Dr Gérard Rocamora is Docteur-Ingénieur en Agronomie specialised in ecology (ENSAM– Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Montpellier & Universitat de Barcelona, 1987). His main expertise and areas of interest include birds and other terrestrial vertebrates, invasive species and particularly rodents. He has worked in Europe, Africa, tropical America and the western Indian Ocean with organisations such as BirdLife International and its French partner LPO, IUCN, Conservation International and CEPF and government institutions including the Seychelles Ministry of Environment. Naturalised Seychellois, this conservation biologist and practitioner with origins from Catalonia (Spain) and France, works in Seychelles since 1995 on threatened species recovery and island rehabilitation programmes, ecosystem monitoring and seabird studies.
Over the years, he has contributed to more than 25 invasive alien species management programmes, leading 20 successful vertebrate eradications on islands, and to a dozen of reintroductions of threatened birds, reptiles and invertebrates. Affiliated for many years to the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (CRBPO & SPN/ UMR 7204), he is a member of three specialist groups of the Species Survival Commission of IUCN (Reintroduction/Invasive Species/Red Data List). He is also a bird ringer licensed by SAFRING (Cape Town University). Member of the former Academic committee of the University of Seychelles since its beginnings, part-time lecturer at the BSc of Environmental Sciences since 2013, regular supervisor of Master and PhD students, and an environmental adviser for private islands or companies, he is the founding Chairman of the Island Biodiversity & Conservation centre, and co-founder of the Island Conservation Society. He is fluent in six languages and has authored or co-authored many publications including several books and chapters on threatened species and priority sites for conservation, scientific papers, technical reports, popular books and sound guides on wildlife.