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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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

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