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Wednesday, November 14 at 5 PM Paris Time 

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Two papers publishing in the journal Cell use samples and data collected during the Tara Oceans Expedition to analyze current ocean diversity across the planet, providing a baseline to better understand the future impacts of climate change on the oceans. Lucie Zinger, Chris Bowler, and colleagues report that most planktonic groups follow a gradient of diversity along latitudes, with the lowest level of diversity closest to the poles. Shinichi Sunagawa and colleagues find that microbial diversity and microbial gene expression play different roles in how ocean microbial communities respond to environmental change in different geographies. In a Perspective publishing in the journal One Earth, Joachim Claudet and colleagues examine the barriers that have prevented ocean sustainability policy changes so far and suggest strategies for leveraging the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to overcome these challenges.


Speakers will give prepared remarks for the first 15 minutes of the press conference, followed by time for questions.

  • Robert Kruger
 Deputy editor, Cell
  • Joachim Claudet 
Marine ecologist, CNRS-CRIOBE
  • Romain Troublé
 Executive director of the Tara Ocean Foundation
  • Eric Karsenti
 Cell biologist, CNRS / EMBL-EBI, Scientific Director of the Tara Oceans mission
  • Lucie Zinger
 Molecular ecologist, PSL – ENS, assistant professor
  • Chris Bowler
 Director of research, CNRS, director of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Section, Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure
  • Shinichi Sunagawa 
Professor in microbiome research, ETH Zûrich

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