Sébastien is a generalist conservation biologist. He trained as a molecular biologist before entering the field of conservation genetics with his M.Sc. (Lund, Sweden), Ph.D. (Lausanne, Swiss) and post-doc. (ZSL and Cambridge Uni, U.K.), additionally graduating as a management professional (Glasgow, U.K.).
He has been involved in teaching, research and conservation on a project basis with a wide variety of taxa (reptiles, amphibians, birds, large mammals, great apes) in diverse habitats (Scandinavia, Alps, Jura, Pyrennees, Australian and Saudi deserts, tropical forests of West Africa and South East Asia, Sub-saharan savannah), inside and outside protected areas.
Sustained engagement with a wide range of actors, scientific peers, conservation experts, local communities, governments, military, hunters, farmers and, in West Africa, with the mining sector has been an integral part of these projects.
Since 2008, Sébastien has been the country director for Guinea for the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation. He established the representation in the country, designed and implemented biodiversity management plans in partnership with the mining sector, conducted country wide biodiversity surveys, environmental education programs and Great Apes research.