Chris Bowler is research director at the CNRS and director of the Plant and Algae Genomics laboratory at Institut de biologie de l'École normale supérieure in Paris. He obtained his doctorate from Ghent University in Belgium, followed by postdoctoral studies at Rockefeller University in New York. In 1994 he established his own laboratory working on signaling in higher plants and marine diatoms at the Stazione Zoologica in Naples, Italy, and in 2002 he took up his current role in Paris. He has been a member of EMBO since 1995, received the CNRS silver medal in 2010, the ERC Advanced Awards in 2012 and 2018 and the Louis D Foundation prize from the Institut de France in 2015. In 2018 he was elected member of the Académie d'Agriculture de France. His main research interest is the understanding of the response of plants and marine diatoms to environmental signals, through functional and comparative genomics. He is one of the scientific coordinators of the Tara Oceans project aimed at exploring the biodiversity, ecology and evolution of plankton in the world's oceans.