Denis ALLEMAND is a Monegasque researcher specialized in Comparative Physiology and Biodiversity. He was born on July 9, 1959 in Monaco. He obtained his doctorate in 1986 at the Université de Montpellier II in pharmacological sciences and endocrinology. He is a University Professor of Animal Biology. From 1998 to 2008, he founded and directed a research group at the Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis on molecular interactions within marine symbioses and was for 4 years deputy director of the INRA - UNS Joint Unité Mixte de Recherche INRA – UNS « Réponses des Organismes aux Stress environnementaux » (80 people). Since 1989, he has also been developing a research programme within the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM) of which he has been Scientific Director since 2001. This Monegasque organization dedicated to scientific research brings together some sixty researchers, technical and administrative staff in three departments: a Marine Biology Department, a Polar Biology Department and a Medical Biology Department. His main field of research concerns the comparative physiology of marine organisms, mainly corals (reef-building corals, red coral, gorgonians...). He is co-author of more than 140 scientific articles and numerous book chapters. He supervised 12 doctoral students. He is a member of various boards: - Scientific Council of the Institut océanographique Fondation Albert Ier – Prince de Monaco, - Scientific and Technical Council of the Fondation Prince Albert II, - Scientific Council of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), - IFREMER Scientific Council, - Board of Directors of the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer.