The CRIOBE - Centre for Island Research and Environmental Observatory - is one of France’s preeminent laboratories for the study of coral reef ecosystems. It is a research laboratory with more than 70 staff, including academic professors, research scientists and administrative and technical personnel from three of France’s premiere research institutions - École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD) – that together form the CRIOBE USR 3278 research unit. The CRIOBE falls under the prestigious umbrella of the PSL (Paris Sciences & Letters) Research University.

CRIOBE’s activities span multiple disciplines : ecology, conservation biology, genetics, chemistry and anthropology and its laboratories are spread across two main campuses : the University of Perpignan in the south of France and the CRIOBE research station located on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia. ...more

In the Field

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PhD Project : Reef Services

January 2019 | Contact : Jérémy Carlot

Jérémy Carlot is a PhD student at the CRIOBE and he is investigating the role of coral reefs in protecting Pacific islands. Jeremy is co-supervised by Dr. Valeriano Parravicini (EPHE) and Dr. Laetitia Hédouin (CNRS). The coral reefs that surround many of the islands in the Pacific protect coasts from powerful ocean waves. The larger and more complex the reef barrier is in terms of its structure, the more it reduces wave energy. However, with global warming now a reality, corals are dying at unprecedented rates ... read more

Photo of the Month

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Îles Éparses, Indian Ocean

April 2019 | Photographer : Ricardo Beldade

The photos presented in this edition of 'Photo of the Month' were taken in the Indian Ocean, from the Îles Éparses, where CRIOBE's Suzanne Mills and Ricardo Beldade and their international colleagues are working to better understand how populations will cope in response to climate change and to determine what measures need to be put in place to improve the chances that populations will survive.. .... read more


In the Community

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CRIOBE publication featured in Hakai Magazine

Mai 2019 | Photo by D. Parer & E. Parer-Cook/Minden Pictures

A recent publication by Lauric Thiault, Postdoctoral Fellow at the CRIOBE currently based at James Cook University in Australia, is featured in the 16 May 2019 issue of Hakai Magazine : Coastal Sciences and Studies... Read the article

Under the Pole

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January 2019 | Under the Pole, DEEPHOPE | Being capable of diving as deep as -174m does not come overnight. It takes years of preparation & experience building. So if you want to understand how our deep diver Julien Leblond got there and became Ghislain Bardout's dive buddy on the DeepHope Program, click here. Copyright Aldo Ferrucci / Under The Pole