The Team

THE DBE CIRCLE

DBE is a multi-generational association made up of experienced rebreather divers and expert biologists in different fields, all passionate about the marine environment. This human diversity within the structure is an undeniable asset combining entrepreneurship, dynamism, experience and scientific rigor!

NATURALIST DIVERS

GABY BARATHIEU

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President of DEEP BLUE EXPLORATION, Class 3B diver, recognized underwater naturalist photographer (several prizes in naturalist photography competitions), for several years he has been moving towards deep diving and the exploration of deep environments. He tries through his photos to combine science and art, with the aim of sharing his immersions and raising awareness of the reefs treasures. The quality of his photos is currently being used by several taxonomists, with the aim of establishing biodiversity inventories of the Mahorese underwater fauna.

THE SCIENTISTS

Dr HÉLOÏSE ROUZÉ

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Vice-president of DEEP BLUE EXPLORATION, Doctor in coral reef ecology, her work focuses on understanding the adaptation strategies of shallow and / or mesophotic corals in the face of climate change and human pressures, and this mainly through the dynamics and the functional interactions of the organisms constituting the complex “coral guild” system (coral + zooxanthellae symbiotic algae + bacteria + exosymbiotic crustaceans). More specifically, she is now focusing on better understanding the role of associated coral microbiomes (symbiotic algae + bacteria) in depth gradient adaptation. 

OLIVIER KONIECZNY 

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Diving instructor in Mayotte for 15 years, Class 3B diver and hypoxic trimix diver in a closed circuit rebreather. Diving supervisor, responsible for the organization and safety of all dives conducted as part of the activities of the Association. He is also responsible for the maintenance, production and analyzes of the various gases and mixtures required for deep diving. He is one of the founding members of the Association and he contributed to all the discoveries of the organization. He is also involved in data collection, biological sampling and underwater photography.

Pr THOMASSIN BERNARD ARMAND

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Honorary CNRS research director of the Center d'Océanologie de Marseille (ex-COM) of the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU) and honorary president of DBE, scientific attaché of the city's Natural History Museum from Nice and a great connoisseur of the lagoon and coral reefs of Mayotte (since 1977-83), among others, and who had already explored these deep slopes down to -450 m deep, with a German mission from GEOMAR in Kiel , from the end of 1991. There is no doubt that he is "one of the least ignorant people" of the lagoon and reefs of Mayotte, as he defines himself.

CAMILLE LOISIL

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An engineer by training and Class 3B diver, Camille discovered the world of diving in 2008 in the Mediterranean. In 2011, during a stay in New Caledonia, he discovered the closed circuit recycler with Patrick Plantard; he suddenly discovers the possibilities offered by this type of diving equipment. Amateur photographer, he decided in 2016 to switch to video in order to bring another dimension to the immersion returns. He also participated, as a sampling diver, in the AMAZON REEF expedition with GreenPeace in September 2019 off Guyana.

Pr PICHON MICHEL

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Oceanographer Biologist, University Professor, Officer in the Order of Academic Palms, Honorary Vice-President of DBE, is an expert in the field of coral reefs he has studied for over fifty years. He began his research career with pioneering work on the coral populations of the Grand Reef of Tulear, southwest of Madagascar.He was then the scientific manager of several research teams, having operated in most of the reef areas of Indo-Pacific, Red Sea, Indian Ocean (Mascarenes, Comoros, Maldives and seas surrounding Arabia) and Pacific Ocean He worked for more than 25 years in Australia, first Professor at James Cook University, in Townsville, then as Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, also in Townsville. In the last decade, he has extended his skills to the study of mesophotic coral environments and ecosystems, in association with teams from Australia, France, Israel and Japan. He has published over 160 scientific articles in international scientific journals. He is co-author, among others, of 7 volumes on the corals of the Great Barrier, Gulf of Aden, and Moorea (French Polynesia) as well as co-editor of 3 volumes on various aspects of the study of coral reefs. He was a member of the Council of the International Society for Coral Reefs, of the Scientific Council of the Oceanographic Institute (Fondation Albert Ier de Monaco), President of the French Association for Coral Reefs and is a member of the group of specialists "corals From the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He currently lives in Australia where he is a Research Associate at the Museum of Tropical Queensland and is a consultant in tropical marine environment.

PATRICK PLANTARD

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Closed Circuit Rebreather Instructor Trimix Hypoxic and Class 3B diver, Patrick began diving in 1977 at the age of 11, he has been certified since 1994. He first worked as a diving instructor on the island of Reunion then Rangiroa in French Polynesia. He became an advanced Trimix rebreather instructor in 2007, in Polynesia, where he began to organize explorations in the mesophotic zone until 2011, when he left to explore New Caledonia, still in this zone. Back in Reunion, he now explores the depths of the Indian Ocean. He is passionate about underwater fauna and practices photography, which is used to identify fish. He has to his credit some photos of very rare fish, from Polynesia, New Caledonia and Reunion. Particularly in Reunion Island, Apolemichthys guezei, which had only been photographed once in its natural environment in 1974.

Dr JOSPEH POUPIN

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Doctorate in marine biology at the French Navy School. Research interests: Taxonomy of tropical crabs, hermit crabs and shrimps (Crustacea Decapoda), mainly those collected in the French overseas territories (French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, Reunion, Mayotte, Guadeloupe , Martinique…). Regional inventories with photos are online in the CRUSTA database at Crusta.

Dr FRÉDÉRIC DUCARME 

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Doctor in ecology and associate researcher at the National Museum of Natural History. Diver, photographer and naturalist, he is a taxonomic expert with the MNHN, the IUCN and the Scientific Council of the Mayotte Marine Park, as well as a former teacher in marine biology at the CUFR of Dembéni. His research focuses on echinoderms (sea urchins, stars, sea cucumbers, brittle stars and crinoids), and he is the author of the Mayotte echinoderm inventory.

Dr PATRICIA WECKER

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Doctor in marine microbiology, 2009 - Max Planck Institute for marine microbiology in Bremen, specializing in transcriptomic analysis and biotechnologies applied to the marine environment, she is also passionate about transmission, teaching, student support and within the reach of all scientific work. She carried out work within the CNRS in French Polynesia on bioplastics produced by marine bacteria. His research on the response of corals to heat stress as part of a Marie Curie Fellowship until 2015 led him to stop over in Australia and Monaco. Committed since the beginning of her studies in the popularization of science for primary and secondary students, and the general public, she has contributed to a wide dissemination of the work in the press or at conferences. She relies on the origin of this word "vulgus", the people, the crowd to defend the idea that the dissemination and dissemination of all the latest research results will have an impact on our future. She will use her skills. and her convictions in the service of the extension of the new Nausicaa, the national center of the sea of ​​Boulogne sur mer, and of its new permanent exhibition devoted to the high seas for 2 years. She will mainly devote herself to the writing of the contents for the The whole of her career and today allows her to be solicited as an expert assessor for the European Commission (RISE, Marie Curie).