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Research director


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)



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MNHN Paris


Team 2: Reproduction and development of aquatic organisms: evolution, adaptation, regulations

Research axis/workshop

Transversal axe Migration and Dispersion
Transversal axe Global Change
Transversal axe Communication & Perception
OHM Port Caraïbe Observatory
Workshop Cell Culture
Workshop Functional Genomics
Anguilla anguilla

Research topics

Comparative and Evolutionary Neuroendocrinology:

  • Molecular and functional evolution of neuroendocrine systems;
  • Roles of neuroendocrine systems in the structure, plasticity and evolution of life cycles;
  • Neuroendocrinology and ecophysiology of puberty and metamorphosis

Non-conventional aquatic models (mainly teleosts, and also chrondrosts, molluscs, cnidaria) of biological, phylogenetic, ecological or economic relevance. Field and laboratory investigations.

Basic research with applications to: aquaculture, biodiversity conservation, ecotoxicology and endocrine disruptors.


Chair Professor, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung, Taiwan : Comparative and Evolutionary Endocrinology

Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of the Research Unit BOREA, MNHN, CNRS 7208, IRD 207, UPMC, UCN, UA (2007-present)
  • Scientific Council of the Institute of Ecology and Environnement (INEE) of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) (2011-present)
  • Scientific Council of the Department of Physiology (Phase), National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) (2007-present)
  • Scientific Council of the French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB) (2017-present)
  • Scientific Council of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) (2006-2015)

Expertise and Valorization

Research Grants for Aquaculture and Biodiversity Conservation (List since 2012):

  • European Community: 7th PCRD: PRO-EEL (eel); Life+ Alosa (shad); ITN IMPRESS (eel,salmon, sturgeon); Erasmus; COST Aquagamete
  • ANR:  France Taiwan PUBERTEEL (eel); France-Taiwan NEMO (eel, mollusks, coral); France-Quebec: Immorteel (eel);  France: Saltemp (salmon);
  • Global Networking Talents (Taiwan-France-UK); GDRI Coral; GDR Repro
  • Sorbonne Universities: Convergence : MADREPOP (medaka); DESYNCHRO (salmon)

Expertise for conservation of aquatic biodiversity :

  • International Scientific  Council for Conservation of Loire Salmon population, Ministry of Environment
  • MNHN committee for CITES expertise of the eel, Ministry of Environment