Jean-François Dhôte
Research Director- HDR, INRAE Orleans

Jean-François Dhôte is Director of Research at INRA in Orléans (BioForA joint research unit, associating INRA and the National Forestry Office). A graduate of the Polytechnique and a forestry engineer, he obtained a doctorate from the University of Lyon and a habilitation to direct research from the University of Lorraine. His speciality is the transformation of sustainable management practices of forest resources to face the challenges of climate change. After his initial work on the growth of hardwood forests, he coordinated research that has always been placed at the crossroads of several disciplines: design of silvicultural standards, sensitivity to storms, long-term productivity changes, variability of wood quality, carbon accounting and forest management, and biodiversity engineering. He created and directed two laboratories with 80 researchers, the Laboratory for the study of forest-wood resources in Nancy (1999-2008), then the R&D Department of the French National Forestry Office (2008-14). He has directed 20 doctoral theses and participated in more than 60 doctoral juries and expert commissions. He is the author of more than 400 articles, book chapters and communications, both for the scientific community and for professionals in the forestry and wood industry. Recently, he was the scientific leader of the prospective study on the role of forests in mitigating climate change until 2050 (INRA-IGN, 2017).

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