UNIVERSITE’ NICE SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS (UNS)
The Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) is a multi-disciplinary University. Founded in 1965, it has establishments throughout the Alpes Maritimes in Nice, Cannes, Menton and Grasse, and is a key player in the Sophia Antipolis technological cluster. The UNS invests in basic research, as well as applied research and teaching.
The UNS’ scientific policy consists above all of supporting laboratories and providing them with the means of working over the long term: The provision of a stable base and a coordinated recruitment program over several years are the main levers of this support. The consolidation of teams is encouraged, respecting the specific aspects and requirements of each discipline. Research-intensive, in this field the UNS is well renowned on the international stage: It is fostering a host of collaborations, and boasts three LIA (International Associate Laboratories) among its laboratories. The laboratory, hosts nearly 30 researches focusing their work on the ecology and ecotoxicology of coastal ecosystems.
Role in AFRIMED
UNS will co-lead the WP5, linking science, decision making, management and business around marine restoration and in particular reforestation. To do that UNS researchers will use their skills in collaborative projects at different levels and with both the public and private sectors, to build up a consortium (users-business clubs). All the partners will contribute and finished and ongoing projects contacts will be capitalized. UNs is used to congresses, meeting, open groups organization. The premises of the faculty of sciences, in the beautiful Valrose Park are adequate for hosting meeting with more than 100 people in a charming historical building (Théatre du Grand Chateau). Concerning the other WPs, UNS will be able to contribute to several tasks by: sharing data (WP1); sharing restoration knowhow (WP2); contributing to restoration fieldwork actions (WP3), providing data and contacts for the evaluation of ecosystem services (WP4), participating to the spread of results and concepts issued by the project (WP6), for example using the channels of the institution (UNS) and of the stakeholders involved in WP5 and proactively participating to the management WP7.
Luisa Mangialajo is specialised in ecology of the phytobenthos (micro and macro), studying interaction among species (herbivory, allelopathy, facilitation) in macroalgal-dominated communities. She conceived a new device (DEFISH) in the framework of a recent ITN program on conservation (ITN-MMMPA, where she lead the WP on marine forests restauration. Her researches are usually performed in close collaboration with stakeholders (decision-makers, managers, associations, SME) and she is now working for the industrialization of the DEFISH device). She is also involved in several projects on the facilitation of benthic Harmful Algal Blooms (b-HABs) by the macroalgal communities (and the consequent limitation of HABs thanks to ecological restoration) such as and an ENPI-CBCMED project (M3HABs) and the recently UNS project CONVOST. As a consequence she often interacts with societal, economic and public health partners. She works in close collaboration with the LOV (Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche), a marine station of the Sorbonne University involved in the EMBRC project that can support research at high level in chemical, physical and biological oceanography.
Francesca Rossi main interest is marine benthic ecology, with a focus on complex habitats, such as habitat-forming seaweeds and seagrasses, their functioning and ecosystem service provision. She has been recently involved in a large project on Zostera biodiversity and functioning (ZEN project) and has led a TOTAL-funded project on seagrass complexity (DIVGRASS), linked to a divulgation project on Zostera ecology funded by “Fondation de France”. Through these projects, she has been involved into citizen science and has collaborated with different stakeholders around the lagoon of Thau, an economically important area in the South of France for its shellfish production, seabream fishing and tourism. She is author of 43 ISI papers (H: 19 and about 900 citations; Scholar).
Jean-Michel Cottalorda is a research assistant at the ECOMERS laboratory. He will contribute on a percentage of his time, supporting in particular field activities and laboratory experiments setup. He is experienced in fieldwork and diving. His main projects are on marine ecosystem conservation (especially fish) and he participate to previous actions on reforestation performed at the UNS.