Dr. Jude Bijoux is Docteur de l’Université de la Méditerranée Aix-Marseille II (Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille), France (2013). He also holds a Masters degree in Environment and Economy from the same university, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Biology from the University of Newcastle. He is the Managing Director of the Fisheries and Marine Consultancy Services, and was previously employed as the Chief Fisheries Scientist at the Seychelles Fishing Authority. He has about 20 years of work experience in the field of marine environment in the Seychelles and the Indian Ocean region, consisting of marine conservation, fisheries and climate change adaptation, climate change related policy and strategy formulation, biodiversity and habitat assessment, project monitoring and evaluation, environmental /coastal and fisheries management. His scientific interests include understanding the mobility of fishes and factors that structure coral reef fish communities, the restoration of marine habitats and the social dimensions of fisheries and marine conservation in the face of climate change, and statistical analysis of biodiversity and temporal data sets.
Dr Bijoux has an in-depth knowledge of Seychelles marine and coastal environment and local actors, and has been working as a consultant for many national and international stakeholders including the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the International Union for Nature Conservation, the Global Climate Change Alliance, the United Nations Development Programme, the Indian Ocean Commssion, the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association, the South African Institute for International Affairs, among others. Former Chair of Seychelles National Parks Authority, and Co-Chair of the Seychelles National Climate Change Committee, Dr Jude Bijoux has produced many technical and scientific publications including a dozen of articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was the lead author of the climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment for Seychelles Third National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He has also been contributing since 2013 as part-time lecturer to the teaching of the BSc in Environmental Sciences of the University of Seychelles.