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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Photo-a-Day : Reef Services

March 2018 | Contact : Valeriano Parravicini

In March, a team of researchers and PhD students will come together on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia, for Reef Services’ first major research mission... read more

Photo of the Month

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Reason for Hope : Acroporid corals in the Gambiers

Aug/Sept 2018 | Photographer : Jordan Casey

In many places around French Polynesia and the Pacific, acroporid corals used to be the foundation of coral reefs. Their spectacular structures were home to extraordinary biodiversity, including hundreds of species of fish and invertebrates. .... read more


In the Community

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Modelling Wave Amplification and Erosion (MAEVA)

October 2018 | Emmanuel Dormy (CNRS/ENS)

In July, Emmanuel Dormy, researcher from the CNRS at ENS came to Moorea to install , with the help of engineers of CRIOBE, two new probes devoted to wave measurements (OSSI Wave Gauge Blue, allowing continuous 4Hz pressure recordings), on the north and south coast of the Moorea island. This is a part of the Maeva project that seeks to better understand waves that are generated by extreme weather conditions...read more