Christian Sardet

plankton enthusiast

About me

My vocation as a biologist started at age13, looking at animalcules in ponds using a small microscope, a birthday gift from my grandfather. This interest for living organisms took me to study biochemistry at the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, and then to the University of California at Berkeley where I got my PhD in 1972. In the 1980s following a post-doc in Paris, I moved to the Villefranche-sur-Mer Marine Station. As a research director for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and founder of a cell and developmental biology research unit, I worked with students, post-docs and staff on the biology of gametes and fertilization and development of many marine organisms. Over the years I have contributed to more than 100 scientific publications. At the same time I have made films, DVDs, cartoons, and organized film festivals, exhibits and websites about cells and embryos for students and the general public. (See: < >)
In recent years I began to explore a wider variety of planktonic organisms in the context of the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer (OOV), a world-renowned site for the study of plankton, and the Tara Oceans Expedition, a 3-year round-the-world exploration of marine ecosystems using imaging and genomics. (See: < >)
As a founder and coordinator of the Tara Oceans Expedition, I have focused on the Plankton Chronicles project -- films, website, conferences and exhibits -- to convey the beauty and diversity of plankton (See < >). In 2012, as an emeritus CNRS researcher I will be able to contribute dynamic scientific and educational content to EOL using the scientific networks of the OOV and the Tara Oceans Expedition, and as primary source, our large collection of films and photos of protists and animal species in plankton.

My info

Full name
Christian Sardet
I am
an enthusiast, an educator, a professional scientist
Curator level
Full Curator


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Curator qualifications

1)- Researcher staff (Emeritus research director with French National Research Organization CNRS ) 2) - Author of 100 peer reviewed publications, see lab web site: 3) - Member SBCF (former president French Cell Biology Society) and SFBD (French Developmental Biology Society) ex member ELSO, ASCB.
Curation scope
Planktonic organisms: Protists: Dinoflagellata, Diatoma, Heliozoa, Radiolaria, Acantharia and Animalia: Cnidaria, Ctenophora, Urochordata, Mollusca