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Dr. Larba Hubert Balima

Dr. Labra H. Balima - male
Foto: Labra Huberg Balima


University of Potsdam
Biodiversity Research /Systematic Botany
Maulbeerallee 1. R. 2.11
14469 Potsdam

Phone: 0049 (0)331 17686471867

E-Mail: larba.balima@uni-potsdam.de





2nd Affiliation:

University Joseph Ki-Zerbo /

Laboratory of Plant Biology and Ecology, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso




Dr. Labra H. Balima - male
Foto: Labra Huberg Balima

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Research Interests

  • Dynamics and productivity of West African savannas
  • Interface biodiversity-ecosystem functioning-ecosystem services
  • Effects of land use change and climate change on ecosystem services




2007-2010: Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2011-2013: Master’s degree in Botany and Plant Ecology, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

2016-2020: PhD in Plant Biology and Ecology / Biodiversity and climate change





  • Ouoba F, Balima LH, Talkibing HY, Barro D (2023). Geospatial modelling of forest carbon stocks in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Advances and Applications in Statistics, 89(2), 203–225. http://dx.doi.org/10.17654/0972361723058;
  • Sanogo K, Balima LH, Bayala J, van Noordwijk M, Gebrekirstos A (2023). Climate variability impacts on growth of African grape (Lannea microcarpa Engl & K. Krause) in West Africa. Dendrochronologia / Elsevier 81. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2023.126131
  • Balima LH, Zerbo I, Bayen P, Kiemtoré H, Ganamé M, Cissé M, Thiombiano A, (2023). Higher diversity, denser stands and greater biomass in peri-urban forests than in the adjacent agroforestry systems in Western Burkina Faso: implications for urban sustainability. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 195 (1077). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-023-11707-7
  • Sanou CL, Neya O, Agodzo SK, Antwi-Agyei P, Bessah E, Belem M, Balima LH (2023). Trends and impacts of climate change on crop production in Burkina Faso. Journal of Water and Climate Change. https://doi.org/10.2166/wcc.2023.137.
  • Balima LH, Nacoulma BMI, Da SS, Ouédraogo O, Dodiomon S, Thiombiano A (2022). Impacts of climate change on the distribution of African oak tree (Afzelia africana Sm.) in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Heliyon / Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e08688;
  • Balima LH,Kouamé NF, Bayen P, Ganamé M, Nacoulma BMI, Thiombiano A, Soro D (2021). Influence of climate and forest attributes on aboveground carbon storage in Burkina Faso. Journal Envrionmental Challenges / Elsevier.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envc.2021.100123;
  • Ganamé M, Bayen P, Ouédraogo I, Balima LH, Thiombiano A (2021). Allometric models for improving aboveground biomass prediction in West African Savanna ecosystems. Trees, Forests and People / Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tfp.2021.100077;
  • Stein K, Coulibaly D, Balima LH, Goetze D, Linsenmair KE, Porembski S, Stenchly K, Panagiotis Theodorou P (2020). Plant-pollinator networks in savannas of Burkina Faso, West Africa. Journal Diversity / MDPI. https://doi.org/10.3390/d13010001;
  • Coulibaly D, Tuo Y, Koné M, Balima LH, Konaté S. Linsenmair KE, Porembski S, Goetze D, Stein K (2020).Savanna woody plants and their provision of food resources to bees in southern Burkina Faso, West Africa. Journal of Forest and Landscape Research. https://doi.org/10.13141/jflr.v5i1.2436.
  • Balima LH, Nacoulma BMI, Bayen P, Kouamé NF, Thiombiano A (2020). Agricultural land uses reduce plant biodiversity and carbon storage in tropical West African savanna ecosystems: implications for sustainability. Global Ecology and Conservation / Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00875;
  • Balima LH, Gebrekirstos A, Nacoulma BMI, Kouamé NF, Thiombiano A, Bräuning A (2020). Life-span growth dynamics and xylem anatomical patterns of diffuse-porous Afzelia africana Sm. (Fabaceae) in different ecological zones in Burkina Faso. Journal Dendrochronologia / Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2020.125752;
  • Balima LH, Nacoulma BMI, Bayen P, Dimobe K, Kouamé NF, Thiombiano A (2019). Aboveground biomass equations and distribution of carbon stocks of the African oak (Afzelia africana Sm.) in Burkina Faso. Journal of Forestry Research / Springer.https://doi.org/10.1007/s11676-019-00955-4;
  • Balima LH, Nacoulma BMI, Ekué MRM, Kouamé NF, Thiombiano A (2018). Use patterns, use values and management of Afzelia africana Sm. in Burkina Faso: implications for species domestication and sustainable conservation. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine / Springer. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13002-018-0221-z.