Professional experience

Since Sept. 2010. Professor in biogeochemistry and marine chemistry, Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat : Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN-IPSL), Sorbonne Université (ex- Université Pierre et Marie Curie UPMC, Paris, France). Permanent position as « Professeur des Universités » (2010-2013 PR 2CL. ; 2013 – 2019 PR 1CL. – Since Sept. 2019 PR CL EXc 1.).

Oct. 07- Aug. 2010. First assistant (Dpt. Geology and Mineralogy, Africamuseum, Tervuren, Belgium). Main research project: Tracing and Integrated Modeling of Natural and Anthropogenic Effects on Hydrosystems: The Scheldt River Basin and Adjacent Coastal North Sea (TIMOTHY Interuniversity Attraction Poles, Belgian Science Policy Office, BELSPO).

Oct. 06 – Sept. 07 Research Programme Officer (European Commission, DG Research, Unit Climate change and environmental risks).

00-Sept. 06 First assistant (Dpt. Geology and Mineralogy, Africamuseum, Tervuren). Main research projects: Silicon cycle in the Congo Basin: The isotopic approach. (Action 1, BELSPO) and BELCANTO II Network (Belgian Research on the Carbon uptake in the Antarctic Ocean): Assessing the sensitivity of the Southern Ocean’s biological pump to climate change- Isotopic tracers and trace elements. Second scientific support plan for a sustainable development policy (SPSD II, BELSPO).

98-99 Assistant (Africamuseum) Main research project: BELCANTO I Network. An integrated approach to assess carbon dynamics in the Southern Ocean. Fourth Belgian Antarctic Programme (ANTAR-IV, BELSPO).

96-97  Post-doctoral fellowship as cooperative assistant from the French Embassy to India (Chemical Oceanic Division, National Institute of Oceanography, NIO, Goa, India, 16 months). Relationships between trace elements in the sediments and biogeochemistry of the water column in the Arabian Sea.

92-95  – Ph. D. fellowship (CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France, 3 years). Preparation of Ph. D. thesis. Reconstitutions of oceanic paleoenvironnments by the analyses of trace elements (Cd, U, Sr) in corals and planktonic foraminifera. Ph.D. advisors: Profs. E. Bard & B. Hamelin.

            – Teaching assistant (moniteur CIES, Toulon University, France, 3 yrs). Teaching (64h/yr) to undergraduate students of labwork in chemistry.

Academic, scientific and administrative responsibilities

On-going duties

  • 2022- Coordinator of Master Sciences de la Mer of Sorbonne Université.
  • 2018- Member of the Training Committee of the EUR (« Ecole Universitaire de Recherche« ) Climate Graduate School of Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace. Coordinator with Estelle Fournel of the e-courses to be developed for Master students. 
  • 2017 – Member of the « Comité de Direction (Chargé de mission) », LOCEAN laboratory.
  • 2017- In charge of the track « Fonctionnement des Écosystèmes Marins et Changements Globaux » with Laure Mousseau of Master Sciences de la Mer.
  • 2011- Elected member of « Conseil National des Universités« , Section 37 (climate, oceanography and environment; 2011-2015 and since 2019 as Suppléant; 2015-2019 as Titulaire).
  • 2010- Member of the pedagogic team of the speciality “Oceanography and Marine Environments” (Master Sciences de la Mer since 2017) of Master SDUEE of UPMC / Sorbonne Université.

Past duties

  • 2018-2021 Chair of French National Action “CYBER – Cycles Biogéochimiques – Environnement – Ressources” (Action du Programme national Inter-organismes LEFE – Les Enveloppes Fluides et l’Environnement: CNRS INSU, IRD, CNES, IFREMER, ADEME, CEA,…).
  • 2018-2021 Member of the Scientific Committee of Programme national Inter-organismes LEFE – Les Enveloppes Fluides et l’Environnement).
  • 2012-2021 Board member of the Scientific Committee of the French National Programme “CYBER – Cycles Biogéochimiques – Environnement – Ressources”.
  • 2013-2021 Deputy representative of UPMC / Sorbonne Université at the Scientific Council of the French Marine University Network .
  • 2014-2019. Representative of UPMC / Sorbonne Université at the Scientific Council of Doctoral School “Environmental Sciences – Ile de France” (ED129).
  • 2017-2019. Coordinator (with Estelle Fournel) of the pedagogic project e-CaIPSuL of Labex Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace to design ca. 40 Small Private Online Courses for undergraduate students in the field of climate, oceanography, paleoclimatology, and atmospheric sciences.
  • 2013-2018. Elected member (suppléant) of LOCEAN’s Laboratory Council (Ocean & Climate lab).
  • 2017-2018 Coordinator (with Florence Le Cornec) of the pedagogic project « APPLab: L’ Apprentissage Par Problèmes en Laboratoire Environnement » of Sorbonne Universités to develop active (Problem-Based Learning approach) and practical training of BSc., engineers and M Sc. students in environmental sciences.
  • 2012-2016. Deputy Director of the UFR Earth – Environment – Biodiversity of UPMC
  • 2011-2016. Elected member of the Council of the Faculty Earth – Environment – Biodiversity of UPMC, member of the Pedagogic Commission, the Scientific Commission and of the Staff Commission.
  • 2013-2016. Member of the LOCEAN Scientific Council.
  • 2009-2012. Member of the Management Committee of the GEOTRACES COST Action (ES0801) on « The Ocean Chemistry of bioactive trace elements and paleoclimate proxies » and of the Working Groups “Training” and “Inter-calibration”.
  • 2012. In charge of the Training School “Are your GEOTRACES data reliable? A 3-day essential training school on data quality of marine trace elements and isotopes. » (30 May – 1st June, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, European Commission, Geel, Belgium) attended by 21 trainees from 11 countries.


2008: Habilitation à Diriger les Recherches (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III, 01/12/2008) “Etude des cycles biogéochimiques du carbone et du silicium par une approche multi-traceurs”. Jury: Prof. Jean-Louis Dandurand, Prof. Bernard Quéguiner, Dr. Beate Orberger, Prof. Roger François, Prof. Christiane Lancelot, et Dr. Catherine Jeandel.

92/96   Thèse de doctorat en géochimie et géosciences de l’environnement (CEREGE, Aix-Marseille III Université, 23/02/1996. « Reconstitution des paléoenvironnements océaniques par l’analyses des éléments en traces (Cd, Sr, U) dans les carbonates marins (coraux et foraminifères planctoniques)« . Jury: Prof. Edouard Bard (co-directeur de thèse), Prof. Bruno Hamelin (directeur de thèse), Dr. Anne Juillet-Leclerc, Dr. Jacques Récy, Prof. Jean Jouzel et Dr. Jürgen Pätzold.

91/92   Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (~M. Sc.) en Chimie de l’environnement et santé, option chimie (U. Aix-Marseille I et échange de 12 mois avec l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

90/91   Maîtrise de Chimie analytique et sciences de l’environnement (U. Aix-Marseille I).

89/90   Licence de Sciences  Chimiques et Biologiques (~B. Sc.; U. Aix-Marseille I).

87/89   Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie de Chimie. Université d’Aix-Marseille III.