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Dr. Myriam Sibuet - Principal Investigator

Institut Océanographique
195 rue Saint Jacques
F-75005 Paris

Licence, Maîtrise de Physiologie animale, Université de Strasbourg 1964 -1968
Thèse de doctorat d'Etat, Dr ès Sciences Naturelles 1987, Université. Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
Research scientist at Ifremer 1969-2006

Last positions at Ifremer: Director of the Deep-Sea Environment Department and Science and Technology Adviser of the Président Directeur Général of Ifremer.

Senior scientist emerita in residence at the Institut Océanographique de Paris, Fondation Albert 1er de Monaco since 2006: Leader of CoML-COMARGE Project, Member of CoML Scientific Steering committee, Member of the Scientific Committee of the Institut Océanographique.

Scientific Interests: Biodiversity and functioning of deep-sea ecosystems, ecology of benthic communities on oceanic basins and continental margins including cold seeps. Deep-sea echinoderm taxonomy and ecology. Multidisciplinary approaches on oceanographical vessels and submersibles for the understanding of deep sea benthic fauna and processes.

Experience: 39 years of oceanographic research. Participation in 37 deep-sea cruises including submersible diving cruises, 18 as chief scientist. Initiation of the use in France of manned and unmanned submersibles for deep sea ecology studies, and development of submersible tools for deep sea biology. Leader of deep-sea ecology research projects and participation in international programs with a multidisciplinary approach: National EUMELI project (eutrophic, mesotrophic and oligotrophic zones) related to JGOFS international program in the tropical east Atlantic. Partner of EU projects, Natural variability of deep-sea benthic communities (European MAST 1 and MAST 2 programs); Benthic biology and geochemistry of a north eastern Atlantic locality (MAST 3 BENGAL program). Leader of the french BIOZAÏRE program in partnership with oil Industry (Ifremer/TOTAL) for the study of the structure and functioning of benthic ecosystems, in the Gulf of Guinea. Co- leader of the EU project CARACOLE on cold water coral mounds in northeast Atlantic. Partner of the European project MEDIFLUX (ESF Eurocore-Euromargin), and of the EU HERMES integrated project. Leader of the international project CoML-COMARGE project since 2005 and member of the CoML Scientific Steering Committee. Supervision of 8 PhD students. Author or co-author of more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Member of several national and international scientific committees.

Prix Savigny de l'Académie des Sciences 1988
Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, 1990.
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur 2002
Officier de l'Ordre National du Mérite 2006

Selection of scientific publications

  • Cosson, N., Sibuet, M. & Galeron, J. (1997). Community structure and spatial heterogeneity of the deep-sea macrofauna at three contrasted stations in the Tropical northeast Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research, 44(2): 247-269.
  • Duperron S. Halary S., J. Lorion, M. Sibuet & F. Gaill. (2008) Unexpected co-occurrence of six bacterial symbionts in the gills of the cold seep mussel Idas sp. (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) Environmental Microbiology 10(2), 433–445
  • Duperron, S., A. Fiala-Médioni, J.C. Caprais, K. Olu-Le Roy and M. Sibuet. (2007). Evidence for chemoautotrophic symbiosis in a Mediterranean cold seep clam (Bivalvia: Lucinidae): comparative sequence analysis of bacterial 16S rRNA, APS reductase and RubisCO genes. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 59, 64-70.
  • Duperron, S., T. Nadalig, J.C. Caprais, M. Sibuet, A. Fiala-Médioni, R. Amann and N. Dubilier (2005) Dual symbiosis in a Bathymodiolus sp. mussel from a methane seep on the Gabon Continental Margin (Southeast Atlantic): 16sRNA phylogeny and distribution of the symbionts in gills. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 71(4), 1694-1700.
  • Duperron, S., M. Sibuet, B.J. Macgregor, M.M.M. Kuypers, C.R. Fisher and N. Dubilier (2007) Diversity, relative abundance and metabolic potential of bacterial endosymbionts in three Bathymodiolus mussel species from cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Microbiology, 9, 1423-1438.
  • Galéron, J., Sibuet, M., Mahaut, M.L. & A. Dinet (2000). Variations in structure and biomass of the benthic communities at the three contrasting sites in the tropical northeast Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 197: 121-137.
  • Laureillard, J., L. Mejanelle & M. Sibuet (2004). Use of lipids to study the trophic ecology of deep-sea xenophyophores. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 270: 129-140.
  • Madin, L.P., F. Grassle, F. Azam, D. Obura, M. Reaka-Kudla, M. Sibuet, G.S. Stone, K. Stock, A. Walls & G. Allen, (2004), The unknown ocean. in Defying Ocean's End - An Agenda for Action, eds. L.K. Glover & S. Earle, Island Press Washington, 213-236
  • Olu K., Lance S., Sibuet M., Henry P., Fiala-Médioni A. & Dinet A. (1997). Cold seep communities as indicators of fluid expulsion patterns through mud volcanoes seaward of the Barbados accretionary prism. Deep Sea Research. 44 N° 5 811-841.
  • Olu-Le Roy, K., J. C. Caprais, A. Fifis, M.C. Fabri, J. Galeron, H. Budzinski, K. Le Ménach, A. Khripounoff, H. Ondréas & M. Sibuet. (2007). Cold seep assemblages on a giant pockmark off West Africa: spatial patterns and environmental control. Marine Ecology, 28, 115-130.
  • Olu–Le Roy K., Sibuet M., Fiala-Medioni A., Gofas S., Salas C., Mariotti M., Foucher J.-P. & Woodside J. (2004). Cold seep communities in the deep eastern Mediterranean Sea: composition, symbiosis and spatial distribution on mud volcanoes. Deep Sea Research I, 51: 1915-1936.
  • Ondréas H, Olu K, Fouquet Y, Charlou J, Gay A, Dennielou B, Donval J, Fifis A, Nadalig T, Cochonat P, Cauquil E, Bourillet J, Moigne & M, Sibuet M (2005) ROV study of a giant pockmark on the Gabon continental margin. Geo-Marine Letters 25:281
  • Sibuet M.& Olu K.(1998) Biogeography, biodiversity and fluid dependence of deep-sea cold seep communities at active and passive margins. Deep- Sea Research. 45(1-3): 517-567.
  • Sibuet, M. & K. Olu-Le Roy (2002). Cold Seep Communities on Continental Margins: Structure and Quantitative Distribution Relative to Geological and Fluid Venting Patterns. G. Weffer, D. Billett, D. Hebbeln, B.B. Jorgersen, T.J. Van Weering (Eds). Ocean Margin System, Springer Verlag, p. 235-251.
  • Sibuet, M., J. Galéron, A. Khripounoff, L. Menot, K. Olu-Le Roy, J. Durrieu, J. Miné & cruise participants (2002) Deep Sea Ecosystems on the Equatorial African Margin: First Results of a Multidisciplinary Environmental Program and Discovery of Chemosynthesis based Ecosystem. Proceedings of The Sixth international conference on health, safety & environment in Oil and Gas exploration and production. Kuala-Lumpur, March 2002, 16 p.
  • Weaver, P.P.E., D.S.M. Billett, A. Boetius, R. Danovaro, A. Freiwald & M. Sibuet. (2004). Hotspot ecosystem research on Europe's deep-ocean margins. Oceanography, 17(4), 132-143.