EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique

Short name: INRAE
Contact name: Agnes Bardonnet
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Partner Description

INRAE is one of the biggest agricultural research organisations in the world. It is active in a wide variety of fields to address issues related to nutrition, agriculture and the INRAE provides support to the scientific community through different tools among which: databases, environmental research observatories, genetic resources centres, experimental platforms etc. LIFE (Leaving in Freshwater and Estuaries) is on elf the INRAE distributed infrastructure.It aims at providing to a broad scientific community, skills, tools, data and resources adapted to issues related to the study of biodiversity and continental aquatic environments. LIFE is built on the experimental/observatories entities of four laboratories working in the field of Aquatic ecology, among which U3E and UMR Ecobiop that manage respectively PEARL and ECP facilities.

Role and Commitment of key person(s)

Agnès Bardonnet (f, senior scientist, freshwater ecology), mainly interested in behavioural mechanisms underlying distribution patterns of young fish stages. Large experience in mesocosm experiments allowing the observation of fish behaviour in environment under complete or partial control. ISI Wos statistics: 54 papers, 660 citations, h-index: 15.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Task leader WP9.25 and 9.26: Provision of TA to INRA-LIFE, Contributor to WP1, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6 & WP8.

Didier Azam (m, senior engineer, freshwater ecology), Director of the experimental unit U3E that lead PEARL activities. PEARL is accredited by AnaEE-France and among other national and international programs is involved in the implementation of international ring tests (toxicity tests for approval by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). ISI Wos statistics: 9 papers, 160 citations, h-index: 7.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Main contributor to task WP9.26: Provision of TA to INRA-LIFE-PEARL.

Eric Edeline (m, PhD 2005, freshwater ecology), conducted integrative investigations on both the proximate and ultimate drivers of individual behavior, somatic growth, and reproductive investment. Now mainly interested by the interactions between evolutionary and ecosystem dynamics. ISI Wos statistics: 22 papers, 1345 citations, h-index: 22.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Contributor to WP9.26: scientific support of TA to INRA-LIFE-PEARL, Task contributor WP7.2: Emerging automated, high-frequency imaging techniques, and WP6, Defining grand challenges.

Jean-Christophe Aymes (m, engineer, freshwater ecology) with skills in the field of animal experimentation, video survey and sclerochronology. Manager of the experimental unit ECP (Ecobiop team). ISI Wos statistics: 5 papers, 81 citations, h-index: 3.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Main contributor to WP9.25: provision of TA to INRA-LIFE-ECP, Task contributor WP3.2 & 3.3: Strengthening the Mesocosms RI community & Enlarging the Mesocosm based experimental research community.


ECOBIOP, Behavioral Ecology and Biology of Fish Populations
Quartier Ibarron
64310 St Pée-sur-Nivelle France