I'm Associate Professor at the Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. I defended my PhD at the Université Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris (2004), after obtaining a MSc (2000) and a DVM (1998). My research focuses on quantitative ecology applied to conservation, with special emphasis on modeling and large carnivores. I am particularly interested in developing models linked to field-collected data to design better management and conservation strategies. I use different approaches, from simple deterministic models to complex hierarchical state-space models and demo-genetic individual-based models. My work has been used by decision makers in several countries. This webpage serves as my online academic resume.
Visit www.carnivorescience.info for a more detailed presentation of my research projects and collaborations. Visit www.carnivoreconservation.org for general information about carnivore conservation. You can also follow me on Twitter @CarnivoreSci



  • Aug. 2013 – ongoing: Associate Professor, Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


  • Nov. 2012 – Dec. 2012: Visiting researcher at the Mammal Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Bialowieza, Poland.
  • Aug. 2011 – July 2013: Researcher, Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Aug. 2007 – July 2011: Assistant Professor at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Feb. 2007 – July 2007: Post-doctoral researcher (half time) at Department of Conservation Biology, Institute of Zoology, University of Bern, Switzerland.
  • Feb. 2007 – July 2007: Consultant (half time) at the Swiss Lynx Project, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Nov. 2005 – Feb. 2007: Teaching assistant in ecology (teaching-only position, hourly duties), Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.
  • Sept. 2005 – Nov. 2005: Teaching assistant in ecology (teaching-only position, hourly duties), Université Technologique de Troyes, France.
  • Sept. 2003 – Aug. 2005: Lecturer in ecology (“ATER”), Université d’Angers, France.


Academic degrees

  • Research Habilitation in Ecology (Docent, 2013) at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Doctoral degree in Ecology (Ph.D. 2004) at Université Paris 6, France. Title: The viability of carnivore populations. Directed by Dr. Jean Clobert (main supervisor, CNRS Paris), Prof. Régis Ferrière and Dr. Stéphane Legendre (assistant supervisors, Université Paris 6, France).
  • Master of Science in Ecology (M.Sc. 2000) at Université Paris 6, France. Title: Population dynamics of the French wolf population.
  • Diploma of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M. 1998) at Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort, France.


Peer rewieved scientific articles (email me to get a PDF)

