CIESM Headquarters are located Villa Girasole, 16 bd de Suisse, in Monaco. This is where science programs and initiatives are managed and monitored
by a central team of marine specialists. In 2017 the Commission opened offices in Paris as well, back at the Oceanographic Institute where it was seated
in the 1930s, with a few economic and legal experts working at the interface between science and marine policy.
Prof. Frederic Briand, Director General
Studied oceanography and economics at Univ. of Paris, then moved to the
USA to pursue a Ph.D. (1974) at the University of California. Early
career as Professor of Ecological Sciences in Canada, with field studies
on the dynamics of marine systems in the north Pacific, the north
Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. Discovered a series of ecosystem
'markers' and invariants in the architecture of food webs - now a full
research sector of its own, and published noted theoretical and
empirical papers on complex systems.
After returning to Europe to lead multi-disciplinary programs in
International Organisations (Unesco, IUCN), he was appointed DG of CIESM
with the mandate to turn it into a modern organisation impacting both
marine science and policy. The DG oversees the scientific and geographic
development of the Commission, and is particularly involved in
launching, promoting cross-Basin and cross-sector initiatives through
the Science Council which he presides. Editor of the CIESM Research
Monographs series, he advises various international agencies, from
GESAMP to the International Whaling Commission.
Prof. Laura Giuliano, Director of Science
Ph.D. (1996) Univ. Marseille (France) followed by a PostDoc in Germany.
Laura has directed international scientific projects and published in
leading scientific international journals (Science, Nature, PNAS, etc).
Guest Editor of various special issues (FEMS Microbiology and Ecology,
Deep-Sea Research, Marine Biotechnology, Marine Genomics). CNR Research
Director at the Coastal Marine Institute in Messina, Sicily, then detached
to CIESM HQ in 2004. Dr Giuliano returned to Italy (2014-2016) to lead
IAMC/ CNR in Naples. She now works full-time at CIESM HQ as Director of
Senior Advisor to the Director General on the development
of science and policy. Develops new initiatives at the crossroads between
disciplines, from molecular biology to metadata analysis, with special
attention to the marine biotechnology sector.
Dr Paula Moschella,
Head, Marine Biodiversity and Conservation
Ph.D. in marine ecology (2003), Univ. Southampton, UK; laurea (BSc, MSc)
1996, Univ. Genoa, Italy.
Dr Moschella oversees all CIESM
Program related to Marine Biodiversity; she represents the Commission in
international forums dealing with marine conservation, and directs every
three years the CIESM Congress Team.
Lionel Schutz, Head, Institutional
Relations and Cooperation.
Graduate of ESSEC Business School, Paris (2006), with degree in geography
from Univ. Jean Moulin, Lyon (1995). Large experience of project
management in developing countries. Former general Secretary, Ministry of External Relations,
Follows relations with CIESM Member States; oversees
institutional relations and cooperative initiatives at CIESM HQ.
Annelyse Gastaldi, , GIS specialist & Digital Mapping
MSc. on Geo-Systems (2008) Univ. Nice, France.
Produces online maps, that integrate latest records from various CIESM Programs such as Exotic Species, JellyWatch and SeaBirds
Loriane Mendez, Research
Assistant, Marine Vertebrates
Ph.D. on Seabird Ecology (2018) Univ. La
Rochelle, France; MSc in marine ecology (2013) Univ. Aix Marseille.
Integration of marine birds into CIESM programs