Oceanography Research: A Bridge Between Marseille and San Diego

American Students embark on an Ambitious Oceanography research trip to France

A delegation of a dozen American graduate students from the prestigious San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography embarked on an ambitious research trip to France from oct 15th -21st. This trip is part of a project initiated by the Embassy of France in the United States and will reinforce the strong existing maritime relationship between France and Southern California.


Doctoral students trip
Doctoral students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography were welcomed to Marseille City Hall


Organized within the framework of the French-American Doctoral Exchange on Ocean and Climate (FADEx-O), the student researchers visited the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer and the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute on Ile des Embiez, as well as sites in Montpellier, Brest, and Paris.

But perhaps the most important stops on the tour was Marseille where the research students worked with the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography on the Luminy campus of Aix-Marseille University. As the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is the global leader in oceanography and marine biology education, this academic collaboration provided a new level of international recognition for the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography.

During their time in Marseille, the doctoral students toured the Calanques National Park and its “blue corridor” as well as the artificial reefs off the coast from the city’s Prado beaches. The students were also welcomed to Marseille City Hall by Didier Réault, the deputy mayor responsible for the sea and beaches, and Simon R. Hankinson, the American consul-general in Marseille.


By Philippe Galini, La Provence