  1. Epstein, Y., López-Bao, J. V. & Chapron, G. 2015. A legal-ecological
    understanding of Favourable Conservation Status for species in Europe
    Conservation Letters. 10.1111/conl.12200
  2. Wikenros, C., Sand, H., Bergström, R., Liberg, O. & Chapron, G. 2015. Response of Moose Hunters to Predation following Wolf Return in Sweden. PLOS ONE. 10.1371/journal.pone.0119957
  3. Persson, J., Rauset, G.R. & Chapron, G. 2015. Paying for an Endangered
    Predator Leads to Population Recovery
    . Conservation Letters
  4. López-Bao, J. V., Blanco, J. C., Rodríguez, A., Godinho, R., Sazatornil, V., Alvares, F., García, E. J., Llaneza, L., Rico, M., Cortés, Y., Palacios, V. & Chapron, G. 2015. Toothless wildlife protection laws Biodiversity and Conservation 24(8): 2105-2108
  5. Chapron G, Kaczensky P, Linnell JDC, von Arx M, Huber D, Andrén H, López-Bao JV, Adamec M, Álvares F, Anders O, Balčiauskas L, Balys V, Bedő P, Bego F, Blanco JC, Breitenmoser U, Brøseth H, Bufka L, Bunikyte R, Ciucci P, Dutsov A, Engleder T, Fuxjäger C, Groff C, Holmala K, Hoxha B, Iliopoulos Y, Ionescu O, Jeremić J, Jerina K, Kluth G, Knauer F, Kojola I, Kos I, Krofel M, Kubala J, Kunovac S, Kusak J, Kutal M, Liberg O, Majić A, Männil P, Manz R, Marboutin E, Marucco F, Melovski D, Mersini K, Mertzanis Y, Mysłajek RW, Nowak S, Odden J, Ozolins J, Palomero G, Paunović M, Persson J, Potočnik H, Quenette PY, Rauer G, Reinhardt I, Rigg R, Ryser A, Salvatori V, Skrbinšek T, Stojanov A, Swenson JE, Szemethy L, Trajçe A, Tsingarska-Sedefcheva E, Váňa M, Veeroja R, Wabakken P, Wölfl M, Wölfl S, Zimmermann F, Zlatanova D, & Boitani L. 2014. Recovery of large carnivores in Europe's modern human-dominated landscapes. Science 346: 1517-1519
  6. Chadès, I., Chapron, G., Cros, M.-J., Garcia, F. & Sabbadin, R. 2014. MDPtoolbox: a multi-platform toolbox to solve stochastic dynamic programming problems. Ecography 37 (9), 916-920
  7. Inman R.M., Brock, B.L., Inman, K.H., Sartorius, S.S., Aber, B.C., Giddings, B, Cain, S.L., Orme, M.L., Fredrick, J.A., Oakleaf, B.J., Alt, K.L., Odell, E. & Chapron, G. 2013. Developing priorities for metapopulation conservation at the landscape scale: Wolverines in the Western United States. Biological Conservation. 166: 276–286.
  8. Marescot, L., Chapron, G., Chadès, I., Fackler, P., Duchamp, C., Marboutin, E, & Gimenez, O. 2013. Complex decisions made simple: A primer on stochastic dynamic programming. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 4(9): 872-884.
  9. Jonzén, N., Sand, H., Wabakken, P., Swenson, J.E., Kindberg, J., Liberg, O., & Chapron, G. 2013. Sharing the bounty - adjusting harvest to predator return in the Scandinavian human-wolf-bear-moose system. Ecological Modelling. 265:140-148.
  10. Rauset, G.R., Mattisson, J., Andrén, H., Chapron, G. & Persson, J. 2013. When species ranges meet: Assessing differences in habitat selection between sympatric large carnivores. Oecologia. 172(3): 701-711.
  11. Chapron, G., Wielgus, R., Lambert, A. 2013. Overestimates of maternity and population growth rates in multi-annual breeders. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 59(2): 237-243.
  12. Hobbs, N.T., Andrén, H., Persson, J., Aronsson, M. & Chapron, G. 2012. Native predators reduce harvest of reindeer by Sámi pastoralists. Ecological Applications. 22(5): 1640-1654.
  13. Marescot, L., Gimenez, O., Duchamp, C., Marboutin, E. & Chapron, G. 2012. Reducing matrix population models with application to social animal species. Ecological Modelling. 232: 91-96.
  14. Liberg, O., Chapron, G., Wabakken, P., Pedersen, H.C., Hobbs, N.T. & Sand, H. 2011. Shoot, shovel and shut up: cryptic poaching slows restoration of a large carnivore in Europe. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279 (1730): 910-915.
  15. Arlettaz, R., Chapron, G. & Braunisch, V. 2011. Active scepticism must drive biodiversity conservation science. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 26(8): 379-380.
  16. Chapron, G., Wielgus, R., Quenette, P.-Y. & Camarra, J.-J. 2009. Diagnosing Mechanisms of Decline and Planning for Recovery of an Endangered Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) Population. PLoS ONE 4(10): e7568.
  17. Chapron, G., Miquelle, D.G., Lambert, A., Goodrich, J.M., Legendre, S., & Clobert, J. 2008. The impact on tigers of poaching versus prey depletion. Journal of Applied Ecology 45: 1667-1674.
  18. Ciucci, P., Chapron. G., Guberti, V. & Boitani, L. 2007. Estimation of mortality parameters from (biased) samples at death: are we getting the basics right in wildlife field studies? A response to Lovari et al. (2007). Journal of Zoology 273: 125-127.
  19. Chapron, G. & Huste, A. 2006. Open, fair and free journal ranking for researchers. Bioscience 56: 558-559.
  20. Chapron, G., Veron, G. & Jennings, A. 2006. New carnivore species in Borneo may not be new. Oryx 40: 138.
  21. Linkie, M., Chapron, G., Martyr, D., Holden, J. & Leader-Williams, N. 2006. Assessing the viability of tiger subpopulations in a fragmented landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology 43: 576-586.
  22. Chapron, G., Quenette, P.-Y., Legendre, L. & Clobert, C. 2003. Which future for the French Pyrenean brown bear (Ursus arctos) population? An approach using stage-structured deterministic and stochastic models. Comptes Rendus Biologies 326: S174–S182.
  23. Chapron, G., Legendre, S., Ferriere, R., Clobert, J. & Haight, R. G. 2003. Conservation and control strategies for the wolf (Canis lupus) in western Europe based on demographic models. Comptes Rendus Biologies 326: 575–587.

