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Research Unit BOREA : Biology of Aquatic Organisms and Ecosystems

The Research Unit BOREA « Biology of Aquatic Organisms and Ecosystems » aims at investigating evolutionary biology and ecology of aquatic organisms. The objective is to understand the origin, the role and the evolutionary mechanisms of aquatic biodiversity (from molecules to ecosystems) and to contribute predicting the responses to global, anthropogenic and climatic, changes.

A large array of biological models are studied, including micro-organisms (bacteria and diatoms) and metazoa (such as cnidaria, annelids, molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, chondrychthyans, teleosts, …). Models are chosen for their phylogenetic position, biological cycle, ecological and economic relevance.

Recent papers

  1. Riera E, Lamy D, Goulard C, et al. (2018) Biofilm monitoring as a tool to assess the efficiency of artificial reefs as substrates: Toward 3D printed reefs. Ecological Engineering 120:230 - 237. doi:
    PDF icon 2018.Riera et al.pdf (597.83 KB)
  2. Perga M-E, Danger M, Dubois S, et al. (2018) Strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of French research in trophic ecology. Comptes Rendus Biologies -. doi:
    PDF icon 1-s2.0-S1631069118300830-main-2.pdf (2.34 MB)

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