Research Projects

Studying the present to understand the future


Ocean Acidification and the Shikine CO2 Seep

We study the physiological effects of ocean acidification on corals and their ecosystems. We use a combination of laboratory experiment and use natural analogues to study the chronic effects of OA and the ecosystem levels effects. See also the ICONA project for the international CO2 Natural Analogue Network.

Tara Jambio Microplastic Joint Survey

Tara Ocean Japan and Jambio collaborate to study the microplastic pollution in Japanese coastal waters and to increase awareness on the environmental threats that the ocean is facing.


Tara Pacific

From east to west and from north to south, Tara criss-crossed the Pacific Ocean to explore the hidden diversity of coral reefs and gain a better understanding of their capacity to adapt to climate change. From the Panama Canal to the archipelago of Japan (2016-2017), from New Zealand to China (2017-2018), the schooner traversed 11 time zones of the world’s largest ocean, and visit the most remote islands and reefs. The expedition is lead by Serge Planes (CNRS researcher) and Denis Allemand (CSM Monaco) and involves more than 100 laboratories across the world.

To know more about the Tara Pacific Expedition: Tara official website and the protocol used for the sampling of corals, algae and fishes and of oceanic sampling.