Books and book chapters

  • Miquelle, D. G., Goodrich, J. M., Smirnov, E.N., Stephens, P. A., Zaumyslova, O. Yu., Chapron, G., Kerley, L., Murzin, A. A., Hornocker, M.G., Quigley, H.B. 2010. The Amur tiger: a case study of living on the edge (Chapter 13). Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids p. 325-339 (eds D. W. Macdonald and A. Loveridge). Oxford University Press.
  • Chapron, G., Miquelle, D.G., Goodrich, J. G., Lambert, A., Legendre, S., Clobert, J. 2005. The effect of poaching on tigers in the Russian Far East (Chapter 25). Tigers of Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik: ecology and conservation (in Russian) p. 191-195 (eds D.G. Miquelle, J.G. Goodrich, and E.N. Smirnov).
  • McCarthy, T. & Chapron, G. (Eds.). 2003. Snow Leopard Survival Strategy. Intl Snow Leopard Trust & Snow Leopard Network, Seattle, USA. 108 p.
  • Chapron, G. & Moutou, F. (Eds.). 2002. L'étude et la conservation des carnivores. Société Française pour l'Etude et la Protection des Mammifères. 167 p.

Opinions and letters

  1. López Bao, J.V., Kaczensky, P., Linnell, J.D.C. & Chapron, G. 2015.
    Carnivore coexistence: wilderness not required. Science 348: 871.
  2. Chapron, G. 2014. Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy. Nature 516: 289
  3. Chapron, G. & López Bao, J.V. 2014. Conserving Carnivores: Politics in Play. Science 343: 1199-1200.
  4. Chapron, G., López Bao, J.V., Kjellander, P. & Karlsson, J. 2013. Misuse of Scientific Data in Wolf Policy. Science 339: 1521.
  5. Chapron, G., Arlettaz, R. & Boitani, L. 2010. Why the inaction on biodiversity? Nature 467: 401.
  6. Chapron, G. & Samelius, G. 2008. Where Species Go, Legal Protections Must Follow. Science 322: 1049.
  7. Chapron, G., Andrén, H. & Liberg, O. 2008. Conserving Top Predators in Ecosystems. Science 320: 47.
  8. Chapron, G. & Arlettaz, R. 2008. Conservation: academics should 'conserve or perish'. Nature 451: 127.
  9. Chapron, G. & Arlettaz, R. 2006. Using Models to Manage Carnivores. Science 314: 1682 - 1683.
  10. Chapron, G. 2006. Scientists are well placed to speak up for biodiversity. Nature 442: 627.
  11. Chapron, G. 2005. Re-wilding: other projects help carnivores stay wild. Nature 437: 318.

Technical reports (selection)

