Amsterdam Island


Amsterdam is a small (55 km2) oceanic island in subtropical waters. Fur Seals occur everywhere on the coastline, including a study colony near the French station.
Study areas of Yellow-nosed and Amsterdam Albatrosses are located on the western side of the island.
Scientific Programmes

Long-term studies
Long-term demographic studies of Fur Seals and  Albatrosses (Yellow-nosed, Amsterdam and Sooty Albatrosses)
Population monitoring of Rockhopper Penguins
Specific studies
Feeding ecology of Fur Seals and Albatrosses
Demography of Albatrosses
Pathology of Albatrosses


Crozet Archipelago


A group of 5 small to medium-sized subantarctic islands (totalizing 350 km2) with a cool oceanic climate, located in the roaring forties. Huge populations of seabirds with millions of individuals breed on each of these marine 'oasis'.
Study colonies are located on Possession island in the vicinity of the French station, thus making easier scientific investigations.
Scientific programmes

Long-term studies
Wandering Albatrosses: the whole population of Possession Island is monitored since 1960 (each individual is banded)
Sooty Albatrosses, White-chinned Petrels: demographic studies
Monitoring of all the populations of Albatrosses, and of those of King Penguins and marine mammals (Amsterdam and Kerguelen Fur Seals, and Elephant Seals)
Specific studies
Feeding ecology of Wandering Albatrosses and Fur Seals
Populations dynamics, relationships with fisheries

Kerguelen Archipelago


A very large subantarctic archipelago (7200 km2) in the roaring forties, with a cool oceanic climate. The station is located inside a large bay in eastern Kerguelen. Hence, the weather is less windy and rainy than on the western coast.
Scientific programmes

Long-term studies
Study colonies of many seabirds are located on a small island (Ile Mayes), which is free of introduced rats, cats and rabbits. It lies inside the large "Golfe du Morbihan (a one-hour trip by boat from the station).
Long-term monitoring of small to large-sized Petrels, Skuas and Sheathbills
Studies on the mainland (Grande Terre):
Long-term monitoring and Capture-Mark-Recapture on Black-browed Albatrosses and Wandering Albatrosses
Long-term monitoring of Elephant Seals and Penguins
Specific studies
Trophic segregation within the seabird community and relationships with the pelagic ecosystem
Feeding ecology
Populations dynamics


Scientific programmes at these three localities are supported financially and logistically by the French polar institute (IPEV)

Equipe Ecologie des Oiseaux et Mammifères Marins