The GDR LiGA in a nutshell

The GDR LiGA is a French scientific research network which brings together about 60 researchers who study the coastal ecosystems of French Guiana, South America.

This research network was created for 4 years (2014-2017) to
foster scientific concertation and interdisciplinary programs.
The aim is to build a cross-disciplinary vision to set up and lead scientific programs.

Installation d'instrumentation scientifique sur une vasière, banc de Kourou © SLesourd
Set-up of scientific instrumentation on a mudflat, Kourou mudbank
© SLesourd

The scientific strategy is organized in the following 5 areas of

1. Coastal and estuarine waters: environmental variability and
fisheries biodiversity

Leaders: Vincent Vantrepotte (CNRS Guyane) and Fabian Blanchard (Ifremer).

2. Diversity, dynamics and functioning of French Guiana coastal ecosystems: from mudflats to mangrove forests
Leaders: Emma Michaud (LEMAR) and Sandric Lesourd (M2C).

3. Trophic networks, contaminants, bioindicator species
Leaders: Olivier Chastel (CEBC) and Paco Bustamante (LIENSs).

4. Vulnerability of the French Guiana coast
Leaders: Valérie Morel (DyRT) and Philippe Cuny (MIO).

5. Methods, tools and models
Leaders: Christophe Proisy (AMAP) and Thomas Stieglitz (TropWATER, James Cook University, Australia).

The LiGA research network is co-directed by:

See also: Incubator for interdisciplinarity in French Guiana with a yearly call for projects on ‘coasts and marine turtles’.