Yves Frenot

Director of the French Polar Institute

Yves Frenot is Director of Research at CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) and Director of the French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor (IPEV), located in Brest.

His scientific activity, started in 1982, was dedicated to the terrestrial ecology of the subantarctic islands (Crozet, Kerguelen, Amsterdam). In particular, his interest focused on the impacts of human activities and climate changes on the exceptional subantarctic biodiversity established in these very sensible ecosystems, at the interface of temperate and polar environments. He participated in more than 15 expeditions in 20 years, working more precisely on the colonization processes on the glaciers forelands at Kerguelen Islands. He was also involved in several projects of eradication of introduced vertebrate mammals (cattle at Amsterdam Island, rabbit at Kerguelen Islands) in order to study the restoration capacities of these degraded ecosystems. More recently, he initiated a large survey of alien plant and invertebrate species in the French subantarctic Islands and their impact. Due to his knowledge in these ecosystems and in their current biological invasion processes, Yves Frenot is one of the world experts in polar and subpolar environments.

From 2003 to 2009 he was deputy director of IPEV and acted as chief scientist at the French Polar Institute. In early 2010, he was appointed director of IPEV, the institute which has the responsibility for several research infrastructures: the French-German base AWIPEV in Spitsbergen, the Dumont d’Urville station in Terre Adélie, the French-Italian station Concordia on the high plateau of Antarctica, as well as two oceanographic vessels, the Marion-Dufresne, the largest oceanographic vessel in France, and L’Astrolabe, an ice-class vessel used for the French Antarctic station resupply. IPEV is also in charge of the support and implementation of scientific research in the French subantarctic islands, Crozet, Kerguelen, Amsterdam and Saint-Paul islands.

Yves Frenot has been involved in the French delegation at ATCM since 2003 and he was chair of the Committee for Environmental Protection (CEP) from 2010 to 2014. In addition, he is currently vice chair of COMNAP (Council of Mangers of National Antarctic Programmes) and member of the executive board of the European Polar Board.