Xavier Cousin is an INRA senior scientist working at Ifremer. After an initial training in molecular and developmental biology, he has progressively developed his activity centered on the understanding the effects of stressors on fish physiology. He is focusing on functions or processes, in particular behavior and reproduction, essential for individual abilities to contribute to population and on the identification of underlying molecular mechanisms. In the last years he has coordinated or has been involved in national and EU projects aiming at understanding the effects of lifelong exposure to several pollutants mixtures on fish physiology and the consequences on their offspring over several generations.
Marie-Laure Bégout is a senior scientist working at Ifremer since 2002, conducting research on fish adaptation to environmental challenges. This encompasses studying fish behavioral responses (including coping style) to different contexts either culture conditions or natural environment challenges including pollutants. Her research interests are either with an applied focus such as fish welfare and/or an environmental perspective: understanding coping ability, contributing to modeling fish individual and population traits including life history traits. She has participated in several EU research programs on fish welfare (FP6: WEALTH, SEAFOODplus, FASTFISH, BENEFISH; FP7 COPEWELL) and is WP leader in the ongoing ERANET WINFISH project.
Bastien Sadoul is a postdoctoral researcher investigating the effects of the environment on coping abilities in fish, with an emphasis on the stress axis. By describing temporal behavioral and physiological responses to environmental challenges, he characterizes the allostatic load of the animals in a context of welfare and sustainable aquaculture. His recent efforts to integrate within a unique modeling framework the multiple responses to environmental challenges are helping to understand the drivers of metabolic trade-offs. Bastien has helped on national or EU research programs (AQUAEXCEL), and has been involved in a Canadian Strategic Project (NSERC).