Welcome to the Centre for Biological Studies of Chizé

UMR 7372
An ecological research station to meet environmental issues


50 years of research in ecology

For half a century, the main objective of our work has been to identify the mechanisms and processes that regulate the dynamics of biodiversity. Our research perspectives are set in the context of sustainable management of natural resources, covering both land and species management, whether threatened, invasive or exploited.
Discover the CEBC thanks to this film made on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the CEBC in 2018 by Aurélien Prudor (Wild Talks).

A field station in the heart of the forest

With 5500 m² of buildings, the CEBC is an ecological research station located in the heart of its study sites: the Chizé forest, the agricultural area of the plain and the Sèvre valley as well as the bocage landscape


On campus in the historic buildings, 26 rooms and dormitories offer 40 places


Conference rooms, nice restaurant with two great cooks serving 120 covers per day, big garden


CEBC is active in many trainings. Both in academic and field work practices.


Within the framework of scientific collaborations, technical platforms are made available to accompany the protocols

Innovative technical platforms

Our biological analysis platforms, experimental and bio-logging facilities enable us to study a wide range of animal species


Polar Zones

The CEBC has been studying polar ecosystems for more than 65 years. These long-term programs focus on birds and marine mammals as ecological indicators of global change

Hivernage 2021

The VSC recruitment campaign is open


The long term program 109 : Birds and Marine Mammals Sentinels of Global Change in the Southern Ocean

Photos exhibitions

Young biologists spend more than a year in Antarctica. Look at Virgil Decourteille and Florent Lacoste photos

Citizen Sciences

 “Mon village de biodiversité”is a project that enable people to take ownership of their territory  to get involved in collective management of biodiversity

The Snake Discovery Workshops allow youngsters to become aware of local wildlife and to change their perception of little-known species.

Every two years the CEBC opens its doors on the occasion of the Science Festival. This year, because of Covid the event is cancelled


Seabirds detoxify mercury ingested in their diet

Naturally highly exposed to methylmercury, top predators of high trophic level had to evolve to counteract the effects of this powerful neurotoxic. Thus, seabirds are able to detoxify methylmercury with[…]

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Ocean Sentinel’s flight rewarded by Europe

Ocean Sentinel receives the Horizon Impact 2020 Award for its new concept of monitoring illegal fishing. Read more

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Whales, from Bangudae to La Rochelle

Whales hold a special place on our blue planet! The exhibition at the Museum of La Rochelle, with the participation of the PELAGIS observatory, proposes a dive among these fascinating[…]

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The CEBC in films

In recent years, Aurélien Prudor has directed numerous documentaries that tell the story of how science is made. Discover the CEBC researches in video

How to come to the CEBC

The CEBC is located in the department of Deux-Sèvres in the New Aquitaine region

By train : Niort or Beauvoir-sur-Niort stations

By plane : Bordeaux, Nantes, Poitier and La Rochelle airports


CEBC, 405 Route de Prissé la Charrière, 79360 Villiers-en-Bois


+33 (0)5 49 09 61 11