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ENTROPIE

La Reunion

Research centers or research group

Joint Research Unit between the University of Reunion Island, IRD, CNRS INEE, IFREMER

The ENTROPIE research unit aimed at characterising biodiversity related to tropical coastal and ocean habitats using evolutionary ecological approaches (from the genes to communities) in order to understand processes influencing interactions between ecosystems and the environment in relation to human activity and climate change with regards to functional ecology approaches. In addition, the studies are undertaken to better understand the use of identified resources to protect and conserve biodiversity.

Contact

Matthieu LE CORRE  | Deputy Director
University of Reunion Island 15 Avenue René Cassin - CS 92003 97744 SAINT-DENIS CEDEX 9
  • Research domains

    The research unit works on 3 topics :

    • Diversity, evolutionary processes and life-history traits of organisms, including describing tropical marine biodiversity and understanding its origin by studying relevant evolutionary processes in a multi-scale framework. This also involves
      species dispersal studies (population connectivity) and phylogeographical and
      phylogenetic analyses to identify geographical and reproductive barriers.
    • Ecosystem processes, vulnerability and resilience within 2 approaches :
      Structure and dynamics of populations and communities” and “Environmental forcing and ecosystem vulnerability
    • Using, developing and managing tropical marine and island ecosystem
      resources, within 2 approaches : “Spatial management of coastal fisheries
      and conservation planning” and “Assessing and monitoring eco-social systems”
  • Main research facilities

    Related to Reunion-based technical support centres only.

    • Molecular biology laboratory (DNA extraction, amplification, etc.)
    • Marine chemistry laboratory (nutrient dosage, chlorophyll, pH, CO2, etc.)
    • Database specialising in reef ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific region, internationally accessible
    • Biology laboratory (preparation of samples, dissection, analysis, etc.)
    • Optical chamber, autonomous scuba-diving equipment, field station (Saint Gilles), etc.
  • Main scientific collaborations
    • LABEX CORAIL / NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
      Labex CORAIL includes almost all French scientific partners
      involved in research on coral reefs. ENTROPIE has been part of
      Labex Corail since its inception. It is part of the management
      and scientific committees. Labex-Corail opens up numerous
      opportunities in collaborative research on the study of coral reefs.
    • WIOMSA / INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
      An NGO based in Tanzania involved in studying, promoting and
      sustainably managing marine and coastal biodiversity in the
      western Indian Ocean. This proactive scientific network is a key
      partner for stakeholders in marine sciences in the Indian Ocean.
      The members of the ENTROPIE research unit are members of
      WIOMSA, and temporary board members, honorary members,
      national representatives, etc.
    • IFRECOR / NATIONAL NETWORK
      Ifrecor is a French initiative supporting coral reefs, comprising a
      network of French coral reef specialists, including administrators,
      decision-makers, etc.
    • WIO IAS / INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
      The Western Indian Ocean Network on Invasive Species is a
      French scheme to support coral reefs. Its members are involved
      in research and management of protected areas, as well as the
      study of terrestrial and marine invasive species.
    • IUCN FRANCE, FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES GROUP (GOM)
      / NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
      The IUCN GOM includes biodiversity and nature conservation
      experts working in French overseas territories. Several members
      of the research unit are members of the GOM (overseas territory
      group). The French overseas territories network helps maintain
      an image and profile while sharing information and skills, etc.

     

  • Key research projects

    The list below describes the work carried out by the Reunion UMR research
    unit team. For further information on our work, see the UMR research unit’s
    website.

