Congratulations to Amonda El Houssainy (CEM team) who defended her thesis on 02 October 2020.

Defense scheduled for October 2, 2020 at 14H in the Commission Room of the IUT - Bat A (Toulon Campus).
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Title : Contributions and sedimentary geochemistry of metallic trace elements in two urbanized Mediterranean coastal areas : Beirut (Lebanon) and Toulon (France)
Mrs. Elbaz-Poulichet Françoise, Research Director, University of Montpellier, Rapporteur

New autonomous robots to better observe the ocean

Winner of the first wave of the EQUIPEX call for projects "Equipments of Excellence" launched as part of the "Grand emprunt", the NAOS (Novel Argo Observing System) project co-piloted by Ifremer and Sorbonne University held its final meeting on September 17.  The project received 8 million euros in funding from the French National Research Agency and ran from 2011 to 2020: 10 years of development that have enabled France and Europe to acquire a new generation of autonomous Argo robots capable of meeting the future challenges of ocean observation.

The MIO partner of Festival Lumexplore 2020 !


The MIO is this year partner of the Lumexplore Festival which takes place in La Ciotat from 17 to 20 September 2020.
Stéphanie Jacquet and Olivier Pringault will have the MIO stand to present the laboratory and the profession of oceanographic researcher. The stand will be run in partnership with Expédition 7e continent, whose ship will call at La Ciotat during the festival.

VVP test in seafront of Marseille

The study of vertical velocities is a necessity to better understand the fine scale dynamics of the ocean, and in particular its impact on biogeochemistry. However the in situ measurement of vertical velocities is a real challenge, due to their low intensity (~ mm.s-1), and the ephemeral nature of fine scale structures (1-10days).

Vincent Fauvelle (CEM), successful in a competition for a Research Fellow at IRD

After a PhD at the EPOC-LPTC laboratory, Vincent Fauvelle worked at the University of the West Indies and the University of Queensland in Australia on the analysis and behaviour of emerging pesticides in continental and coastal hydrosystems. Today his research project is focused on the fate of additives contained in plastics (phthalates, bisphenol) at the continent-ocean interface in Vietnam.
With the success of his research project at the IRD (CSS1), Vincent will integrate the MIO, within the CEMteam

Sévérine Martini (EMBIO), winner of a competition for Research Fellow at CNRS

After studying at the University of Aix-Marseille and an ERASMUS semester at the University of Lund (Sweden), Sévérine Martini defended her thesis at the MIO at the end of 2013 on the theme: "Bioluminescence, a proxy of biogeochemical activity in deep environments? Laboratory and in situ study of bioluminescence in relation to environmental variables". During her work, she juggled between statistical analyses of time series recorded at the ANTARES site in the Mediterranean and laboratory experiments with a bioluminescent bacterial strain.

Congratulations to Nicolas Layglon (CEM) who defended his thesis on September 3, 2020 in Toulon.

On the following topic :
"Behaviour of metallic trace elements during the resuspension of contaminated sediments in coastal areas
Under the direction of
✞Cédric GARNIER, Senior Lecturer, University of Toulon, Co-Director
Stéphane MOUNIER, Senior Lecturer, University of Toulon, Co-Director
Véronique LENOBLE, Senior Lecturer, University of Toulon, Co-Director
Benjamin MISSON, Senior Lecturer, University of Toulon, Co-supervisor

before a jury composed of

MIO: September 2020

Dear colleagues,

I hope you all had a good rest during this summer vacation. The national and international situation COVID-19 is still fragile and as you can imagine, we must remain mobilized in the face of the crisis.

OceanTalk with Frédéric Le Moigne

Frédéric Le Moigne has been awarded the 2020 Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award for the Division of Ocean Sciences and he agreed to be interviewed for our first blog post on the new Ocean Sciences blog.

Frédéric can you tell us about your background and education?

Light on the biological pump: impact of bioluminescence

In the ocean, sunlight gradually decreases in the first few hundred meters, then darkness becomes total. In this dark environment, one of the least known biomes on the planet, many organisms emit their own light: bioluminescence.

In this review, the authors of the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanology (MIO) have brought together all current knowledge and put forward a new vision of the role of bioluminescence in the carbon cycle, shaking up currently accepted paradigms.