Understanding the ecological mechanisms driving early life history stages is fundamental to elucidate the processes that facilitate the replenishment of coral populations. This is particularly important in the context of the current degradation of coral reefs around the globe.
Our goal is to identify the key players (from organisms to molecules) influencing coral recruitment with the aim to aid reef recovery and sustain ecosystem resilience.
Our consortium runs different projects on coral reef ecology and restoration that touch upon various disciplines such as ecology, microbiology, genetic and metabolomics.
December 2021 | Last Acropora spawning month | The CoralMates team seeks to identify algal chemical compounds playing a role in coral larval settlement... read more
November 2021 | World Science Day at CRIOBE | The CoralMates team introduces coralline algae to middle school pupils and the general public... read more
October 2021 | Spawning season 2021 up and running | The CoralMates team studies the importance of bacterial biofilm communities for coral settlement... read more
September 2021 | Genetic characterisation of crustose coralline algae | This month, the CoralMates team is collecting CCA specimens at several sites around the island of Moorea... read more
July 2021 | ICRS 2021 commences | The 14th International Coral Reef Symposium has opened its virtual doors... read more
July 2021 | New paper in Scientific Reports links coral larval settlement preferences with the microbiome and metabolome of crustose coralline algae... read more
April 2021 | Coral larvae on the move: Algal effects on larval swimming behaviour | Pierre-Louis Rault joined the CoralMates team to study the effects of algal exudates on the behaviour of coral larvae... read more
December 2020 | Chloé invited to talk about her PhD thesis on France Culture (French only)... read more
November 2020 | New paper in Coral Reefs shows that low-oxygen environments can negatively affect the early life stages of corals... read more
October 2020 | Acropora spawning took off at the CRIOBE station | The CoralMates team launched several experiments... read more
September 2020 | New paper in Coral Reefs shows that not all species of crustose coralline algae are beneficial to young corals. Congrats to lead author Dr. Jorissen... read more
August 2020 | Does distance from macroalgae matter to coral larvae? | Chloé and Hugo have launched an experiment to answer this exciting question... read more
July 2020 | On-going experiments in the water and coral larvae | Chloé and Hugo have launched a second field experiment and are setting up coral larval behavioral tests... read more
June 2020 | Congratulations Dr. Hendrikje Jorissen! ǀ Hendrikje successfully defended her PhD thesis using videoconference on June 26th... read more
May 2020 | Wet again after 2-month pause due to COVID-19 | Chloé and Hugo who stayed at the CRIOBE station despite the COVID-19 can carry on fieldwork again... read more
March 2020 | ICRS 2020 postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 | Session on coralline algae also postponed... read more
December 2019 | TURBOCORAIL field experiment launched! | Fabio returns home after a successful fieldtrip to Moorea manipulating sea urchin densities and experimenting with algal spores... read more
October 2019 | International Coral Reef Symposium | ICRS2020 | Bremen, Germany | Maggy is co-chairing a session at ICRS... read more
Grant no. ANR-18-CE02-0009