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Philippe Cury


Directeur du Centre de Recherche Halieutique Méditerranéenne et Tropicale

Ph.D., University of Paris VII-Jussieu
Biomathematics, 1989

Research Expertise

Ecosystem Approaches To Fisheries
Small Pelagic Fish
Ecosystem Indicators




Philippe CURY is senior scientist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement). He is the Director of the CRH (Centre de Recherche Halieutique Méditerranéenne et Tropicale) based in Sète France (www.CRH-sete.org), and of the UMR-EME 212 IRD-Ifremer and University Montpellier 2. He is the scientific coordinator of the Eur-Oceans Consortium that leads research on building scenarios for marine ecosystems at the European level. He has a PHD in Biomathematics (University of Paris VII-Jussieu, Paris - 1989) and an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in 2007 at the University of Montpellier 2.

Since 1980, he worked in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, California and South Africa to analyse the effect of climate on fisheries and how to implement the ecosystem approach to fisheries. He has publishedmore than 120 peer-reviewed articles in the main international journals (Science, TREE, Canadian Journal of Aquatic Science, Ecology Letters, Fish and Fisheries, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Fisheries Oceanography….) and produced 9 books or book chapters. Along his career he has received several distinctions such as The National Scientific Philip Morris Prize obtained in 1991 (Life Science Prize), The National Scientific “Mé'daille d'Océanographie Française” obtained in 1995 from the scientific committee of the Prince Albert Monaco Museum of Oceanography and the Gilchrist medal obtained in 2002 (South African Marine Award usually given to best South African Marine Scientist every four years). In 2008, he published a book for a large audience entitled 'une mer sans poisons' that is now translated in Japanese, Chinese and Catalan. He recently published 'Global Seabird Response to Forage Fish Depletion--One-Third for the Birds' Science 334, 1703 (2011) that provides a limit reference point for preserving food for seabirds in marine ecosystems.


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Recent Selected Publcations

Cury,P.M., Boyd,I.L., Bonhommeau, S., Anker-Nilssen, T., Crawford, R.J.M., Furness, R.W., Mills, J.A., Murphy, E.J., Ôsterblom, H., Paleczny, M., Piatt, J.F., Roux, J-P, Shannon, L. and Sydeman, W.J. (2011) Global seabird response to forage fish depletion – one-third for the birds. Science 334(6063): 1703–1706.

Cury P. et Y. Miserey, 2008. Une mer sans poissons. Calmann-Lévy. 257pp.

Cury, P. M., Y.-J. Shin, B. Planque, J.M. Durant, J.-M. Fromentin, S. Kramer-Schadt, N. Ch. Stenseth, M.Travers, and V.r Grimm. 2008. Ecosystem Oceanography for global change in fisheries. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. In press ( June).

Travers, M., Y.-J. Shin, L. Shannon, and P. Cury. 2006. Simulating and testing the sensitivity of ecosystem-based indicators to fishing in the southern Benguela ecosystem. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63: 943-956.

Cury, P., P. Fréon, C. Moloney, L. Shannon, and Y.-J. Shin. 2005. Processes and patterns of interactions in marine fish populations: an ecosystem perspective. In The SEA: Ideas and Observations on Progress in the study of the Seas. The global coastal ocean: multiscale interdisciplinary processes (A. Robinson and K. Brink Eds.). Chapter 14 Harvard University Press, Cambridge: 475-554.

Cury, P., V. Christensen, and N. Daan (eds.) 2005. Quantitative ecosystem indicators for fisheries management. I C E S Journal of Marine Science 62: 307-614.

Shin, Y.-J. and P. Cury. 2004. Using an individual-based model of fish assemblages to study the response of size spectra to changes in fishing. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61 (02): 414-431.

Cury, P., L.J. Shannon, and Y-J Shin. 2003. The functioning of marine ecosystems: a fisheries perspective. In Sinclair M and G Valdimarsson. Responsible Fisheries in the marine ecosystem. CAB International, Wallingford: 103-123.

Mullon, C., P. Cury, and P. Penven. 2002. Evolutionary Individual-Based Model for the Recruitment of the Anchovy in the southern Benguela. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59: 910-922.

Cury, P., A. Bakun, R.J.M. Crawford, A. Jarre-Teichmann, R. A. Quiñones, L. J. Shannon, and H. M. Verheye. 2000. Small pelagics in upwelling systems: Patterns of interaction and structural changes in “wasp-waist” ecosystems.

Academic Press, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Symposium Edition 57(3): 603-618.

Bakun, A. and P. Cury. 1999. The "school trap": a mechanism promoting large-amplitude out-of-phase population oscillations of small pelagic fish species. Ecology Letters 2(6): 349-351.

Cury, P., C. Roy, R. Mendelssohn, A. Bakun, D.M. Husby and R.H. Parrish. 1995. Moderate is better: exploring nonlinear climatic effect on Californian anchovy. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 121: 417-424.