version 2.3. Invasive Species Specialist Group ISSG. Checklist Dataset accessed via on 2018-01-29.


  • Dietrich M., Gomard Y., Lagadec E., Ramasindrazana B., Le Minter G., Guernier V., Benlali A., Rocamora G., Markotter W., Goodman SM., Dellagi K., Tortosa P., 2018. Biogeography of Leptospira in wild animal communities inhabiting the insular ecosystem of the western Indian Ocean islands and neighboring Africa. Emerging Microbes & Infections; 7: 57. https://doi:10.1038/s41426-018-0059-4


  • Larridon I., Bauters K., Semmouri I., Viljoen J. & Prychid C., Muasya A, Bruhl J. & Wilson K., Senterre B., Goetghebeur P., 2018. Molecular phylogenetics of the genus Costularia (Schoeneae, Cyperaceae) reveals multiple distinct evolutionary lineages. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; 126: 196-209. https://doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2018.04.016


  • Labisko J, Griffiths, R.A., Chong-Seng L., Bunbury N., Maddock S.T., Kay S., Bradfield K.S., Taylor M., Groombridge J., 2019. Endemic, endangered and evolutionarily significant: cryptic lineages in Seychelles’ frogs (Anura: Sooglossidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society; XX: 1-19. Click Here


  • Rocamora G.2019. Eradication of invasive animals and other island restoration -practices in Seychelles: achievements, challenges and scaling up perspectives. In Veitch C.R., Clout M.N., Martin A.R., Russell J.C., West C.J., (eds.). Island invasives: scaling up to meet the challenge, pp. 588-599. Occasional Paper SSC no. 62. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN.


  • Holmes N.D., Spatz D.R., Oppel S., Tershy B., Croll D.A., Keitt B., Genovesi P., Burfield I.J., Will D.J., Bond A.L., Wegmann A., Aguirre-Muñoz A., Raine A.F., Knapp C.R., Hung C.-H., Wingate D., Hagen E., Méndez-Sánchez F., Rocamora G., Yuan H.-W., Fric J., Millett J., Russell J., Liske-Clark J., Vidal E., Jourdan H., Campbell K., Springer K., Swinnerton K., Gibbons-Decherong L., Langrand O., Brooke M. de L., McMinn M., Bunbury N., Oliveira N., Sposimo P., Geraldes P., McClelland P., Hodum P., Ryan P.G., Borroto-Páez R., Pierce R., Griffiths R., Fisher R.N., Wanless R., Pasachnik S.A., Cranwell S., Micol T., Butchart S.H.M., 2019. Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates. Public Library of Science ONE; 14: 1-17.


  • Razafimandimbison, S. G., Kainulainen K., Senterre B., Morel C., Rydin C., 2020. “Phylogenetic Affinity of an Enigmatic Rubiaceae from the Seychelles Revealing a Recent Biogeographic Link with Central Africa: Gen. Nov. Seychellea and Trib. Nov. Seychelleeae.” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; 143:  106685.


  • Mills A.J., Tan D., Manji A.K., Vijitpan T., Henriette E., Murugaiyan P., Pantha R.H., Lafdal M.Y., Soule A., Cazzetta S., Bégat P., Vlieghe K.E.P., Lavirotte L., Kok J.T., Lister J., 2020. Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change: Lessons learned from a pioneering project spanning Mauritania, Nepal, the Seychelles, and China. Plants, People, Planet; 00:1-11.


  • Humeau L., Le Corre M., Reynolds S., Wearn C., Hennicke J.C., Russell J., Gomard Y., Magalon H., Pinet P., Gélin P., Couzi F-X., Bemanaja E., Tatayah V., Ousseni B., Rocamora G., Talbot P., Shah N., Bugoni L., Da Silva D., Jaeger, A., 2020. Genetic structuring among colonies of a pantropical seabird: implication for subspecies validation and conservation. Ecology and Evolution; 00: 1-20.


  • Maddock S.T., Nussbaum R.A., Day J.J., Latta L., Miller M., Fisk D.L., Wilkinson M., Rocha S., Gower D.J., Pfrender M.E., 2020. The roles of vicariance and isolation by distance in shaping biotic diversification across an ancient archipelago: evidence from a Seychelles caecilian amphibian. BMC Evolutionary Biology; 20:110.


  • Williams R., Gower D.J.Labisko J., Morel C., Bristol R.M., Wilkinson M., Maddock S.T.2020. Are the Mascarene frog (Ptychadena mascareniensis) and Brahminy blind snake (Indotyphlops braminus) really alien species in the Seychelles? The Herpetological Bulletin; 153:17-21


  • Padayachy T., De Block P., Razafimandimbison S.G., Taedoumg H., Baguette F., Senterre B., 2020. Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of the genus Craterispermum (Rubiaceae) in the Seychelles Archipelago. Phytotaxa; 464 (4): 261-276.


