Centre for the synthesis
and analysis of biodiversity

A centre created and developed by the FRB



Alison Specht (BScHons, PhD UQ) is an environmental scientist with broad expertise in research, teaching, and community engagement. After some years as a tutor and research officer at the University of Queensland, she was a research and teaching academic at Southern Cross University in northern New South Wales for more than twenty years. She has published many reports, scientific papers and book chapters on the biodiversity, function and monitoring of ecosystems, particularly groundwater-dependent, rainforest and coastal communities. She is the co-author of two books on Australian vegetation. Her major interests are the links between site quality, productivity and biodiversity, and enhancing engagement between science, policy and management to improve environmental outcomes. 

From 2009 to 2014 she was the director of the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (www.aceas.org.au), a facility of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (www.tern.org.au), based at the University of Queensland. She has been a member of the DataONE (www.dataone.org) Usability and Assessment Working Group since its inception in 2010, and has interests and expertise in data management and the preservation of archival data. She initiated the formation of the International Synthesis Consortium (www.synthesis-consortium.org), whose mission is to increase the effectiveness and recognition of the value of synthesis centres. On 1 September 2015 she took up the position of Director of the CEntre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) of the FRB.



Chargé de mission Développement du système d'information du CESAB

Baptiste Laporte est chargé de mission « développement des systèmes d’information au CESAB ». Permanent au Centre à Aix-en-Provence, il travaille  en collaboration avec les groupes de travail financés dans le cadre des appels à projets du CESAB. Ses domaines de compétence couvrent les champs des statistiques et de l'informatique, notamment les bases de données relationnelles et les sites web. Il s'appuie sur une formation appliquée en informatique et statistique (master professionnel en Mathématiques et Informatique des Nouvelles Technologies). A l’occasion d’une première expérience en temps qu'ingénieur d'étude en bioinformatique au CNRS, il a contribué à la mise en place d’une base de données relative au programme de développement d’organismes chordés impliquant d’importants aspects de protéomique. Une seconde expérience professionnelle dans le monde industriel en temps qu'ingénieur informatique en charge du développement de bases de données et de sites et interfaces web pour une entreprise nationale lui a permis d’acquérir des méthodes strictes d’application de ses connaissances, qu'il met en pratique dans ses fonctions au CESAB.


magaliAdministrative officer

Magali Grana studied at the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH) in Aix-en-Provence and received a Master's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology as well as a Master's in Sciences and Technics of the Mediterranean cultural heritage. She started her carreer as a cultural mediator at the Museum of African, Oceanian, and American Indian Museum in Marseille, and at the Old Marseille Museum. For about six years she has acquired administrative experience as an administrative and logistic assistant in a non-profit organisation for social actions in Marseille. She joined CESAB's team in October 2011. Her main tasks here are to: 1) welcome the researchers during their work sessions at CESAB and coordinate the logistics associated with their visits, 2) perform the follow-up of CESAB's call for research proposals, and 3) manage the daily operation of the centre. 


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