Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale IMBE - Marseille [FR]

Sunday 16 March 2014
by  Jean-Pierre FERAL
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The Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE, UMR Aix-Marseille University / CNRS 7263 / IRD 237 / Univ. Avignon) has been launched on Jan 1, 2012. IMBE originates from the fusion of the two institutes IMEP and DIMAR, with the addition of a research team (EA 1784) studying environment and health issues.
IMBE studies biological systems on land and in the ocean, with a particular interest in biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. The main goal is to improve conservation as well as the management of natural resources in the light of global change. IMBE’s more than 200 environmental scientists cover key areas of biodiversity, evolution, ecology, paleoecology and the human-environment relation (global ecology). Researchers use and develop approaches in basic and applied biology, including molecular biology and model development.

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Anne Chenuil, Researcher CNRS, is an evolutionary biologist specialized in marine population genetics, phylogeography, and phylogenetics. After working with continental organisms at the beginning of her carrier (plants, ants, freshwater fish) she mainly worked on several groups of marine invertebrates (mostly echinoderms, but also bivalves...) from both the Atlanto-Mediterrean region, and the Southern ocean. She has a strong interest the development of molecular tools for non model species. She revealed several complexes marine cryptic species and is interested in studying whether such sibling species are ecologically differentiated. She worked on inter-specific hybridizations, and she is interested in local adaptation. She is developing barcoding aspects and meta-community analyses in addition to phylogeography and population genetics of coralline algae and coralligenous dwelling invertebrates.

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Jean-Pierre Féral Emeritus Research Director CNRS, co-coordinator of PROTEKER [2011-2014], made a PhD of biological oceanography and is Docteur ès Sciences Naturelles (ecophysiology). He is Director of research at CNRS and co-director of the Human-Environment Observatory_Mediterranean Littoral [OHM-LM] , Marseille. His current research interests are: (i) the study of the origin, the maintenance and the erosion of biological diversity according to the environmental conditions and the dispersal capacities of the organisms, in continuous and insular marine ecosystems, (ii) to build hypotheses on processes of speciation in relation to the modes of development, thanks to population genetics, (iii) the phylogeography and phylogenetics, associated with the history of the oceanic basins which make it possible to test models of speciation and to propose scenarios of evolution of the biodiversity, on various time scales.
He is trained for scientific diving (CPS CNRS scientific diving chief), member of the French national committee for scientific diving - CNPS in which he represents the French Polar Institute and also representative of France in the MARSnetwaork European Scientific Diving Panel - ESDP, He chairs this committee since 2016..
CV | Google Scholar | Research Gate |

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Christian Marschal, Engineer at CNRS, is graduated at the Practical School of Advanced Studies (EPHE). He was professional (offshore) scaphander before to enter in the world of scientific research. He is in charge of the underwater installation of temperature loggers and of colonization plates. C. Marschal also teach these techniques.
He has also an important role filming seascapes and organisms underwater, then editing clips and short documentaries.


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Caroline Rocher, Engineer at CNRS was first working in the private sector as a technician in biochemistry (microbiological quality control). She integrated the CNRS in 2003, in molecular biology. She installed the molecular biology service of DIMAR and then of the IMBE. She is also involved in the training of MSc and PhD students as well as researchers who wants to use molecular biology techniques. She developed several protocols for marine organisms: DNA extractions, cloning, in situ hybridization, barcoding, etc...


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Marjorie Selva is Technician at CNRS for molecular biology. She joined Molecular Biology (MB) service at IMBE in 2012.
She is a molecular biology technician and has skills in extraction of DNA, PCR, cloning and microbiology.
She is also involved in the training of Master and PhD students as well as researchers who wants to use MB


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