Full Partner 3 (UNS-ECOMERS)


UniversitÚ de Nice - Sophia Antipolis, ECOMERS laboratory

The UNS-ECOMERS laboratory belongs to the Sciences Faculty of the University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis. It consists of two research teams and laboratories: "Ecology of coastal ecosystems" and "Ecotoxicology and marine chemistry". Staff is experienced specialized in field work, and in particular in the Mediterranean Sea. All the divers are scientific professional divers.

Concerning the teaching, The UNS-ECOMERS laboratory is involved in all level of teaching and in a master on environment management and conservation. The "Ecology of coastal ecosystems" team currently hosts 5 PhD. One is in the framework of a EMMA project, 2 are joint-PhD with other European universities and 2 have French grants.

Key competencies and facilities

UNS-ECOMERS has a wide range of competencies and facilities for: fish assemblages and macrophytes ecology, evaluation of human impacts on coastal ecosystems, conservation (and in particular concerning the role of protected areas), ecological restoration, data treatment in ecology, ecological status quantification within European directives.

Key persons involved

Dr. L. Mangialajo (Ecologist, teacher of data treatment in ecology and ecology, coordinator of a working group for the implementation of the water framework directive. Prof. P. Francour (teacher of ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem courses, member of the Mediterranean Group of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas - Marine (WCPA MMED), of the IUCN Grouper and Wrasse Specialist Group and of the IUCN Mediterranean Fish Red List Group. Both are members of the Scientific Committee for the Natural Heritage in PACA Region (implementation of the Natura 2000 sites).

Previous training programs and research

The staff involved participated to several training programs, especially at the master or post-master level. L. Mangialajo joined the Italian-indonesian program (Ancona University and Sam-Ratulangi University). She also organised a summer-course for the monitoring of coastal areas in Italy based on macroalgae. UNS-ECOMERS is involved in several national (ANR, LiteauIII, Agence de l'eau) and international projects (FP7, Total foundation, Pew Institute for Marine Sciences).

MMMPA - Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement no.: 290056.

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