Nicolas Spilmont

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Since sediments have the potential to form associations with several classes of pollutants, they have been recognized as a possible and significant source of contamination for the benthic environment. Flatfish maintain a close association with sediments for food and cover, and are therefore more likely to be exposed to contaminated sediments, especially in(More)
Varunid crabs Hemigrapsus sanguineus and Hemigrapsus takanoi are species native from intertidal coastal areas in North-western Pacific and have become invasive along the Atlantic European coasts. To gain insights into population genetic features, we developed and characterized 16 (H. sanguineus) and 11 (H. takanoi) novel polymorphic microsatellite loci from(More)
A two year survey of benthic primary production during periods of emersion was performed on two stations of an intertidal mudflat (a muddy-sand station and a muddy station) in the Seine Estuary (English Channel, France). The goals of this study were to investigate the seasonal variations of metabolism, to estimate daily potential primary production(More)
From 1999 to 2005, studies carried out in the frame of regional and national French programs aimed to determine whether the Phaeocystis globosa bloom affected the intertidal benthic communities of the French coast of the eastern English Channel in terms of composition and/or functioning. Study sites were chosen to cover most of the typical shore types(More)
In situ measurements of both community metabolism (primary production and respiration) and PAM fluorometry were conducted during emersion on intertidal sediments in the Mont Saint-Michel Bay, in areas where oysters and mussels were cultivated. Results highlighted a low benthic metabolism compared to other intertidal areas previously investigated with the(More)
Short-term variability in benthic community primary production was studied during the course of emersion on a study site located in the Bay of Somme (eastern English Channel, France). Primary production was estimated at the community level through in situ measurements of carbon dioxide fluxes (infra-red analysis) in benthic chambers. Throughout the emersion(More)
There is a relative absence of studies dealing with mats of purple sulphur bacteria in the intertidal zone. These bacteria display an array of metabolic pathways that allow them to disperse and develop under a wide variety of conditions, making these mats important in terms of ecosystem processes and functions. Mass blooms of purple sulphur bacteria develop(More)
This paper presents the first record of Ptilohyale littoralis (Stimpson, 1853) and Boccardia proboscidea (Hartman, 1940) from the French coast of the eastern English Channel. This record is the second for P. littoralis in European waters following a record from the Netherlands, which is suspected as the site of initial introduction from the Atlantic coast(More)
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