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CRESCO - MNHN, Station de biologie marine de Dinard
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CRESCO - MNHN, Station de biologie marine de Dinard
Centre de Recherche et d’Enseignement sur les Systèmes Côtiers 38 rue du Port Blanc BP 70134
+33(0)2 23 18 58 88
+33 (0)2 23 18 58 80
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The Dinard Marine Biology Station at the National Museum of Natural History specializes in exploring marine ecosystems to understand the relationships between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and environmental pressures in the context of global change.
Since 1880, the Dinard marine biology station has been dedicated to inventories of the biodiversity of coastal marine environments. The work of illustrious scientists such as Edouard Fisher-Piette, Roger Heim or Robert Lami and Claude Levi is still a reference in the field of floro-faunistic inventories. In particular, an algae tree of more than 350 species, now kept at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, is an international reference for systematists. By founding marine biocenosis in the 1940s, researchers at the Dinard Marine Biology Station, such as Professor J.M. Peres, were among the pioneers of modern marine ecology. Following the construction of the Rance dam, intensive research has for the first time deciphered the mechanisms of colonization of a marine natural environment following a major disturbance.

Since the 2000s, the station has been focusing on a new component: migratory fish, particularly amphihalins, whose marine habitats are better known thanks to the implementation of a vast national program combining estuarine migration observation, habitat modelling, acoustic and satellite telemetry, otolithometry and population genetics.

Internationally renowned, CRESCO's scientists remain in touch with the field because the knowledge acquired is indeed a decision-making aid for local authorities, elected officials, administrations, etc. CRESCO's teams collaborate in particular on the national implementation of European framework directives. For the Water Framework Directive, Ifremer and the National Museum of Natural History work together on the regional coordination (from the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel to the Belgian border) of monitoring and analysis relating to the benthos of coastal water bodies. The Museum is responsible for the national implementation of biodiversity monitoring on behalf of the Ministry of Ecology in the context of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

The work focuses mainly on the Normandy-Breton Gulf - in collaboration with Ifremer - and more particularly the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel, the Chausey Archipelago and the tidal basin of the Rance, but also the Breton and Western French estuaries (Loire, Seine). The expertise also extends to tropical and polar ecosystems.

On the teaching side, every year CRESCO hosts field internships, on foot or in scuba diving, to discover the diversity of coastal environments and the social challenges in the Dinard region.
A research approach through participatory sciences is being developed within the framework of Vigie Muséum.

results in other services

  • Data Discovery & Access service - Data Originators (CDI)
  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Marine environmental research project (EDMERP)
  • Marine environmental databases (EDMED)

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IFREMER / IDM / SISMER - Scientific Information Systems for the SEA (IFREMER / IDM / SISMER)
Latest update
31 October 2019 12:38:17 PM