Michel Pichon

Michel Pichon

Queensland Museum  (Australia)
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Research interests

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Michel PICHON, Biological Oceanographer, University Professor, is an expert on coral reefs, which he has studied for more than 48 years. He was research leader of several coral reefs research teams, operating in most major reef areas in the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean (Mascarenes, Comoros, Madagascar (Thesis), Maldives and the seas around Arabia), and in the Pacific Ocean.He has been based for more than 22 years in Australia, first at James Cook University, Townsville, then as Deputy Director, Australian Institute of Marine Science. He then did work principally on the Great Barrier Reef, with his students and Australian colleagues, but also elsewhere in the Pacific in cooperation with American and Japanese teams. He has published more than one hundred scientific papers in international scientific journals, mostly on coral reefs, and four books on the reef corals of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. He is a board member of the International Society for Reef Studies.He now lives in Australia, where he is a Tropical Marine Consultant and Honorary Research Associate at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, in Townsville.


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Sarano 1988a Morphology and ecology of the deep fore reef slope at Osprey Reef (Coral Sea) | article
Sarano FF, Pichon MM (1988)
Proc 6th Int Coral Reef Symp 2:607-611
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10.1371   journal.pone.0170336 Lower Mesophotic Coral Communities (60-125 m Depth) of the Northern Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea | article
Englebert N, Bongaerts P, Muir PR, Hay KB, Pichon M, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2017)
PLoS ONE 12:e0170336
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Research keywords
Research summary (from publications)
1  Biodiversity
1  Molecular ecology
1  Ecology
1  Community structure
1  Geomorphology

2  Scleractinia (Hard Corals)
1  Fishes
1  Overall benthic (groups)
1  Symbiodinium (zooxanthellae)

2  Australia - Coral Sea
1  Australia - Great Barrier Reef

1  Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
1  Manned Submersible
1  Diving - Regular Open-Circuit

1  Bongaerts
1  Englebert
1  Muir