The Marine Geosciences Team at IPGP has a staff of ~ 40 people, including permanent scientists, students and postdocs, and administrative and technical staff. Our ofus is the study of the seafloor and the oceanic crust, and the processes that shape it and operate within it, from the mid-ocean ridge system to the subduction zones where it is recycled into the mantle. We thus focus our research both in fundamental scientific problems (origin and evolution of the crust, nature of volcanism and faulting), and applied research (exploration geophysics related to resources). To achieve this we have a multidisciplinary approach, including geology, petrology, geochemistry, and geophysics.
Our main scientific activity is based on oceanographic cruises to explore areas of interest world wide. We also maintain and develop instrumentation for deep-sea geological and geophysical studies, including marine ocean bottom seismometers (Parc OBS), autonomous temperature sensors, chemical sensors, and curremetmeters for hydrothermal studies. Our Group is also involved in the management and maintenance of the EMSO-Azores deep-sea seafloor observatory. Information our our upcoming seminar (open to all and taking place at IPGP) is available here (and past ones as well as IPGP's other seminars here).