Maggy Nugues, PhD

Benthos (Coral & Algae)


Dr. Maggy Nugues is Associate Professor at the USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE-CRIOBE since 2011 where she holds a chaire d’excellence CNRS. She has over 15 years of experience in the study of Caribbean and Indo-Pacific coral reef ecosystems and expert knowledge on the processes and mechanisms regulating the dynamics of benthic reef organisms, in particular corals and algae. Her research has revealed the species-specific nature of coral-algal interactions, the existence of defensive mechanisms between corals and algae, and the potential of macroalgae to trigger coral disease. A core component of her work is to elucidate the role of benthic algae in reef degradation and resilience, with a view to developing realistic, practical solutions for reef conservation. She has published 21 publications in high rank international peer-reviewed journals and has supervised or co-supervised 19 students, including 3 PhD thesis. She has extensive experience in programme management as work-package leader and principal investigator in the EU-funded project FORCE ( and was coordinator of the coral reef clusters in SPICE II and LANCET. Before joining her current institution, Maggy worked as research scientist at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology in Germany and as postdoctoral fellow in the East Kalimantan Project at Royal NIOZ in the Netherlands. In 2004, she was appointed as Research Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in the US. She holds a PhD in Environmental Management from the University of York in England and worked as Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow between 2002 and 2004.


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