  • Biscornet L., Révillion C., Jégo S., Lagadec E., Gomard Y., Le Minter G., Rocamora G., Guernier-Cambert V., Mélade J., Dellagi K., Tortosa P., Herbreteau V., 2021. Predicting the Presence of Leptospires in Rodents from Environmental Indicators Opens Up Opportunities for Environmental Monitoring of Human Leptospirosis. Remote Sensing; 13(2):325.


  • Hime P.M., Lemmon A.R., Moriarty-Lemmon E.C., Prendini E., Brown J.M., Thomson R.C., Kratovil J.D., Noonan B.P., Pyron R.A., Peloso P.L.V., Kortyna M.L., Keogh S., Donnellan S.C., Lockridge-Mueller R., Raxworthy C.J., Kunte K., Ron S.R., Das S., Gaitonde N., Green D., Labisko J., Che J., Weisrock D.W., 2021. Phylogenomics Reveals Ancient Gene Tree Discordance in the Amphibian Tree of Life. Systematic Biology; 70(1):49-66.


  • Samaniego A., Kappes P., Broome K., Cranwell S., Griffiths R., Harper G., McClelland P., Palmer R., Rocamora G., Springer K., Will D., Siers S., 2021. Factors leading to successful island rodent eradications following initial failure. Conservation Science and Practice; e404.



  • Poulle M.-L., Le Corre M., Bastien M., Gedda E., Feare C., Jaeger A., Larose C., Shah N., Voogt N., pper B.G., Lagadec E., Rocamora G., Geers R., Aubert D., Villena I., Lebarbenchon C., 2021. Exposure of pelagic seabirds to Toxoplasma gondii in the Western Indian Ocean points to an open sea dispersal of this terrestrial parasite. Public Library of Science ONE; 16(8):e0255664.


  • Dubuisson J.Y., Nivarti A., Senterre B., Rouhan G., 2021. New taxonomic treatment for Trichomanes parvulum Poir. and T. dregei Bosch (Hymenophyllaceae, Polypodiidae). Phytotaxa; 523 (1): 119–125.


  • Rocamora G., 2021. The impact of invasive plant species in coastal and island ecosystems. Pp: 30-31 In Lima M.A.A. White crowberry: a coastal plant to know and protect. Results and future challenges of Project Emc2 ‘Exploring White crowberry Coastal Habitats’. Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Click on the Link 


  • Senterre B., Lowry P.P., Bidault E., Stévart T., 2021. Ecosystemology: A new approach toward a taxonomy of ecosystems. Ecological Complexity; 47: 100945. Available online 16 July 2021.


  • Baguette F., Harryba S., Baboorun T., Adam P. A., Senterre B.2021. Characterization and evolution of the lowland tropical rain forest of the smallest oceanic Gondwana fragments, with implications for restoration and invasion ecology. Forest Ecology and Management; 504: 119837. Available online 15 November 2021.


  • Labisko J., Bunbury N., Griffiths R.A., Groombridge J.J., Chong-Seng L., Bradfield K.S., Streicher J.W., 2021. Survival of climate warming through niche shifts: Evidence from frogs on tropical islands. Glob Change Biol.; 00:1–19. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15997


  • Ramah S., Gendron G., Bhagooli R., Soondur M., Souffre A, Melanie R., Coopen P., Caussy L.,
    Bissessur D., Bergstad O.A., 2021. Diversity and distribution of the shallow water (23-50 m) benthic
    habitats on the Saya de Malha Bank, Mascarene Plateau. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science; Special Issue 2: 69-80.


  • Bergstad O.A., Tabachnick K., Rybakova E., Gendron G., Souffre A., Bhagooli R., Ramah S.,
    Olsen M., Høines A.S., Dautova T., 2021. Macro- and megafauna on the slopes of the Saya de Malha
    Bank of the Mascarene Plateau. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science; Special Issue 2: 129-158.


  •  Caussy L., Melanie R., Souffre A., Hollanda S., Olsen M., Gendron G., Ramah S., 2021.
    Pelagic and demersal fish diversity of the Saya de Malha and Nazareth Banks, Mascarene Plateau.
    Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science; Special Issue 2: 159-170.


  • Vessaz F., Marsh C.J., Bijoux J.Gendron G., Mason‑Parker C., 2022. Recovery trajectories of oceanic reef ecosystems following multiple mass coral bleaching events. Marine Biology, 169: 23


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