Lasserre, marine biologist, is professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie
Paris VI. He received his PhD (Docteur ès-Sciences Naturelles) from the University
of Bordeaux I (1977).
Assistant-professor at the Institute of marine biology, Arcachon, he was awarded several
fellowships, in Denmark, Sweden, Bermuda, he was Research associate at the Marine
Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and at the Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort,
NC, USA. From 1982 to 1993, he served as the
of the CNRS Station Biologique de Roscoff, de 1983 à 1993
one of the
leading marine research centres in Europe. Dr Pierre Lasserre was on secondment at UNESCO,
from 1993 to 2003, and he served, successively, as the Director of Ecological Sciences
Division and Secretary of the intergovernmental Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, and
as the Director of the UNESCOs Regional Office for Science and Technology in Europe
(ROSTE) in Venice.
research has included pioneering studies on marine biodiversity and ecophysiology of
marine meiofauna; and on the role of microorganisms on fluxes of materials and energy in
marine sediments. Furthermore he has contributed research on osmotic and ionic regulation
in fish and on aquaculture. With his many PhD students and colleagues, Dr Pierre Lasserre
has conducted comprehensive research projects in coastal environments along the Atlantic
coast and the Mediterranean, North and West Africa, Mexico, the Kerguelen islands and the
East China Sea. In the early 90s, he coordinated an international project on the
Venice Lagoon Ecosystem.
Lasserre is author of more than 100 articles and several books, e.g. "The Coastal
Lagoons" (Gauthier-Villars); "Biogeochemical Processes at the Land-Sea Boundary
(Elsevier), "The Venice Lagoon Ecosystem" (Parthenon Press),
"Reconstruction of Scientific Cooperation in South East Europe" (UNESCO-ROSTE).
He has been the Editor in chief of "Cahiers de Biologie Marine" (CNRS) and of
"Nature and Resources" (UNESCO). He acted as science advisor of several TV
movies in field and edited successful series of educational wall charts and CD-ROM on
biodiversity research and conservation.
Lasserre has fulfilled a number of international duties and responsibilities for
organisations such as IUBS (Executive Committee member), IABO (President 1983-93), SCOR
(ex-officio member of Executive Committee and several SCOR Working Groups,). He
represented ICSU in the preparatory Working Parties on Oceans for UNCED (1991-92) and
attended the ASCEND 21 meeting in Vienna (1991) and the Rio de Janeiro World Summit (1992)
as invited speaker. He is a co-founder member of the European network of Marine Research
Stations (MARS). He was elected in 1989 Member of the Academia Europaea.
During his 10
years secondment at UNESCO, Pierre Lasserre has actively participated in the launching of
the DIVERSITAS Programme, and the organization of the Seville Conference (1995) on the
World Network of Biosphere Reserves, a landmark in the MAB Programme. He has been
instrumental in science policy and capacity building projects in developing countries, and
he organized in 2001 the important UNESCO initiative on scientific cooperation in the
South East Europe (Balkans), in cooperation with the Academia Europaea, the European
Science Foundation and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti.