A place of scientific knowledge and exchanges

Scientific Research

Exchanges with the national and international scientific communities are permanent. The Aquarium welcomes researchers and doctoral students and contributes to the development of knowledge about the marine environment.

Scientific exchanges


  • Cape Town 2012 International Aquarium Congress. Presentation of a poster summarizing the last 20 years of CESTM activities.
  • « The new intertidal zone Aquarium La Rochelle: focus on an aquarium for algae » in collaboration with Philippe de Lacaze, Coutant Aquariums.
  • Billund (Denmark)2013 : Presentation entitled “Computed Tomography of aquatic animals.”  In collaboration with Marc Legeais.


The Aquarium and its Research and Care Centre for Sea Turtles (CESTM) also hold a wide range of scientific debates with:


  • G.T.M.F. (French Sea Turtle Group): conferences and data sharing.
  • The French Herpetological Society: annual congresses and publications.
  • The Charente-Maritime Natural Science Society: publications.
  • International Sea Turtle Society: conferences (Brisbane Symposium, etc.).
  • The Herpetology Observatory of the Aranzadi Science Society (Donostia-San Sebastián): conferences and publications.

A selection of the scientific research subjects we’ve helped with :


  • 2020: Sexual maturation of European sardines in relation to their diet – Marie Vagner, Aurélie Dessier, Christine Dupuy, Paco Bustamante, Emmanuel Dubillot, Christel Lefrançois, Elodie Réveillac, Pierre Morinière, Sébastien Lefebvre
  • 2020: Learning to decipher the illusionist paintings that the cuttlefish, master in the art of camouflage, wears on its skin – Sophie Cohen-Bodenes, Peter Néri, PSL University, PSL Beauty Chair(s) – L’Oréal
  • 2013-2018: Identification of the geographical origin of leatherback turtles washed up on the shores of the Atlantic with NOAA (USA). Genetic analysis.
  • 2013-2014-2015: Participation in the project to reintroduce Homarus gammarus lobsters to their natural environment organised by the district community of Ile de Ré.
  • 2011 – 2015: « The allis shad, Alosa alosa, an endangered species in the Gironde. » A pool-based growth and maturing programme for reproducing shad. European Life+Nature and Biodiversity Project for the conservation and restoration of the allis shad in the Gironde and the Rhine, in collaboration with IRSTEA (French Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture) and the North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • 2011 – 2015: Participation in the 2011-2015 national action plan for the European sea sturgeon: Presentation of the European sea sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) to the public.




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