In the Community

February 2019
LabEX CORAIL Renewed until 2025!
contact | Emilie Boissin (EPHE)

In early February, the LabEx CORAIL (of which the CRIOBE is a member) received excellent news: an international jury and an official communication from the Prime Minister confirmed the renewal of the LabEx CORAIL.

On February 1st, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe officially announced his decision to extend the LabEx (laboratories of excellence) CORAIL for five years. The LabEx CORAIL is one of the 103 LabEx-es that were renewed this term (11 were not), representing a financial commitment of € 444 million by the State.

October 2018
Modelling Wave Amplification and Erosion (MAEVA)
contact | 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 (tropical cyclones or severe tropical storms) and their impact on coral reefs and is a collaboration between scientists from several French institutions (CNRS, CRIOBE, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sorbonne Université, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer, Ifremer, Meteo-France). To read more about the Maeva project, please visit The two probes were funded by Ilico (Seashore and coastal research infrastructure).

August 2018
CRIOBE research team wins Skye Instrument's 'Coral Competition'
contact | Suzanne Mills

In August, CRIOBE's Suzanne Mills (EPHE) and her research team won the Coral Competition - a competition led by SKYE Instruments, a UK-based company that has been in business for more than 35 years and seeks to use its success to help coral ecosystems however it can. Through the Coral Competition, Skye Instruments awards successful applicants with scientific instruments worth up to £5000 to support research that will help us to better understand the world we live in.

The winning project, 'Artificial night light pollution on Nemo reproduction' will use the new equipment to measure the impact of light pollution on clownfish. This project will be one of the first to determine the impact of artificial light at night on a coral reef fish in the wild and will demonstrate the impacts of real-life light pollution scenarios on fish reproduction.

The project is set to launch in November 2018, when Mills and her team will test the equipment and underwater lights and will begin fieldwork, which will be based at the CRIOBE in Moorea, French Polynesia.

Prize :
Skye Equipment's Underwater LUX Sensor, the SpectroSense 2, a GPS and a handheld logging meter

Masters Opportunity :
Dr Mills will be advertising for a Masters student to join the project during the 2019 January-June field season. Please contact Dr Mills for further information.

March 2018
The CRIOBE Welcomes Paopao College Students
contact | Cécile Berthe

In March, the CRIOBE welcomed students from Paopao College (middle school) 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 to the visiting and then invited them to participate in a variety of coral reef-related science activities. The Paopao students helped researchers measure the swimming capacity of larval clownfish in the CRIOBE wetlab, they played a game where they were asked to use their observation skills to identify different species of corals and lastly, they learned about who-eats who within the tropical marine food chain. We hope to host other classes from other local schools over the coming months to help inspire students to take an interest in science and in the natural world around them.