Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Life and Ecosystems

Life organization and ecosystem functioning

Studying the links between structure and function of marine ecosystems

The number and distribution of species determines ecosystem diversity and influences its structure. This structure regulates biotic and abiotic interactions and in doing so, determines the ecosystem function in terms of energy fluxes, biogeochemical cycles and biological production. We study the links between structure and function, which is essential to guide implementation plans of marine protected areas and to assess marine food provisions, while prioritizing sustainable aquaculture and fisheries practices.