Bernard SALVAT

Professeur honoraire
École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)

CRIOBE - Perpignan
CRIOBE - USR3278- PSL Université Paris - EPHE-CNRS-UPVD
Laboratoire d’Excellence “CORAIL”
Bâtiment R-CBETM
58 Avenue Paul Alduy
66860 Perpignan CEDEX

Tel: +33 (0) 6 16 94 47 35

Domaines de Recherche:

  • Structure et fonctionnement des récifs coralliens.
  • Gestion intégrée des zones côtières intertropicales, espace et ressources.
  • Aires marines protégées et gouvernance.
  • Biogéographie des mollusques en Polynésie française.
  • Evolution morphologique des atolls, Holocène récent et prédictions cf changements globaux
  • Etudes des effets d’événements météo-marins cataclysmiques passés sur les atolls
  • Recherches archéologiques sur les marae en Polynésie.

Sélection de Publications

Most important papers can be downloaded on Researchgate

  • 308 - The marae of Taputapuātea (Ra’iatea, Society Islands) in 2016: nature, age and origin of coral erected stones. Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 149, p. 281-300 (Salvat B., Maric T., Goepfert T., Eisenhauer A.).
  • 307 - New insights into the Holocene development history of a Pacific, low-lying coral reef island: Takapoto Atoll, French Polynesia. Quarternary Science Reviews , 2019, 223, 105947, p. 1-17. (Montaggioni L.F., Salvat B., Aubanel A., Pons-Branchu E., Martin-Garin B., Dapoigny A., Gianella L.).
  • 306 - Morphology of fore-reef slopes and terraces, Takapoto Atoll (Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, central Pacific): the tectonic, sea-level and coral-growth control. Marine Geology, 2019, 416, 106027, p. 1-16. (Montaggioni L.F., Collin A., Salvat B., Martin-Garin B., Siu G., Taiarui M., Chancerelle Y).
  • 305 - Long-term shoreline monitoring on a coral reef island (Moorea, French Polynesia). Ocean and Coastal Management, 2019, 180, 104928 (Moussa R.M., Gache C., Fogg L., Frédéric Bertucci F., Calandra M., Collin A., James D., Aubanel A., Polti S., Benet A., Berthe C., Chancerelle Y., Salvat B., Galzin R., Planes S., Lecchini D.)
  • 301 - Recherches sur l’atoll de Takapoto, Tuamotu, Polynésie française. Programmes et travaux publiés. Bulletin de la Société des Etudes Océaniennes, Papeete, Tahiti, 2018, 343, p. 68-82. (Salvat B.)
  • 298 - Mode and timing of windward reef-island accretion in relation with Holocene sea-level change, a case study from Takapoto Atoll, French Polynesia.
  • 296 - Understanding the interactions between shorelines changes and reef outer slope morphometry on Takapoto atoll (French Polynesia). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 85, 2018, p. 496-500. (Collin A., Duvat V., Pillet V., Salvat B., James D.)
  • 295 - Modelling the Response of Atoll Reef Islands to Multi-Millennial Sea Level Rise from the Last Glacial Maximum to the Coming 10kyr: the Case of Mururoa Atoll (Tuamotu, French Polynesia). Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 85, 2018, p. 16–20. (Le Cozannet, G.; Duvat, V.; Salvat, B., Etienne, S. ; Terorotua, H. ; Garcin, M. ; Lecacheux, S. ; and Montaggioni, L.)
  • 294 - Pleistocene mollusk assemblage in the slightly raised atoll lagoon of Niau (Tuamotu, French Polynesia) Paläeontologische Zeitschtft, 2018, 92, p. 411-424 (Salvat B., Tröndlé J., Letourneux)
  • 291 - Drivers of shoreline change in atoll reef islands of the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, Global Planetary Change 2017, 158, p. 134-154. (Duvat V., Salvat B., Salmon C.)
  • 290 - Biogéographie des mollusques marins de Polynésie française. Revue d’Ecologie (Terre et Vie) 2017, 72, 3, p. 215-257. (Salvat B. et J. Tröndlé)
  • 289 - Exploring social-ecological dynamics of a coral reef resource system using participatory modeling and empirical data. Marine Policy, 2017, 78, p. 90-97 (Leenhardt, P., Stelzenmüller, V., Pascal, N., Probst, W.N., Aubanel, A., Bambridge, T., Charles, M., Clua, E., Féral, F., Quinquis, B., Salvat, B., Claudet, J.)
  • 284 - Environnement marin des îles Australes, Polynésie française, 2015. Institut Récifs Coralliens Pacifique – CRIOBE, The Pew Charitable Trusts Polynésie française. ISBN 978-2-905630-08-7, EAN 9782905630087, Polynésie française, Tahiti, Papeete, p. 1-340 (Salvat B., Bambridge T., Tanret D., Petit J. éditeurs)
  • 283 - Thirty-year recovery of molluscs communities after nuclear experimentations on Fangataufa atoll (Tuamotu, French Polynesia). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 2015 282, 1810 : 20150750 – (Legendre P., Salvat B.)
  • 282 - On the occurrence of a widespread contamination by herbicides of coral reef biota in French Polynesia. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2016, 23, 1, p.49-60 (Salvat B., Roche H. et Ramade F.)
  • 275 - The rise of large-scale marine protected areas: Conservation or geopolitics ? Ocean and Coastal Management, 2013, 85, p. 112-118 (Leenhardt P., Cazalet B., Salvat B., Claudet J., Feral F.)
  • 271 - Coastal resource degradation in the tropics : Does the tragedy of the commons apply for coral reefs, mangrove forests and seagrass beds. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2012, 64, p. 1096-1105. (Wilkinson C. et B. Salvat)


