Graduate, Academy Montpellier, France, 1970. Master of Science, University Montpellier, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Montpellier, 1977.
Doctor of Science, University Paris, 1986.
Maitre-assistant, Catholic U., Lyon, France, 1979-1986; lecturer, Catholic U., Lyon, France, 1986-1987; professor, Catholic U., Lyon, France, since 1987; dean science faculty, Catholic U., Lyon, France, since 1997; director, Ecole Pratique Hautes Etudes, Lyon, France, since 1991.
Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, French Herpetological Society (general secretary 1991-1997), Zoological Society.France, Societas Europaea Herpetologica, New York Academy Sciences.
Married Pascale Pionchon, September 16, 1978. Children: Philippe, Jean-François.