Monaco, I.A.E.A. Marine Environment Laboratory


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avenue Saint-Martin
98000 MONACO MC  
Tel : + 377 93 30 12 11
Fax : + 377 92 16 79 81
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Prof. Denis Allemand

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
biomineralization, symbiosis, corals reefs, coralligenous biocenosis, carbon cycle, animal nutrition, marine genomics

Current major projects
* corals and biominerals as bio-indicators of climate change, paleoceanography
* coral ecophysiology
* mechanism of biomineralization - symbiosis

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 7 others : 4

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 600 teaching :
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 25 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :

Other major research facilities and equipment
facilities for ecophysiology (measurement of CO²/O² fluxes, rate of calcification, metabolism, microbiology, PAM fluorimetry); facilities for cell and molecular biology including a confocal microscope; facilities for culture of invertebrate and microalgae in controlled conditions

Ecosystem types available nearby
studies are mainly performed on mesocosms

Areas of taxonomic expertise
Cnidarians, mainly Anthozoa (octocorals, hexacorals); Dinoflagellates

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    we keep and share with the Musée Océanographique a collection of live specimens of reef-building corals; the collection comprises some 50 different species, mostly from the Red Sea.

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no
training period from 2 months to 3-4 years for graduate students (PhD and after)

Capacity and brief description of library

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes