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L'Equipe

DIRECTORS

Etienne Bourgois

Etienne Bourgois

53 years old, President of Tara Foundation and company director, for agnès b. for over 20 years.

« Tara Expeditions was born from a great desire of keeping faith. It is a collective quest to understand what is happening climate-wise and to explain it in simple terms. When we acquired Tara in 2003 to create the Tara Expeditions project, the environmental approach, initiated by a company leader was still quite a marginal gesture. Thank goodness, thing have evolved.
Today I do not feel like a radical ecologist. I believe we need to live with our contradictions and attempt to resolve them. It really has to do with a revolution in our mentalities. To act in ecology we shall have to relinquish our individualist world. It is the key. This is what we attemptedand accomplished on Tara. A team’s work at the service of the planet. This exceptional ship must pursue her mission as ambassador of the world’s citizens, must remain a catalyser of energy and desire to tackle without glitter the main question that arises for each one of us: What future are we preparingfor our children? This is and has been my motivation for the past 10 years and for the Tara Mediterranean expedition »

 Dr Gaby Gorsky

Dr Gaby Gorsky

Scientific Director

Gaby Gorsky is director of Observatoire de Villefranche/mer - France - CNRS/UPMC
From 2009, he is a scientific coordinator of Tara Oceans. He is also a scientific directors of Tara Oceans Polar Circle. He is now scientific Director of the Tara Méditerrannée expedition.

Dr Eric Karsenti

Dr Eric Karsenti


64 years, scientific director of Tara Oceans expedition, & co-director of Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition : EMBL/CNRS

Eric Karsenti studied biophysics at the University of Paris, and obtained his PhD at the Institut Pasteur (Paris) in 1979. He is an extremely experienced sailor, having taught ocean navigation in Brittany. He has made major contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms governing the cell cycle. He has also worked with physicists in developing a new approach in cell biology which  revealed how cell shape and division emerge from complex and dynamic molecular interactions. He created the Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics  at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. This is an interdisciplinary department comprised of a dozen groups, all working on the morphogenesis of cells and embryos, with specialties ranging from cell biology and genetics to the development of sophisticated new imaging methods and statistical physics. Director of Research at the CNRS and head of a research unit at EMBL, Dr. Karsenti is a member of EMBO, and the French Academy of Sciences. He was scientific director of the Tara Oceans expedition and co-director of the Tara Oceans Polar Circle.

Dr Chris Bowler

Dr Chris Bowler

48 years old, spokesman and scientific co-director of Tara Oceans Polar Circle

He is a research director at the CNRS and has been in charge since 2010, of the environmental and evolutionary genomics section at the biology Institut in the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. (iBENS, CNRS/ENS) Since 2009, he has been one of the scientific coordinator for the Tara Oceans expedition and one of the scientific directors of Tara Oceans Polar Circle. Chris Bowler is an expert in plant biology and has been recognized by the CNRS silver medal in 2010. In his lab, this scientific has studied the marine diatoms and unicellular photosynthetic protists, major parts of the plankton, that play a primary role in the marine ecosystem life. Thanks to many samples collected on board Tara during the Tara Oceans expedition, Chris Bowler is making an attempt to identify the distribution and the role of diatoms in the oceans around the planet. He, thus, tries to collect the reactions of an organism, that is at the start of the food chain for many marine species, against climate changes. 

CREW

Martin Hertau

Martin Hertau

French
Captain

David Brevault

David Brevault

French
Second

Mathieu Oriot

Mathieu Oriot

French
Deck officer

Yohann Mucherie

Yohann Mucherie

French
Chief engineer

Nadège Holtzmann

Nadège Holtzmann

French
Cook

Paul Dufay

Paul Dufay

French Sailor

Mircea Hemery

Mircea Hemery

French Sailor

SCIENTISTS COORDINATORS

Dr Christian Sardet

Dr Christian Sardet

French
Scientific director, LOV/CNRS/UPMC Villefranche
Specialty : Biologist

Dr Colomban de Vargas

Dr Colomban de Vargas

Swiss
Scientific director, CNRS/UPMC
Specialty : Biodiversity of Protists

Patrick Wincker

Patrick Wincker

French
Sequencing laboratory at Genoscope of Evry

Stefanie Kandels-Lewis

Stefanie Kandels-Lewis

German
Logistics, EMBL

Dr Emmanuel Boss

Dr Emmanuel Boss

Israeli-Franco-American
Scientific director, University of Maine

Lee Karp Boss

Lee Karp Boss

Israeli-American
Scientific coordinator, University of Maine

Dr Lars-Eric Heimbürger

Dr Lars-Eric Heimbürger

German
Coordinator of the mercury program, Geosciences Environment Toulouse (GET)/Midi-Pyrenees Observatory (OMP)

STAFF

Romain Troublé

Romain Troublé

Secretary General

With a double degree in biotechnology and business management, Romain is equally known for his sailing skills and participations in the America's Cup in 2000 and 2003. After a few years organizing polar expeditions logistics, he has been coordinating Tara Expeditions since 2004.

Philippe Clais

Philippe Clais

Member of the board of Fonds Tara

With over 50 years of experience, Philippe Clais has dominated the marine : by serving as capitan to commercial transporters, as inspector for leisure sailing, manager of a tourist harbor, and consultant for nautical industries. He is a member of the national committee for safe sailing and the higher council of sea sports, committee of capitans and officers of the merchant fleet

Éloïse Fontaine

Éloïse Fontaine

In charge of the communication

A graduate in journalism at ESJ Paris, Eloise Fontaine's career began as contributor to the site www.ledefi.com for the French during the America's Cup in Auckland. Afterwards she created an online information magazine : www.lemagazine.info becoming head of the sports section. Her adventure with "Tara Expeditions" began in 2004.

Xavier Bougeard

Xavier Bougeard

In charge of education

With a degree in biology, his career has led him towards the education for environment and sustainable development (EEDD) throughout these past 20 years. He is passionate for nature, science and loves to share his knowledge with the public and youth. He is in charge of education at Tara Expeditions.

Myriam Thomas

Myriam Thomas

In charge of special events

After spending ten years in the Hachette group, first as responsible for products direct marketing then as responsible for the promotion of the weekly magazines Version Femina and TV Hebdo, Myriam joined the Tara land based crew in 2006. She manages the special events of the expedition and is also in charge of the exhibition programme. Myriam loves nothing more than a challenge and Tara Expeditions is one of them.

André Abreu de Almeida

André Abreu de Almeida

Advocacy advisor

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andre studied Philosophy and Social Communication, with a specialization in International Relations and Economic Development in Sorbonne, Paris. He has more than 10 years of experience working with international cooperation in the domain of environmental issues. In 2003, he joined the France Libertés Foundation in Paris, where he worked for six years, two of which in the position of Development Director with participations in the UN Human Rights Council. Andre was also a speaker while part-taking in events at UNESCO (2003), UNFCCC (2008, 2009), UNHRC (2007-2009), UNCSD (2011, 2012), and the E.U Parliament (2007). In 2009 he joined the Tara Expeditions team, taking in charge the international policy & coordination.

Magali Puiseux

Magali Puiseux

Partners and Communication

Anne Ghuysen Watrin

Anne Ghuysen Watrin

Administration

Anne is part of the Tara Expeditions team since 2006.

Virgile Pesey

Virgile Pesey

Fundraiser

Virgile has fifteen years of experience in commercial development of large management agencies specialized in the
design and construction of hospitals, universities, and laboratories.
In 2012, Virgile decided to fulfill his dreams. He began searching for a great human adventure dedicated to
protecting the environment. In 2013, he joined the Tara Expeditions team.

Marc Domingos

Marc Domingos

Communication online

Brigitte Sabard

Brigitte Sabard

Coordinator of education

Brigitte Sabard has been designing and coordinating Tara Expeditions educational programs and partnerships since 2007. A consultant in environmental education and training methods for over 20 years,  she is also an assistant lecturer at the University of Dijon. As vice-president of the association “Groupe de recherche en écologie arctique,” she has participated for the past 25 years in scientific and environmental missions in Greenland, Siberia, Canada, Alaska, and the Spitsbergen. She co-directs Ecopolaris missions with her companion, researcher Olivier Gilg, and for the past 11 years, their son Vladimir. They co-organized the first Tara "test" mission in 2003 along Greenland’s northeast coast. In between expeditions,   speaking engagements, and co-organizing exhibits, Brigitte is dedicated to science education.

