Death of our colleague and friend, Frederic Diaz

Last Sunday, Frederic Diaz, Senior Lecturer at the MIO, CYBELE team, left us suddenly. This is a terrible news that affects us all. We have lost a friend, an exemplary colleague, and a leading teacher-researcher.
Frédéric's students are preparing a tribute that will take place on Friday morning, at 10am on the Océanomed square, to which we are all invited.
Our thoughts are with his wife and his three children and we support them in this terrible ordeal.
A tribute from MIO will be paid to him on the site very soon.


Christos Panagiotopoulos (CEM) will support his HDR on March 15, 2021.

The defense will be done in video at 2:30 pm
Director: Richard Sempéré, CNRS Research Director

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Meeting ID: 921 3644 9128
Passcode: 79791

Mar Benavides receives the 2021 Bronze Medal of the CNRS

Our colleague Mar Benavides, IRD Research Associate, CYBELE team, has been awarded the 2021 Bronze Medal of the CNRS ! This is an important recognition of the excellence of her work. The whole staff of the MIO sends her warm congratulations !


Morgan Godard (EMBIO) will defend his thesis on Friday, March 12 at 2:00 pm in distance

On the following topic :

"Characterization of the feeding behavior of the elephant seal Mirounga leonina and links with sub-mesoscale (1-10km) physical structures in the Southern Ocean: a functional data analysis approach".
Thesis Director: David Nerini, AMU Lecturer


Webinar - Discovering the unexplored deep marine environment

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. During this REINFORCE webinar, Séverine Martini (MIO) explained how pelagic organisms give light to deep-sea environments. Watch the webinar again !

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development 2021

Emilie Strady and Xavier Mari will represent the MIO during two side events proposed by France and Japan in the frame of the 8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (8th APFSD; and taking place virtually from Thailand on March 23-26, 2021. The theme of the 8th APFSD is "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific".

2nd scientific meeting of the ANR JCJC CONTAMPUMP project "Plankton: biological pump of contaminants in marine ecosystems" organized at the MIO

The objective of the project is to improve the understanding of trophic transfers of contaminants (metals, Hg, MeHg, PCBs, pesticides, PAHs, alkanes) between water, plankton and planktonophages through transdisciplinary (biology, ecology, chemistry, modeling) and multi-tool approaches.

François Houllier reappointed as head of Ifremer for a new term of office

François Houllier is reappointed head of Ifremer for a new term in the Council of Ministers on February 17, 2021.

On the proposal of the Ifremer Board of Directors, which met on December 10, 2020, François Houllier has just been officially appointed by decree President and CEO of Ifremer for the next 5 years.

Mission of studies in high mountains with the MIO and the IMBE


In partnership with their Marseille counterparts at IMBE, researchers from the MIO laboratory at the University of Toulon are studying the role of dissolved organic carbon on the ecology of the rope lake. Classified as a "sentinel", this ecosystem sensitive to climate change could foreshadow future ocean changes.

2020 assessment of the state of the fish populations fished in France

How are the fish populations fished in France in 2020? Are their demographics in good shape or are they at the bottom of the wave? Is the renewal of generations of fish assured, and are the ecosystems to which they belong sufficiently productive and healthy for the waters frequented by our fishermen to continue to be sustainably full of fish, today and tomorrow?