    OCEAN METISS : South-Western Indian Ocean Maritime Spatial Planning
    Funding : ERDF – European Union
    2018 – 2020

    LABEX CORAIL : 23 of the UMR research unit’s projects have been funded by
    the Labex Corail programme
    Funding : PIA3
    2010 – 2020

    REMPOR : Aetiological research into diseases associated with mass fish
    mortality events on the western coast of Reunion
    Funding : European Union (ERDF) DEAL-Reunion IRD
    2015 – 2018

    ILES EPARSES (SCATTERED INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS) CONSORTIUM :
    4 of the UMR research unit’s projects are funded by the Iles Eparses consortium
    Funding : Consortium : TAAF IRD CNRS IFREMER University of Reunion Island AFB
    2018 – 2020

    LIFE+ PETRELS :
    Reducing the decline of petrels native to Reunion
    Funding : European Union French governmentReunion Departmental Council
    2015 – 2020

The research unit works on 3 topics :

  • Diversity, evolutionary processes and life-history traits of organisms, including describing tropical marine biodiversity and understanding its origin by studying relevant evolutionary processes in a multi-scale framework. This also involves
    species dispersal studies (population connectivity) and phylogeographical and
    phylogenetic analyses to identify geographical and reproductive barriers.
  • Ecosystem processes, vulnerability and resilience within 2 approaches :
    Structure and dynamics of populations and communities” and “Environmental forcing and ecosystem vulnerability
  • Using, developing and managing tropical marine and island ecosystem
    resources, within 2 approaches : “Spatial management of coastal fisheries
    and conservation planning” and “Assessing and monitoring eco-social systems”

Related to Reunion-based technical support centres only.

  • Molecular biology laboratory (DNA extraction, amplification, etc.)
  • Marine chemistry laboratory (nutrient dosage, chlorophyll, pH, CO2, etc.)
  • Database specialising in reef ecosystems in the Indo-Pacific region, internationally accessible
  • Biology laboratory (preparation of samples, dissection, analysis, etc.)
  • Optical chamber, autonomous scuba-diving equipment, field station (Saint Gilles), etc.
  • LABEX CORAIL / NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
    Labex CORAIL includes almost all French scientific partners
    involved in research on coral reefs. ENTROPIE has been part of
    Labex Corail since its inception. It is part of the management
    and scientific committees. Labex-Corail opens up numerous
    opportunities in collaborative research on the study of coral reefs.
  • WIOMSA / INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
    An NGO based in Tanzania involved in studying, promoting and
    sustainably managing marine and coastal biodiversity in the
    western Indian Ocean. This proactive scientific network is a key
    partner for stakeholders in marine sciences in the Indian Ocean.
    The members of the ENTROPIE research unit are members of
    WIOMSA, and temporary board members, honorary members,
    national representatives, etc.
  • IFRECOR / NATIONAL NETWORK
    Ifrecor is a French initiative supporting coral reefs, comprising a
    network of French coral reef specialists, including administrators,
    decision-makers, etc.
  • WIO IAS / INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
    The Western Indian Ocean Network on Invasive Species is a
    French scheme to support coral reefs. Its members are involved
    in research and management of protected areas, as well as the
    study of terrestrial and marine invasive species.
  • IUCN FRANCE, FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES GROUP (GOM)
    / NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
    The IUCN GOM includes biodiversity and nature conservation
    experts working in French overseas territories. Several members
    of the research unit are members of the GOM (overseas territory
    group). The French overseas territories network helps maintain
    an image and profile while sharing information and skills, etc.

 

The list below describes the work carried out by the Reunion UMR research
unit team. For further information on our work, see the UMR research unit’s
website.

OCEAN METISS : South-Western Indian Ocean Maritime Spatial Planning
Funding : ERDF – European Union
2018 – 2020

LABEX CORAIL : 23 of the UMR research unit’s projects have been funded by
the Labex Corail programme
Funding : PIA3
2010 – 2020

REMPOR : Aetiological research into diseases associated with mass fish
mortality events on the western coast of Reunion
Funding : European Union (ERDF) DEAL-Reunion IRD
2015 – 2018

ILES EPARSES (SCATTERED INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS) CONSORTIUM :
4 of the UMR research unit’s projects are funded by the Iles Eparses consortium
Funding : Consortium : TAAF IRD CNRS IFREMER University of Reunion Island AFB
2018 – 2020

LIFE+ PETRELS :
Reducing the decline of petrels native to Reunion
Funding : European Union French governmentReunion Departmental Council
2015 – 2020

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