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

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

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

New Publication in Coral Reefs

27 January 2020 | Contact : Simon BRANDL

Ecological niches hold critical information concerning the eco-evolutionary dynamics that govern biodiversity and abundance patterns. Cryptobenthic reef fishes account for approximately half of all reef fish species and are an abundant and important group on coral reefs worldwide. Yet, due to their small size and inconspicuous lifestyles, relatively little is known about the ecological niches of most cryptobenthic species.... Read more

Under the Pole

21 Juin 2019 | Under the Pole, DEEPHOPE | Photo by Frank Gazzola | Sharing the space, something that animals are often better at than humans.