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Fabrice Genevois

Ornithologist

Fabrice is a freelance biologist who lives amongst the volcanoes of Auvergne, a region in central France. His polar experience goes back as far as 1989, when he spent 18 months working as a field researcher of seabirds and marine mammals of the remote Kerguelen Islands, a French subantarctic territory. His detailed observations of the breeding behavior of the blue petrel led to the publication of many scientific papers, and his work was awarded with the Dîplome de l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in 1996 (La Sorbonne, Paris).
In 1992, Fabrice began working as field guide and lecturer, leading French groups in the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands. Since then, he has been deeply involved with polar tourism, leading groups to remote places in the Arctic and Antarctic. A biologist, he focuses his lectures on natural history, especially the biology and ecology of birds and mammals. For the past 17 years, Fabrice has been traveling extensively in the Polar Regions and is now familiar with remote destinations in the Arctic, such as the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the Canadian High Arctic (including Ellesmere Island), Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and the geographic North Pole. His expeditions in the deep south led him to the shores of the Ross and Weddell seas, the far side of Antarctica, the Amundsen and Bellingshausen seas, the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetlands, as well as most of the remote subantarctic islands of the Southern Ocean.
Fabrice is the author of The Animals of the Polar Regions (2004) and the co-author (together with Frank S. Todd) of the highly acclaimed Birds and Mammals of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean (2006), both in French.
When he is not traveling in the Polar Regions, Fabrice leads natural history trips to other places in the world, mainly in the Galapagos Islands, West Africa, South America and Polynesia. He also conducts field research on birds with Paris’s Museum of Natural History and spends time on his small farm with wife Veronique and their 2o children, Maud and Victor.