A new species of the genus Munidopsida
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Joëlle Galéron

Centre de Brest,
BP 70, F-29280 Plouzané

Head of the deep-sea laboraty (DEEP/LEP)

Scientific interests
Structure of benthic macrofauna and megafauna (diversity, biomass, distribution) in different deep marine habitats (detritus and chemosynthesis based ecosystems), links and exchanges between both ecosystems. Human impacts on deep benthic ecosystems.

Participation in french and european programmes studying the structure and functionning of benthic ecosystems : EPI, EUMELI JGOFS-France, MAST 2, MAST 3-BENGAL, BIOZAIRE, HERMES. Participation in 31 oceanographic cruises, chief scientist of one cruise on the nodule areas in the Pacific ocean. Participation in the development of a database for biological and environmental data collected during the Ifremer cruises (BIOCEAN). Responsible for the environmental studies undertaken at Ifremer dealing with the human impacts on the deep-sea ecosystems. Member of the CEDAMAR steering committee.

Selection of publications

  • Billett, D.S.M., Bett, B.J., Rice, A.L., Thurston, M.H., Galéron, J., Sibuet, M. & Wolff, G.A. (2001). Long-term change in the megabenthos of the Porcupine abyssal plain (NE Atlantic). Progress in Oceanography, 50 : 325-348.
  • Fabri, M.C., Galéron, J., Larour, M., Maudire, G. (2006). Combining the Biocean database for deep-sea benthic data with the onlineb Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 316 : 215-224
  • Galéron, J., Sibuet, M., Mahaut, M.-L., Dinet, A. (2000) Variations in structure and biomass of three major benthic size classes in relation to environmental conditions in the northeast Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress series, 197 : 121-137.
  • Galéron, J., Sibuet, M., Vanreusel, A., Mackenzie, K., Gooday, A.J., Dinet, A., Wolff, G.A. (2001). Temporal patterns among meiofauna and macrofauna taxa related to sediment geochemistry at an abyssal NE Atlantic site, Progress in Oceanography, 50 : 303-324.
  • Olu-Le Roy, K., Caprais, J.C., Fifis, A., Fabri, M.C., Galéron, J., Budzinski, H., Le Ménach, K., Khripounoff, A., Ondréas, H., Sibuet, M., 2007. Cold seep assemblages on a giant pockmark off West Africa: spatial patterns and environmental control. Marine Ecology 28, 115-130.
  • 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.
  • Vanreusel, A., Cosson-Sarradin, N., Gooday, A.J., Paterson, G.L.J., Galéron, J., Sibuet, M. & Vincx, M. (2001). Evidence for episodic recruitment in a small opheliid polychaeta species from the abyssal NE Atlantic. Progress in Oceanography, 50 : 285-302.
  • Veillette, J., J. Sarrazin, A.J. Gooday, J. Galeron, J.C. Caprais, A. Vangriesheim, J. Etoubleau, J.R. Christian and S.K. Juniper.. (2007). Ferromanganese nodule fauna in the Tropical North Pacific Ocean: Species richness, faunal cover and spatial distribution." Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 54(11), 1912-1935.