Department of Environmental Sciences
University of South Africa (UNISA)
South Africa

Kowiyou Yessoufou is an evolutionary ecologist with a PhD obtained in 2012 at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. The main objective of his research is to reconstruct both the evolutionary dynamic of speciation and the temporal changes of environmental conditions and explore how both have contributed to shaping current biodiversity patterns across time and spaces to inform conservation decisions. To this end, Dr Yessoufou analyses DNA data and contemporary ecological information using phylogenetic and biogeographic approaches. He is specifically interested into questions related to community/population dynamic, extinction risk, biological invasion, and the link between climate change and biodiversity. His works are mainly on plants (with currently a special focus on Cycads) although all living organisms are of interests to him. Dr Yessoufou is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Africa.

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