Paul Tréguer

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Paul J. Tréguer, emeritus professor at Université de Bretagne Occidentale, LEMAR UMR CNRS 6539 research team at the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer.

Biographical sketch

Paul J. Tréguer was born in 1942. Graduated at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes in 1995 and at the Institut d’Administration des Entreprises de Rennes in 1966, he worked at Les Renardières (Fontainebleau) for the Département Etudes et Recherches of Electricité de France (EDF) in 1966-1967. In 1967 he joined the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO) as associated professor. He became professor at UBO in 1989 and participated to or managed research teams in chemical oceanography and biogeochemistry till 2007 (retirement). He then became emeritus professor at UBO.

Paul J. Tréguer received the Ph.D. degree in chemical oceanography at the UBO in 1976. He became a marine biogeochemist, expert in nutrient cycles in various marine ecosystems, with a focus on the silica cycle and on the Southern Ocean since the 1980s. He has been member or chair of numerous scientific committees at national and international level. Examples are: (1): 1993-1997: member of the Group of Specialists GLOCHANT (Global change in Antarctica) of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), (2) 2000-2004: chair of the Southern Ocean – Joint Global Flux Study (SO-JGOFS) appointed by the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP, and Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). He chaired three international symposia on the biogeochemistry of the Southern Ocean (1990, 1995, 2000). From 2005 to 2008 he has been the scientific director of the EUR-OCEANS Network of Excellence (68 marine institute, 20 nations) on the impacts of global change on marine ecosystems, funded by the European Commission.

Paul J. Tréguer participated in 18 open ocean cruises in the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern Ocean aboard RVs Jean Charcot, Noroit, Nadir, Capricorne, Marion-Dufresne I and II, Polar Stern, Polar Duke and Roger Revelle.

Paul J. Tréguer founded the Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) under the umbrella of the UBO and of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). From 1998 to 2007 he has been nominated as Director of IUEM by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR).

Paul J. Tréguer founded in 2004 the Europole Mer (a consortium which gathers 15 marine institutes, universities and schools of engineers of Britanny). From 2007 to 2012 he chaired the Groupement d’Intérêt Scientifique (GIS) Europole Mer, acknowledged and funded by the MESR.

Paul J. Tréguer is a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO).

Paul J. Tréguer is a member of the Executive Committee (2009-2013) of the EUR-OCEANS Consortium (20 institutes, 9 nations).

Paul J. Tréguer is President of the Strategic Committee (2012- …) of the Pole Mer Bretagne, a consortium that gathers the efforts of public organisms and of private companies to promote innovation in marine sciences and technologies.


  • Médaille Georges Millot 2013 (sciences de l'univers) de l'Académie des Sciences.
  • Prix des Festivals des Films Scientifiques (Toulon 1984, Ostrava 1985, Katowice 1985) for the film "Richesses et Perturbations d'un écosystème côtier d’Europe occidentale".
  • Citation 2003 for Excellence in Refereeing for Global Biogeochemical Cycles : American Geophysical Union (AGU); El Sayed Award 2006 for contribution to Millenium Assessment.
  • Légion d’Honneur 2007.
  • Médaille de la Ville de Brest 2007.


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