Dr. Anne Larigauderie (born Bourges, France) is a French ecologist. She is currently the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). She was previously the Head of Science in Society at ICSU, the International Council for Science, and the Executive Director of DIVERSITAS, the international scientific programme dedicated to biodiversity science, under the auspices of ICSU, and UNESCO.
Anne Larigauderie received her Master's Degree in plant molecular biology from the Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France, and her PhD in plant ecology, from the Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Montpellier, France. She then spent several years in the USA, working as a research scientist in several scientific projects. In Alaska, for example, she was involved in the first pilot project performing CO2 enrichment of natural ecosystems in the tundra in open top chambers (with Prof. Walter C. Oechel) to understand and predict impact of climate change on plant physiology and ecology. In California (San Diego State University and the University of California – Davis) she worked on root competition among California grassland species for soil nutrient pockets (with Prof. Jim Richards). A subsequent project focused on responses of various grass species to various scenarios of elevated CO2 and temperature, the aim of which was to predict response of grasses to future climate change (with Prof. Boyd Strain and Prof. Jim Reynolds, Duke University, North Carolina).
Dr. Larigauderie then returned to Europe, working as a research scientist on the potential acclimation of dark respiration of lowland and alpine plant species to future elevated temperatures (with Prof. Christian Körner, University of Basel, Switzerland). In 1996 she became the coordinator of the Swiss Priority Programme on biodiversity, and the scientific adviser to the Swiss delegation to the Convention on Biological Diversity. In 1999, she joined the International Council for Science (ICSU, Paris), as Environmental Sciences Officer. She was appointed as Executive Director of DIVERSITAS late 2001. Her priorities have been to build DIVERSITAS as a strong international scientific programme dedicated, on one hand, to the sciences of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and, on the other hand, to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services. She has worked to facilitate, on behalf of the scientific community, the establishment of an IPCC-like mechanism for biodiversity, called IPBES, the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services. In 2013, she became Head of Science in Society at ICSU, the International Council for Science.
In 2010, she was made Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur by the French national Ministry of National Education, Advanced Instruction, and Research.
She currently resides in Paris.
- Perrings C, Duraiappah A, Larigauderie A and Mooney HA. 2011. The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Science-Policy Interface, Science 331: 1139-1140
- Larigauderie A, Mace GM, Mooney HA. 2010. Colour-coded targets would help clarify biodiversity priorities. Nature. 464, 160
- A Larigauderie and H Mooney. Editors of a Special issue: May 2010. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) volume 2: Terrestrial systems.
- Larigauderie A, Mooney HA. 2010. The International Year of Biodiversity: an opportunity to strengthen the science–policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services (Editorial). Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) volume 2 (1-2)
- Larigauderie A, Mooney HA. 2010. The Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: moving a step closer to an IPCC-like mechanism for biodiversity. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) volume 2(1): 9-14.
- Mace GM, Cramer W, Diaz S, Faith DP, Larigauderie A, Le Prestre P, Palmer M, Perrings C, Scholes RJ, Walpole M, Walther BA, Watson JEM, Mooney HA. 2010. Biodiversity targets after 2010. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) volume 2 (1): 3-8.
- Hendry AP, Lohmann LG, Cracraft J, Tillier S, Haeuser C, Faith DP, Magallon S, Conti E, Zardoya R, Kogure K, Larigauderie A, Prieur-Richard AH, Crandall KA, Joly CA, Mortiz C, Yahara T, and MJ Donoghue. 2009. Evolutionary Biology in biodiversity science and conservation: a call to action. Evolution 64(5):1517-1528.
- Mooney H, Larigauderie A, Cesario M, Elmquist T, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Lavorel S, Mace GM, Palmer M, Scholes R, and T Yahara. 2009. Biodiversity, climate change and ecosystem services. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1(1):46-54.
- Leemans R, Rice M, Asrar G, Canadell JG, Ingram J, Larigauderie A, Melillo JM, Mooney H, Nobre C, Schmidt F et al. 2009. Developing a common strategy for integrative global change research and outreach: the earth System Science Partnership. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 1(1):4-13.
- RJ Scholes, GM Mace, W Turner, G Geller, N Juergens, A Larigauderie, D Muchoney, B Walther and HA Mooney. 2008. Towards a global biodiversity observing system, Science, vol 321, 1044-45 (22 Aug 2008).
- Loreau M, Oteng-Yeboah A, Arroyo M, Babin D, Barbault R, Donoghue M, Gadgil M, Häuser C, Heip C, Larigauderie A, Ma K, Mace G, Mooney H, Perrings C, Raven P, Sarukhan J, Schei P, Scholes R, and Watson R. 2006. Diversity without representation. Nature 442: 245-6.
- "IPBES-2 Adopts the Antalya Consensus, Appoints First Executive Secretary". IISD. Retrieved 2015-06-04.
- "Expert of the Day - Anne Larigauderie". IPBES. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
- "New UN science body to monitor biosphere". Nature. 2010-06-12. Archived from the original on 13 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
- "Légion D'honneur - Qualis Droit". Archived from the original on 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2011-04-14.