Bénévoles

Bénévoles

Sylvie Duboué, Philippe Duflot (school mediator), Yasmine Gemayel Letayf and Camille Degueldre (Beirut), Thierry Mansir (Medical Officer), Paola Buoso (Translation), Michael Pitiot (TV Production), Mick Byrds (Music)

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04/19/2014

Tara Mediterranean 2014 expedition departure

04/19/2014

Tara Mediterranean expedition
From April to November 2014


After more than 4 years sailing around the world and the Arctic, Tara is preparing a mission with two objectives : to accomplish a scientific study concerning plastic pollution and to promote awareness of environmental challeges in the Mediterranean Sea, cradle of our civilization.

A traveling exhibition and films will be shared with the public. We will also welcome classes aboard at each stopover. Artists will be in residence on Tara for the duration of the expedition.
We are currently looking for local partners and volunteers to work with us on organizing this campaign. Do not hesitate to contact us:  aideztara@taraexpeditions.org

Click here to learn more about the expedition and its highlights

04/10/2014

Tara's application for iPad selected in TOP of AppStore in 118 countries

04/10/2014

Tara's application is available for iPad !

Join us aboard Tara, a schooner for the planet, and experience her unique voyages on the world's oceans – in one application !


- Panoramic photos show you the boat as if you were on board.
- Learn more about Tara's expeditions via articles, photos, videos, routes of the expeditions and more!

To download it, it's free, just click here

02/28/2014

Ocean Sciences meeting

02/28/2014

The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting that took place recently in Honolulu, Hawaii (February 22 - 28, 2014) is the most important international symposium in oceanography. It brings together all the scientific disciplines (physics, chemistry, geology, biology) as well as the social sciences. Nearly 5,000 scientists attended.

Lars Stemmann, Chris Bowler, Hiroyuki Ogata, Colomban de Vargas and Emmanuel Boss – scientists involved Tara Oceans – organized a session on the integrated study of ocean ecosystems during which more than 20 researchers shared their work with a full audience. Exchanges took place concerning oceanic biodiversity (methods and estimations) and its sensitivity to changes at different scales of time and space (including transport by ocean currents). Scientists discussed their results and methods. Contacts were made to share and promote internationally the outstanding data resulting from the Tara Oceans expedition.

01/10/2014

SIGN THE PARIS APPEAL FOR THE HIGH SEAS

01/10/2014

Discover and sign Paris Appeal for the High Seas !

Your voice matters: Only a democratically-organized, international governance of the High Seas can safeguard and sustainably manage the resources of this unique realm.

Click here

07/29/2013

The Tara Oceans expedition discovers a new coral reef species from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia

07/29/2013

A new shallow water coral species, Echinophyllia tarae sp. n., is described from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. The remote and poorly known Gambier islands were explored by the Tara Oceans international research expedition in 2011. Scleractinia, also called stony corals, are ancient and structurally simple marine animals which have the ability to form hard skeletons and are involved in the build up of coral reefs. This new coral is common in the lagoon reefs of the Gambier, and was observed in muddy environments where several colonies showed partial mortality and re-growth. The paper devoted to the new species was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

More information : here

04/25/2013

Explore Google Ocean with Tara

04/25/2013

Write "Tara" on the research of Sylviaearlealliance's website
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03/21/2013

OCEANOMICS, funded by Investments for the Future

03/21/2013

02/12/2013

Tara in Nowness by Spencer Lowell

02/12/2013

Watch the video here. By Spencer Lowell (3min)

09/10/2012

Tara Expeditions Blogs

09/10/2012

Find Tara Expeditions content in our blogs in several languages : - spanish - italian - portuguese

06/21/2012

Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations speaks to Tara at Rio +20

06/21/2012

Part of the speach :

"Earlier this year, I had the chance to board the Tara Expeditions when it docked in New York.
The crew was really inspiring. They shared so much information with me about oceans and climate change. I am really grateful that they are raising awareness around the world … and I am very proud that the United Nations is supporting them.
As I stood on the Tara that day in February, I stood on the deck and looked out at downtown Manhattan. We were surrounded by skyscrapers but we had a window on the deep blue sea. It was a reminder that our worlds are connected.
I promised the crew that I would continue working with dedication for the planet’s oceans.
Now, Rio has to put more wind in our sails, so we can navigate the waves to a better future.
Let us advance for our oceans and our world."

Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012