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Several of the University of Caen's laboratories work in the field of environmental science:

- CREC (marine research station)
- GEOPHEN (coast and environment)
- GEGER (regional environment)
- LME (environmental microbiology)



The CREC (Environmental Research Centre) – Luc-sur-Mer marine research station:

The marine station is located on the coast at Luc-sur-Mer. The station welcomes lecturers-researchers and PhD students from three of the university's renowned research teams working in the field of marine biology and physiology as well as geology and coastal evolution.


GEOPHEN (GEOgraphy PHysics and ENvironment):

Caen-based division of the CNRS mixed research team 6554: LETG (Coast, Environment, Remote sensing, geomatics)
The laboratory provides services, in particular in the field of grain size distribution (laser), the production of thin soil plates and topographic surveys (DGPS). Environmental studies (water, soil), sediment analysis; topographic surveys (GPS); sedimentological analyses (thin sectioning, grain size distribution)


The GEGER (Regional Geosciences and Environmental study Group):

The research team conducts regional environmental studies; protection and development of the region's geological heritage; geological mapping; fundamental research on the Armorican bedrock and the Paris basin overburden.
Know-how and economic and industrial applications: cartographic inventory of resources (aggregates, sand, water); geologic mapping; geological quarry studies; risk prevention (landslides, cliff erosion).
A few examples of industrial and economic partnerships:
BRGM (Geological and Mining Research Bureau); Normandy Directorate for the Environment; Caen Town Council quarry services.


The LME (Environmental Microbiology Laboratory):

Government approved research team, under INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research) contract 2017 – EA 956
The unit's research themes are as follows:
Bacteria / environment interaction studies; Physiological (micro-organism adaptation to varying situations), biochemical (protein pattern modification) and genetic (characterisation of certain genes potentially playing a major role in response) gene expression regulation systems in response to environmental changes for lactic bacteria.
Cloning, sequencing and inactivation of genes provides an answer to the following question: what role do genes play in the dialogue between bacteria and their environment?
A few examples of industrial and economic partnerships:
Agence de l’eau Seine Normandie (water board), ADRIA (Association for the development of Food Research and Innovation) Normandie, Inter-profession cidricole (cider-producers) …





  • Canot du CREC
  • Logo GEOPHEN
  • GPS capteur
  • Station météo