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Laboratoire d'Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques
UMR 8222


The LECOB research activity lies in the field of Ecology, that is the interconnection between organisms and between organisms and their environment in the context of global change.

Recognition of the key contribution of oceans to human welfare was reassert in 2017 by the United-Nations which specifically target one of the 17 sustainable development goals to transform our world to ‘conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources’ (United-Nations, 2017). At the European level, the global objective has been incorporated in scenarios development, in order to anticipate and coordinate activities at sea, which is now required by Marine Spatial Planning EU directive (2014).
 Within those scenarios, the scientific community responsible of forecasting biodiversity changes in the context of global environmental changes is facing a major challenge. Indeed, we have many ecological theoretical concepts covering different organization levels from organisms to communities and to ecosystems, but they are rarely applicable to advise public action, largely due to the complexity of ecological systems and high level of responsibility implied. Yet, validation of theoretical ecological concepts effectiveness is an essential step towards a better biodiversity conservation and management. However, addressing such an objective is still confronted with numerous gaps in our understanding of ecosystem dynamic components to which the LECOB aims to contribute.

The LECOB is a pluri-disciplinary group of people who organizes their activities for the period 2019-2023 along 3 transverse axes, promoting interdisciplinary integration.

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