Pierre Failler

Project coordinator, Professor of Economics and director of the CBG, he has coordinated 30 large international research programmes on ocean and coastal zone governance, ecosystem valuation and payment for environmental services, climate change, and marine protected areas, in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific.
He is a scientific evaluator for the International Foundation for Science, the Canadian Research Council, the European Commission DG-Research, the DG- Development and Co-operation, the French Agency for Research. He is also evaluator and reviewer of international projects on Marine resources management (SWIOF project in Indian Ocean, 2011), Fishery Development (DG- Development, FAO, UN Environment, World Bank), Marine resources and environment Research (West African Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme, onward) and Fishing agreements (European Parliament, IUCN, Dfid, onward). He is member of the Committee board of the Programme “Financial sustainability of Marine protected areas in West Africa” IUCN-PRCM (Nov. 2009-Dec. 2012) and the IUCN think tank “SEA” (2011-to date). He is the author of more than 350 publications, hereof 60 in peer-reviewed journals, and is an active adviser of IUCN, UNESCO and FAO among others.

Simon Cragg

Professor in Marine Zoology at the IMS. His research specialism is wood boring marine invertebrates that are very important players in the transfer of carbon within and beyond mangrove ecosystems, and in maintaining biodiversity in mangrove ecosystems.
His work has a significant international dimension with a BBSRC-funded partnering fund enhancing the biotechnological (US National Renewable Energy Lab: Dr. Gregg Beckham) and biodiversity aspects (Ocean Genome Legacy: Prof Dan Distel; University of Massachussetts: Barry Goodell). The wood biodeterioration aspects of the work were reported as a highly rated Impact Case Study in REF 2014 and are now being developed through a consortium of Scandinavian partners funded by the Research Council of Norway and through EU COST activities.
His team is exploring environmental implications of woody detritus processing in the sea through the tropical sites run by Operation Wallacea and through his membership of the Mangrove Specialist Group of IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature).

Ewan Tregarot

Research Fellow, scientific diver and underwater photographer, he has strong experience in tropical ecology with more than 8 years spent in the Lesser Antilles (Martinique), focusing on coral reef and fish assemblage monitoring, seagrass ecological characterization, and the impact of invasive species (lionfish: Pterois volitans) on fish assemblages, using functional biodiversity indices. Since 2014, he specialized in the valuation of ecosystem services provided by marine coastal ecosystems.
As such, he evaluated the services of coastal protection, carbon sequestration, bioremediation/water treatment, and biomass production/nursery for coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves in Mayotte and Réunion Island (Indian Ocean), seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats and saltmarshes in the National Park of Banc d’Arguin (Mauritania), a AFD project he coordinated in 2018, and contributed to the economic valuation of ecosystem services provided by mangroves in the National Parks of Arc d’Emeraude in Gabon.
He was an expert for the Validation Committee for the classification of Mangroves of Mayotte on the Red List (IUCN).

Cindy Cornet

Research Fellow. She has a PhD in ecology focusing on the adaptive capacities of seabirds to face environmental variability, and the role of heterogeneity within populations. She has extensive ecology (tropical, sub-polar/polar) and statistical background, and have been focusing on ecosystem services.
She was involved in the evaluation of ecosystem services in Reunion Island (Indian Ocean) and the National Parc of Banc d’Arguin, in particular those provided by marine coastal ecosystems and by birds, and their implication for human well-being. She has been involved in the management and coordination of various projects from project proposal to reports writing and scientific communication, via logistics, personnel training and management, and public communication.
She has also been part of the organising committee of the 9th “Ecology & Behaviour” Meeting held in Strasbourg, which was organized by and for early career scientists and aimed at encouraging scientific exchanges between the researchers of today and tomorrow.