  • Boitani, L., Alvarez, F., Andren, H., Avanzinelli, E., Balys, V., Blanco, J.C., Breitenmoser, U., Chapron, G. 2015 & 31 more co-authors. Key actions for Large Carnivore populations in Europe. Report to European Commission.
  • Sand, H., Liberg, O. & Chapron, G. 2014. Beskattning av den svenska vargpopulationen 2015. Report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. 15 p.
  • Camarra, J.J., Sentilles, J., Bombillon, N., Chapron, G., & Quenette, P.Y. 2014. Vingt ans de suivi (1993-2012) de la population d’ours brun des Pyrénées: bilan et perspectives. Faune Sauvage 302(1): 30-37.Kaczensky, P., Chapron, G., Von Arx, M., Huber, D., Andrén, H. & Linnell, J. 2013. Status, management and distribution of large carnivores - bear, lynx, wolf and wolverine - in Europe. 272 p. Report to the EU Commission. Part 1 and Part 2 .
  • Aber, B., Callas, R. Chapron, G. and 25 more co-authors. 2013. Restoration of wolverines: Considerations for translocation and post-release monitoring. 51 p. Report by the Wildlife Conservation Society, USA.
  • Chapron, G., Andrén, H., Sand, H. & Liberg, O. 2012. Demographic Viability of the Scandinavian Wolf Population. 56 p. Report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Liberg, O., Sand, H., Wabakken, P. & Chapron, G. 2011. Illegal killing of wolves in Scandinavia 1998 – 2011: variation in space and time. 24 p. Report to World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF – Sweden.
  • Chapron, G. & Persson, J. 2011. What is a viable wolverine population in Sweden? Some answers with hierarchical state-space models. 9 p. Report to Rovdjursutredningen.
  • Persson, J. & Chapron, G. 2011. The effect of harvest on population growth of the Swedish wolverine population. 10 p. Report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Liberg, O., Chapron, G. & Sand, H. 2011. Harvest estimates for the Swedish wolf population 2012. 25 p. Report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Sand, H., Liberg, O., Chapron, G. 2011. How many wolves can we expect to spontaneously immigrate during the period 2010-2014 based on past years experience and wolf population development in Finland and Russian Karelia? 33 p. Report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Liberg, O., Sand, H., Chapron, G., Forslund, P., Ahlqvist, P. & Ängsteg, I. 2010. Regulating harvest of the Swedish wolf population and translocation of immigrating wolves to improve the genetic status of the population. 37 p. Report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Liberg, O., Sand, H., Forslund, P., Chapron, G. 2010. Harvest estimates for the Swedish wolf population 2011. 25 p. Report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Andrén, H., Svensson, L., Liberg, O., Hensel, H., Hobbs, N.T. & Chapron, G. 2010. The Swedish lynx population 2009-2010 and forecast for 2011-2012. 30 p. Report from Viltskadecenter and Grimsö forskningsstation, SLU.

Popular science

Open access computer programs and websites


Completed or ongoing dissertations:

  • Geir-Rune Rauset at SLU: Linking demography and habitat in a wolverine population. Successfully defended in March 2013.
  • Örjan Johansson at SLU: Spatial ecology of snow leopards in Mongolia. Completion expected in 2015.
  • Lucile Marescot at CNRS Montpellier (France): Dynamics and re-colonization of elusive populations: the wolf case in the French Alps. Successfully defended in December 2012.


  • 2009-2010-2011-2012-2013: Coordinator of the course “Wildlife Biology” (BI-0872) at SLU Grimsö (10 weeks every year).
  • 2006: Various teaching duties in Ecology at Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France (20 hours).
  • 2005: Coordinator of the course “Introduction to Ecology” at Université de Troyes, France (15 h).
  • 2004/2005: Lecturer (ATER) in ecology at Université d’Angers, France (96 h of teaching).
  • 2003/2004: Lecturer (ATER) in ecology at Université d’Angers, France (96 h of teaching).

Grimsö Wildlife Research Station - SLU

I am based at the Grimsö Wildlife Research Station where we focus on wildlife management and conservation biology. Our research objectives vary from basic research to applied management questions. We apply and distribute new ecological information to increase the possibility of preserving biological diversity and a sustainable utilization of wildlife and forest resources. We also inform and educate at many levels in all these subjects. The Grimsö Wildlife Research Station was founded in 1974 as an ecological research station. In 1992, Grimsö became a section of the Department of Conservation Biology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU. The Swedish Wildlife Damage Center is also located at Grimsö. The Wildlife Damage Center informs and educates authorities and farmers about damages on livestock and crops caused by protected wildlife.



Grimsö Forskningsstation
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
73091 Riddarhyttan

E-mail: guillaume.chapron@slu.se

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