Dr. Jean Jaubert: Reef Keeping Ecology | MACNA 2018

October 25th, 2018
Jean Jaubert has been keeping marine aquarium for more than 50 years. His fascination for the underwater world and aquarium hobby started in the middle of the fifties. This fascination took roots in his youth spent paddling in the crystal waters of the South Coasts of the Western Mediterranean Sea and using live sand and live rocks to balance seawater tanks. In 1956, when he saw the first Jacques Cousteau’s 35mm film, his fascination turned into a real passion. And 9 years later, as a M. Sc. student, he met the famous oceanographer in the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and stroke up a friendship with famous members of his team such as Claude Wesly (chief diver) and Canoe Kienzy (pilot of the diving saucers).

In 1979, he invented the ecological purification process later known under the name of MICROCEAN® or JAUBERT NNR SYSTEM and became the first scientist able to raise reef corals in closed-circuit aquariums. A few years later his laboratory-cloned Stylophora became as a new kind of lab-rat. In 1991, while Jean Jaubert was Professor of marine biology at the University of Nice, the Council of Europe and the Principality of Monaco commissioned him to establish the European Oceanographic Center, a new research center hosted by the Oceanographic Museum and tasked with uncovering the causes behind degradation of reefs and other major problems.

He quickly raised this center to a world-famous level of excellence demonstrated by a number of papers published in the best scientific magazines and reference journals such as Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA). The main discoveries of his teams concern the way coral reefs contribute to the maintenance of great balances of biosphere and the fact that rising CO2 levels and warming temperatures, inhibit calcification and may lead to the regression of many reefs. In 1998, using a vessel, the Golden Shadow, and a seaplane lent by H.R.H Prince Khaled bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, Jean Jaubert organized very high-resolution air-borne remote sensing operations that enabled scientists to draw the first comprehensive maps of the terrible impact of EL Niño on the coral reefs of the South Pacific Ocean.

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