Dr. Antoine De Ramon N’Yeurt
Course currently taught: EV 426 (Semester II 2012)
Tel: (+679 323 2023)
Fax: (+679 323 2891)
Job title: Research Fellow
Job responsibilities and teaching interests: Dr. Antoine de Ramon N’Yeurt is primarily involved in the identification, funding and implementation of research questions in the broad area of climate change and the marine environment. He is also involved in Climate Change Adaptation within the USP GCCA Project and in the development and teaching of a course in Ecology and Climate Change for the Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change program at PACE-SD.
Research Centre or Group:
USP Research Cluster 1(Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation)
Information for prospective research students:
Dr. Antoine De Ramon N’Yeurt has supervised or co-supervised postgraduate students in the areas of marine plant systematics, issues of rising seawater temperature and ocean acidification for calcified algae, phytoplankton distribution and biodiversity in freshwater and brackish river habitats, and general issues relating to climate change and marine ecosystems.
Research, scholarly and professional interests:
· Marine Ecosystems and Climate Change – The effect of rising seawater temperatures, higher atmospheric CO2 levels and ocean acidification on marine organisms, in particular calcified marine plants, in coral reefs, seagrass meadows and mangrove habitats.
· Marine fertilisers and Biofuels – The conversion of marine biomass from algae and seagrass intofertilisers and biofuels such as biomethane as a sustainable source of renewable energy for local communities. Pilot project (proposal stage): “Pacific community development through fertiliser production and biofuel generation from the red seaweed Gracilariaedulis and other marine plants”.
· Adaptation to climate change – Methods to address issues related to coastal erosion and sea-level rise at the community level in regional countries. Pilot project (proposal stage): “Severe coastal erosion of the Laucala Beach Industrial and Residential area, Fiji”.
· Monitoring of climate data in marine habitats – Using high-accuracy sensors to monitor seawater temperature in coral reef habitats in the region.
· Marine Botany and Taxonomy – The biodiversity and classification of marine algae and seagrasses in the Pacific region.
· Phytobiogeography – The geographical distribution and dispersal of marine plants across the South Pacific region
Sponsors and collaborators:
· Institut de Recherche pour le Develloppement (IRD), Nouméa, New Caledonia (marine plant biodiversity and taxonomy)
· POD Energy Inc., California, USA (marine biofuels)
· Government of France - SPC (seawater temperature monitoring in Fiji)
Current funded projects and major grants:
· Monitoring of seawater temperature data for coral reefs in the Fiji Islands – Collaboration with the GOPS, SPC and IRD in New Caledonia
Awarding body (2012-2014): Government of France / Pacific Fund
Amount: 6000 Euros
External academic and professional activity:
- Marine flora of the Cook Islands – Collaboration with the Bishop Museum of Hawaii
- A revision of the red algal genus Dudresnaya in the tropical Pacific region – Collaboration with IRD, Nouméa, New Caledonia