Bernard SALVAT worked at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Perpignan. After having finished his undergraduate and Master's Degree at the University of Bordeaux, he did his PhD at the University of Sorbonne, Paris in 1967. His thesis, in the field of marine biology, was about the ecology of crustaceans of the French Atlantic sand beaches. He started to work on coral reefs in New Caledonia in the early 60's and became more involved in ecological coral reef research in French Polynesia where he founded a Research Station on Moorea « Centre de recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement » CRIOBE, the sister island of Tahiti. The laboratory has been associated with CNRS on coral reef research. He worked on coral reefs all over the world with special interest on interdisciplinary approaches linking natural and human sciences such as the Man and Biosphere Programme. In the 80's, he raised the interest of IUCN's Commission on Ecology on Coral Reef issues. He worked as scientific editor for many nature popular books concerning all French tropical overseas territories. Having participated in the International Symposium on Coral Reefs (held every four years) since 1969, he organised the fifth Symposium held in Tahiti in 1985. He is a former President of the International Society for Reef Studies (ISRS) and chaired the Coordinating and Planning Committee (CPC) of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) in 1999-2000. This informal Committee aims to make aware the Governments, GO's, NGO's, Development Banks and all stakeholders of the degradation coral reefs are facing and to achieve sustainable development of coral reef areas and their resources. He participated to the founding of the French Coral Reef Initiative (IFRECOR) in 2000 and worked until 2010 on its development in french overseas territories. He was scientific adviser of the regional coral reef program in the South Pacific, CRISP (2004-2008) which objective was to enhance knowledge, conservation and management of coral reefs in Pacific countries with the willingness to a political more integrated cooperation in the region. Since 2016, published papers on French Polynesia have focused on Marquesas and Austral Islands marine faunas, on the biogeography of molluscs, on the malacological fauna of the Pleistocene, on the morphological evolution of the atolls during the recent Holocene (building of atolls), on fore reef slopes and terraces related to past sea levels and coral growth control, on the present coral reef status and predictions of climate change, on marae archeological structures.

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