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Plankton interactions, their environmental determinants, and biogeochemical consequences in the Southern Senegal coastal laboratory


Companion Projects

National and international companion research projects to SOLAB

EUR IsBlue-OMEGA (2020-2024, PIs: M. Vagner et L. Pecquerie): OMEGA studies the effects of decreased trophic availability of long-chain fatty acids OMEGA 3 on small pelagic fish and human populations. It does so by developping an interdisciplinary framework combining physical, biological, economic and sociological approaches.

Action CNRS-OBSaloum (2021-2023, PI: Y. Thomas): the OBSALOUM project aims to implement a participatory strategy for observing the pressures exerted through artisanal harvest on the shellfish resource in the Saloum delta. The end goal is contribute to the development of management tools and methods.

ANR-Irocwa (2020-2024, PI: Y. Thomas): The IROCWA project aims to characterize the biological response of the bivalve bloody cockle (Senilia senilis) to a wide range of past and present bioclimatic conditions. This will provide knowledge and tools to help predict the future consequences of climate change on this key West Africa species. To do so, the project develops an innovative interdisciplinary and integrated approach, combining experimental ecophysiology, bioenergetics modelling, paleoecology and paleoclimatology..

H2020-PADDLE (2017-2021, PI: M. Bonnin): PADDLE brings together internationally renowned researchers and actors, from countries bordering the tropical Atlantic and from the EU, to create a network and a collaborative platform, aiming to advance theory and methods for pertinent MSP in tropical areas.

LEFE GMMC-COCASAM (2021-2022, PI: V. Echevin) “Continuum océan côtier-Casamance”, coll. B.Ndom (PhD student), X. Capet, E. Machu, T. Pellarin (IGE).

LEFE GMMC-SENOX (2018-2020, P.I.: V. Echevin) “Modelling the oxygen minimum zone off the Senegalese shelf “, LEFE-GMMC, coll.: A.W. Tall (PhD student), X. Capet (LOCEAN), E. Machu (LOPS), A. Lazar (LOCEAN). During winter and spring the west african shelf off Senegal is enriched with plankton and small pelagic fish exploited by artisanal fisheries. It is located on the eastern border of the oxygen minimum zone (OMZ), a body of subsurface low-oxygenated waters, which can be transported on the shelf during the upwelling season and generate hypoxia. The goal is to study the physical and biogeochemical mechanisms which control the dissolved oxygen (DO) cycle on the senegalese shelf and in the deep ocean off west Africa using numerical simulations and in situ observations.

IRD programs