THALASSA research philosophy rests in the understanding of marine ecosystems, their conservation and management towards sustainable development. We favor a multidisciplinary approach in research, with field ecology and ecotoxicology methods and laboratory techniques of molecular and cellular biology and biochemistry.

Some themes and methods we propose as customized research services:

Assessment of biological diversity and spatial structuring of populations and marine communities:

  • data collection on density, size and biomass of marine organisms using UVC (underwater visual census);
  • percentage cover assessments of sessile benthic communities within quadrats

Estimation of the impact of recreational fisheries on vulnerable species:

  • anonymous questionnaires

Assessment of the economic status of fisheries within and around MPAs:

  • Monitoring and collection of information on fishing landings

  • Fishermen questionnaires

Measurement of the effects of stress in marine ecosystems through molecular and biochemical tools:

  • DNA & RNA extraction, bacterial culture
  • Enzymatic activity

 


Some references:

– TARA Pacific Expedition – supported and coordinated by the Tara Expeditions Foundation

– Monitoring of algal and ichthyological communities on 3D artificial reefs in Monaco

– Analysis of small scale fisheries landings data collected through photo-sampling