Cocoa pollination as a potential yield driver under changing management and climate

Research interests

I am mainly interested in the potential of small-scale agricultural systems for preserving biodiversity, ecosystem services, and food security.

My PhD project aims to disentangle the role of cocoa pollination ecology for reducing yield gaps and mitigate current climatic risks in the main cocoa producing regions of South America, West Africa and South East Asia. More precisely, in my research I develop an innovative arthropod monitoring software for recording arthropods activity and investigate 1) the effect of landscape and management practices on cocoa pollinator communities, 2) the response of management adjustments on pollinators and fruit-set, and 3) the overall trade-offs of pollination intensification for increasing cocoa yields.