Professional experience

Since Sept. 2013. Professor 1st class in biogeochemistry and marine chemistry, Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat : Expérimentations et Approches Numériques (LOCEAN), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC, Paris, France). (Permanent position as « Professeur des Universités »).

Sept. 2010. – Aug. 2013. Professor 2nd class.  Permanent position as « Professeur des Universités » (same affiliation as above).

Oct. 07- Aug. 2010. First assistant (Dpt. Geology and Mineralogy, Royal Museum for Central Africa, 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, RMCA, 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 (RMCA) 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

  • Deputy representative of UPMC at the Scientific Council of the French Marine University Network since April 2013.
  • Representative of UPMC at the Scientific Council of Doctoral School “Environmental Sciences – Ile de France” (ED129) since April 2014.
  • Board member of the Scientific Committee of the French National CNRS-INSU Programme “CYBER – Cycles Biogeochimiques – Environnement – Ressources” since September 2012.
  • Elected member of Conseil National des Universités, Section 37 (climate, oceanography and environment) since 2015.
  • Elected member (suppléant) of LOCEAN’s Laboratory Council (Ocean & Climate lab) since November 2013.
  • Member of the pedagogic team of the speciality “Oceanography and Marine Environments” of Master SDUEE of UPMC since 2010.

Past duties

  • Deputy Director of the Faculty Earth – Environment – Biodiversity of UPMC (September 2012 – June 2016)
  • Elected member of the Council of the Faculty Earth – Environment – Biodiversity of UPMC (2011-2016), member of the Pedagogic Commission, the Scientific Commission and of the Staff Commission.
  • Member of the LOCEAN Scientific Council (December 2013 – March 2016).
  • Elected member of Conseil National des Universités (suppléant), Section 37 (climate, oceanography and environment) 2011-2015.
  • 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” (2009-2012).
  • 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 2012, 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 Approndies (~Master) 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 (U. Aix-Marseille I).

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