About Us


CRIOBE is one of France’s preeminent laboratories for the study of coral reef ecosystems.

The CRIOBE 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 (UPVD) in the south of France and the CRIOBE research station located on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia.

Specifically, scientists at the CRIOBE focus on the following three principle areas of research:
1. Molecular Genetics. An integrative approach for the study of coral reefs.
2. Biology of populations, chemical ecology and ecosystem interactions on coral reefs.
3. Function and governance of socio-ecosystems.

Since 2011, the CRIOBE has provided leadership for the Laboratory of Excellence ‘CORAIL’ which unites 9 institutions and 4 universities from France and it’s overseas territories.

HISTORY

CRIOBE was established in 1971 by France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). It began as a modest research station on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia. Since this time, CRIOBE has evolved and grown considerably. Today, CRIOBE is a world class research centre with two locations: Moorea, French Polynesia and the University of Perpignan in the south of France.

EDUCATION

The CRIOBE delivers graduate level courses and offers both Masters and Doctorate degrees. The Masters programs are offered through the EPHE or UPVD. The research-based Doctoral program, similarly, is offered through either the EPHE or UPVD, or a combination of the two.

The CRIOBE is under the direction of Dr Serge Planes.