Scientific Officer, A Rocha France
Timothée Schwartz holds a PhD in ecology (specialising in animal population dynamics) from the EPHE (Ecole Pratique de Hautes Etudes – PSL University), as well as a forestry engineering degree from AgroParisTech. Originally from Orléans, he is passionate about nature and has been interested in ornithology for many years. During his initial studies, he gained international experience, notably in Germany, Guyana and Gabon, then in Ghana on the Climate Stewards project of A Rocha International. This cemented his decision to combine his faith and his passion for nature by joining the A Rocha France team in the Vallée des Baux.
Timothée has been leading A Rocha France’s science and conservation activities since 2008. Since 2020, he has also been the director of our Mas Mireille centre in the Vallée des Baux. The projects he leads are centred around the knowledge, management and protection of Provençal biodiversity, with numerous partners (Alpilles and Camargue Regional Nature Parks, Tour du Valat, Voies Navigables de France, Conservatoires d’Espace Naturel, etc.). Flagship projects include the study and conservation of the European roller, ecological monitoring in the Vallée des Baux, monitoring the migration of Barn swallows and the conservation and study of the Southern festoon (Diane in French), a threatened butterfly. He supervises numerous trainees, volunteers and interns every year.