Counselor for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in the United States, Washington, DC
Dr. Yves Frénot was appointed Counselor for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States in Washington, DC on September 1, 2018.
From 2003 to 2009, Dr. Frénot was in charge of the scientific projects at the French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV), the lead agency for supporting French scientific research in the Polar Regions. In early 2010, the French Ministry of Research and the National Center for Scientific Research (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS) appointed Dr. Frénot director of IPEV. He was therefore responsible for the implementation of the French Polar Program and manager of large polar research infrastructures, including several research stations in the Antarctic and the Arctic, as well as the R/V Marion-Dufresne, the largest oceanographic vessel in France.
Dr. Frénot's scientific background is in terrestrial ecology and the impacts of human activities and climate changes on the Sub-Antarctic islands. He has participated in more than 15 expeditions in Polar Regions, namely working on the colonization processes on the glaciers’ forelands. In the 2000s, he initiated a large survey of alien plant and invertebrate species in the French Subantarctic Islands and their impact. Due to his knowledge in these areas, Dr. Frénot is one of the world experts in polar and subpolar environments. He has published more than 150 scientific articles, chapters in 5 books, 3 books and many articles on polar ecology and Antarctic governance for general public.
He obtained his PhD in Biological Sciences at Rennes I University in 1986, his Habilitation in 1994, and he is a Senior Scientist at CNRS.