Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
SAF Archives  search ask the scientists in the classroom cool science
scientists from previous shows
cool careers in science
ask the scientists

Photo of Alexandre Meinesz Alexandre Meinesz

See Alexandre Meinesz answers to Ask the Scientists questions.

Alexandre Meinesz has been Professor of Biology at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis for 12 years, and Director of the Laboratoire Environnement Marin Littoral for 14 years. He was awarded a PhD in 1980 (his thesis topic was the Caulerpales of Mediterranean Sea), and he has authored more than 160 scientific papers and three books. His most recent book is Le Roman Noir de l'algue tueuse (1997, Ed. Belin, Paris; translated by D. Simberloff: Killer Algae, Chicago University Press, 1999). His areas of expertise include marine invasive algae (Caulerpa taxifolia), evaluation of reclamation impact, mapping marine littoral ecosystems and transplantation of seagrass beds.

Dr. Meinesz is a professional diver who has made nearly 5000 dives in the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea (Aqaba, Djedah, Yambu), Persic Gulf (Abu Dhabi), tropical Atlantic Ocean (Guadeloupe, St. Marteen, Virgin Islands), tropical Pacific Ocean (Tahiti, Tuamotu, Ishigaki -Japan), temperate Pacific Ocean (Seto Inland Sea: Hiroshima). As an Aquanaut with NOAA-USA, he has twice spent one-week periods in Hydrolab (-15m in the Virgin Islands). As a Marine officer (Lieutenant de Vaisseau), he has made 20 dives in a pocket submarine "Griffon" (-500m).

Dr. Meinesz has been a member of the scientific advisory board of three marine parks for 20 years: the National park of Port-Cros; Natural park of Scandola (Corsica); and President of the scientific committee of the natural parks of Lavezzi and Cerbicale (Corsica). For the past ten years, he has also been President of the Environment Commission of the Economical and Social Council of the region Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur (4.7 million inhabitants) and Administrator of the Agency for the Environment of the region Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur.


Scientific American Frontiers
Fall 1990 to Spring 2000
Sponsored by GTE Corporation,
now a part of Verizon Communications Inc.