Université d’Aix-Marseille / Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale




Faculté de St-Jérôme,

13397 Marseille cedex 20, FRANCE


Contact person:


Tel: +33 4 91 28 88 70

Fax: +33 4 91 28 86 68

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The Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie marine et continentale (IMBE) is a Joint Research Unit of CNRS and Aix Marseille University, created with the explicit aim to develop new approaches for science-based integrated management of biodiversity and ecosystems.
With 260 staff members organized in 14 research teams, IMBE combines basic and applied biological field research with new approaches of modelling ecosystem processes at the continental scale. IMBE’s current research potential covers the domains of biodiversity, evolutionary biology and ecology, and human-environment relationships. Main scientific focus is being put on ecological issues and biodiversity dynamics for the entire Mediterranean basin. IMBE holds most of the terrestrial ecology professors and researchers in the PACA Region. This institute is particularly relevant for the analysis of biodiversity patterns on different time and spatial scales, as well as for the study of the combined effects of stress and disturbance on the organization of ecological systems and provides crucial expertise for the monitoring and analysis of biodiversity to local and regional stakeholders in the public and private sector.


Scientific value and international visibility:

  • AERES ranking: A (for the two units, 2011 – the project “IMBE” was judged A+);
  • Number of papers (ISI Web of Sciences, 2006-2011): 450; nb citations: 3950 (2006-2011);
  • Number of papers in journals of impact >10: 5 (2006-2011);
  • Individual h-factor: 4 higher than 20, 12 higher than 10 [they do not take into account the arrival in 2011 of two newly recruited CNRS scientists with international reputation, Wolfgang Cramer (h=34) and Alexander Ereskovsky (h=12)];
  • Invited foreign scientists : 3 to 5 per year ; foreign post-docs : 2 per year in average;
  • Exchanges with North Africa: about 12 scientists/year come in IMEP (visit of one to 8 weeks);
  • Publication of two international journals (Ecologia Mediterranea, Regional Environmental Change); management of the European Pollen Database.


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