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.

AMU INFO Newsletter from the President of Aix-Marseille University to the whole university community

The academic year is coming to an end, with summer holidays looming in the next few days. This year will have been marked both by many changes - first and foremost by the installation of a new governance - by many successes in the framework of the IAP - financing of the PANORAMA, AMPIRIC, SFRI and IDEA projects - and by our rhythms, deeply shaken by the health crisis. Unfortunately, this crisis is not over. By decree, the wearing of barrier masks is now compulsory for all in enclosed spaces as soon as the distance of one metre cannot be respected between two people.

The Arctic Ocean exports mercury to the Atlantic Ocean

Several mercury assessments carried out by different teams indicate that there would be a net export of mercury from the Arctic to the Atlantic, via Fram Strait, the only deep link between these two oceans. However, these estimates were too approximate because they were not based on observations.

Six objectives to reinforce our positive trajectory

Editorial by Valérie Verdier, President and Chief Executive Officer

Oceans, a multidisciplinary research priority for the CNRS

The oceans are at the heart of the political and scientific agendas of the coming years. With more than 2,000 ocean-related researchers in some 50 laboratories, the CNRS is mobilizing at all levels of action.

The MIO wishes an excellent retirement to Pascal Douillet, IRD research officer of the OPLC team.

Pascal Douillet's retirement party went very well on Thursday, July 9 from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. About fifty people from the IRD center and outside the IRD were present, everyone had put on his best Hawaiian shirt.

Pascal appreciated the different surprises that were prepared for him:

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The Mediterranean Institute of Oceanology is now on LinkedIn.

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Congratulations to Rémi Pages (OPLC) who defended his thesis by videoconference and in the Océanomed amphitheatre on Friday 19 June 2020

On the following topic:
"Study of the impact of climate change and terrigenous nutrient inputs on the biogeochemical functioning of the Mediterranean Sea using coupled physical/biogeochemical modelling".
Thesis Director: Melika Baklouti, Professor AMU
Co-director: Thierry Moutin, Professor AMU
Abstract :

Tribute to Jean-Claude Romano

Dear colleagues,