Mariia Petrova (CEM) will defend her thesis by videoconference on: Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 14:30 (Amphitheater OCEANOMED,).

On the following subject : :       

"Sources and processes governing mercury cycling in a changing Arctic Ocean"

Directeur de thèse : Bruno Hamelin, Professeur des Universités AMU

Co directeur : Lars Erich Heimburger-Boavida, Chargé de recherche CNRS

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Plankton, a key link in the transfer of contaminants within marine ecosystems

On November 3, 2020, the Press Conference, organized by the CNRS, was held on Mistrals: results of ten years of research in the Mediterranean. Among the interventions, Marc Tedetti from
MIO presented the results of the MERITE-HYPPOCAMPE cruise !

Find Marc Tedetti's slideshow in PDF format


Tonga mission - In search of Pacific submarine volcanoes

One year ago, 29 researchers embarked on the Atalanta to study the impact of shallow underwater volcanoes on Pacific marine life and climate.

The expedition, led by Sophie Bonnet (MIO IRD) and Cécile Guieu (LOV CNRS), is analyzing and studying the consequences of the contribution of trace elements from shallow hydrotermal sources to determine their potential impact on marine productivity and the biological carbon pump.


European Polar Program and White Papers on Polar Research

The European Polar Research Program has just been finalized.

It constitutes the major deliverable of the European project EU-PolarNet completed in June 2020, a project in which the CNRS and the French Polar Institute were partners on the French side, with the CNRS coordinating the "science" work package of the project.

The recommendations elaborated in this Program, also expressed in the white papers, should largely inspire the programming of polar research within the "Horizon Europe" framework program.

Congratulations to Mar Benavides (CYBELE team)

Mar Benavides, IRD researcher at the MIO, has been nominated for the fifth "Prix Départemental pour la Recherche en Provence" of the
Department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the "Young Researcher Prize" category. The prize will be awarded on 24 November 2020.

News of the PROTEVS-GIB 2020 campaign

The R/V L’Atalante has begun to sample the Strait of Gibraltar. In particular, a Moving Vessel Profiler MVP has been deployed, in order to perform hydrological measurements at a spatial resolution of 1 km. Indeed, the MVP is a towed vehicle, equipped with Conductivity, Temperature and   Depth   (CTD)   sensors.   It   is   able   to   measure   parameters   (temperature,   salinity   (fromconductivity), density and pressure) in the water column (from surface to approximately 300 m), at a vessel speed of 4-6 knots.


Launch of the GMOS-TRAIN project

During the week of 05 to 09 October, a first action of the MSCA ITN H2020 GMOS-TRAIN project ( was launched under the responsibility of Lars Eric Heimburger-Boavida  with a hands-on training of the PhD students of the marine work package. All participants were trained in clean sampling techniques, mercury species measurements and incubation experiments.

IRD: Frédéric Ménard appointed Overseas Scientific Advisor

Frédéric Ménard is an IRD research director at the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography in Marseille (UMR MIO). He conducts research on the functioning of tropical marine ecosystems in the context of global change: food webs, fishing and biodiversity; large pelagic predatory fish and the vulnerability of coastal ecosystems.
It is a member of several scientific councils and committees.
Frédéric Ménard was Director of the IRD's OCEANS Department from 2015 to 2020.