Prof. Dr. Ir. Romain Lucas GLELE KAKAÏ

Lab Director

Research interests : Discrimination and ordination – Generalized linear models – Forest estimations – Forest management


  • Full Professor in Biostatistics and Forest estimations (CAMES)
  • Head of the Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forest Estimations
  • Chair of the scientific council of agronomic sciences
  • Coordinator of the Doctoral training in Biostatistics, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences (FSA), University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

Research interests

  • Discrimination and ordination
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Generalized linear models
  • Forest estimations
  • Forest management


  • Professor of Biometry
  • PhD in Applied statistics, Gembloux Agricultural University, Belgium, 2005
  • MSc in Biometry, Gembloux Agricultural University, Belgium, 2001
  • Engineer Degree in Forestry, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 2000
  • Bachelor Degree in Agronomy, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 1998

 International Prizes

  • PRIZE “Heinz and Johannes”. Best research paper in Ecology; 2007 edition. The Support Africa International Foundation, Germany, 2007.
  • PRIZE “Jan Tinbergen”. Best young statistician from emerging and developing countries. The International Statistical Institute (ISI), Australia, 2005.
  • PRIZE “Biométrie 88”. Best young French biometrician in Belgium. National Association of French Belgian biometricians, Belgium, 2002.

Individual research grants

  • Member of Advisory committee of AGNES (African-German Network of Excellence in Science), 2015.
  • Member of the Global Young Academy of Sciences, 2012.
  • Member of The World Academy of Sciences (Young affiliate), 2011-2015. “Young scientists” for the World Economic Forum (Annual meeting of the new champions 2012).
  • Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for outstanding achievements in research. Germany, 2007.

International distinctions

  • WAEMU (West African Economic and Monetary Union), 2012;
  • TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences), 2011;
  • RSG Foundation (England), 2008;
  • Wild Idea Foundation (USA), 2008;
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2007;
  • TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences), 2006;
  • IFS (International Foundation for Sciences), 2006;
  • AFORNET, 2005;
  • IFS (International Foundation for Sciences), 2003;
  • AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie), 2002;
  • ANAFE/ICRAF, 1999. Many national grants.

Profiles and Curriculum

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Total number of publications

  • Articles scientifiques publiés dans les journaux: 147
  • Books: 04
  • Communications: 25
  • Documents techniques: 12

Key publications

  1. Gnonlonfoun I., Glèlè Kakaï R., Salako V.K., Assogbadjo A.E., Ouédraogo A. (2015). Structural analysis of regeneration in tropical dense forest: combined effect of plot and spatial distribution patterns. Acta botanica gallica 162(1): 79-87. (IF=0.24).
  2. Azihou A.F., Glèlè Kakaï R., Sinsin B. (2014). Importance of functional traits and regional species pool in predicting long-distance dispersal in savanna ecosystems. Plant ecology 215(6): 651-660. (IF=1.64)
  3. Houeto G., Glèlè Kakaï R., Salako K. V., Assogbadjo A., Fandohan B., Sinsin B., Palm R. (2013). Effect of inventory plot patterns in the floristic analysis of tropical woodland and dense forest. African journal of ecology 52, 257–264. (IF=1.00)
  4. Salako V., A Tinuke, Glèlè Kakaï R. (2013). On The Empirical Performance Of Non-Metric Multidimensional Scaling In Vegetation Studies. International journal of applied mathematics and statistics 36(6):54-67 (Indexed)
  5. Glèlè Kakaï R., Palm. R. (2009). Empirical comparison of error rate estimators in logistic discriminant analysis. Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 79(2): 111-120. (IF=0.778)