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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At night gray reef sharks hunt in a pack

April/May 2018| Photographer : Laurent Ballesta

The May 2018 issue of National Geographic Magazine features Laurent Ballesta's photographic work on the Fakarava Pass during the GOMBESSA II and IV projects. In collaboration with CRIOBE's Johann Mourier .... read more


In the Community

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The CRIOBE Welcomes Paopao Students

March 2018 | Contact : Cécile Berthe

In March, the CRIOBE welcomed students from Paopao College for a morning of coral reef science and discovery. As part of a series of events planned by CRIOBE in 2018 to celebrate the IYOR, several of CRIOBE’s graduate students presented their research read more