Prof. Dr. Ir. Romain Lucas GLELE KAKAÏ

Lab Director

Axes de recherche : Modèles Linéaires à effet mixte – Modèles Linéaires Généralisés – Estimations forestières – Aménagement des forêts


 Full Professor in Biostatistics and Forest estimations (CAMES)


  • Professor in Biostatistics and Forest estimations (CAMES)
  • Head of the Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières
  • Chair of the scientific council of agronomic sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)
  • Chair of the Scientific council of the National Institute of Agricultural research of Benin
  • Coordinator of the Doctoral training in Biostatistics, University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)
  • Coordinator of the Master Programme in Biostatistics

Research interests

  • Linear mixed models
  • Non linear mixed models
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Generalized linear models
  • Forest estimations
  • Forest management


  • Professor of Biometry
  • PhD in Biometry, 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 Distinctions

  • 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.
  • Member of the selection committee of the International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2017
  • 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.

Individual research grants

  • 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

  • Peer reviewed papers: 187
  • Books: 04
  • Communications: 25
  • Technical reports: 12

Key publications

  1. Lazaro, M., Gbeha, M. and R. Glèlè Kakaï (2018). Influence of Missing Value Imputations on the Performance of Canonical Correspondence Analysis: Ecological Applications. African Journal of Applied Statistics 5(1): 323–337.
  2. Lokonon E. B., Glèlè Kakaï R. (2018). Effects of overdispersion and sample size on the Performance of Poisson model and its Extensions in Frame of Generalized Linear Models (GLMs). J. Appl. Math. Stat. 57(5): 40-53.
  3. Salako, V. K., Vihotogbé, R., Houéhanou, T., Sodé, I. A., & Glèlè Kakaï, R. (2018). Predicting the potential impact of climate change on the declining agroforestry species Borassus aethiopum Mart. in Benin: a mixture of geostatistical and SDM approach. Agroforestry Systems. DOI: 10.1007/s10457-018-0262-2.
  4. Salako, K. V., Moreira, F., Gbedomon, R. C., Tovissodé, F., Assogbadjo, A. E., & Glèlè Kakaï, R. (2018). Traditional knowledge and cultural importance of Borassus aethiopum Mart. in Benin: interacting effects of socio-demographic attributes and multi-scale abundance. Journal of ethnobiology and ethnomedicine. DOI: 10.1186/s13002-018-0233-8.
  5. Salako, V. K., Kénou, C., Dainou, K., Assogbadjo, A. E., & Glèlè Kakaï, R. (2018). Impacts of land use types on spatial patterns and neighbourhood distance of the agroforestry palm Borassus aethiopum Mart. in two climatic regions in Benin, West Africa. Agroforestry Systems. DOI :10.1007/s10457-018-0205-y