Academic Positions & Appointments

  • 2020 - Present
    Research Associate
    Location: University of Bristol – School of Biosciences | Bristol, United Kingdom.

    Research Topic: Quantifying resilience loss in biological systems and the effects of multiple stressors on population and community dynamics.

    Acquired Expertise: Experimental Ecology (freshwater ciliates in microcosms), Multiple Stressors (increased temperature, habitat fragmentation, species extinction), AI (deep learning, automated tracking and counting, robotic gantries).

    Principal Investigator: Dr. Chris Clements.

  • 2018 - 2020
    Postdoctoral Research Consultant
    Location: International Atomic Energy Agency – Environment Laboratories | Principality of Monaco, Monaco.

    Research Topic: Impacts of nano- and micro-plastic pollution on marine organism ecophysiology.

    Acquired Expertise: Radioecology (radiotracers), Ecophysiology & Endocrinology (nutrient assimilation, endocrine status, microbiome shifts), Sensory Ecology (behavioral tests on fish), Histology (intestine and liver histopathology), Ecotoxicology (multiple stressors such as micro- and nano-plastics, acidification, metals and radionuclides), Fish husbandry (breeding).

    Principal Investigators: Dr. Peter Swarzenski and Dr. Marc Metian.

  • 2018
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Location: PSL Research University – EPHE – CRIOBE | Moorea, French Polynesia.

    Research Topic: Sensory ecology of coral-reef fishes at metamorphosis and larval recruitment facing anthropogenic pressures.

    Acquired Expertise: Ecophysiology & Endocrinology (hormonal extraction, pharmacological treatments), Behavioral & Sensory Ecology (behavioral tests, predation arenas), Ecotoxicology (multiple stressors such as increased temperatures and pesticides), Fish Sampling and Husbandry (Larval and Post-Larval Capture & Culture).

    Principal Investigator: Dr. David Lecchini.

  • 2014 - 2017
    PhD student
    Locations:

    • PSL Research University – EPHE – CRIOBE | Moorea, French Polynesia.
    • Sorbonnes Universités – Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer | Banyuls-sur-mer, France.
    • ENS Lyon – Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon | Lyon, France.

     

    Research Topic: Importance of metamorphosis in coral reef fish larval recruitment facing anthropogenic pressures.

    Acquired Expertise: Coral Reef Fish Ecology (fish surveys and population monitoring), Ecophysiology & Endocrinology (hormonal extraction, pharmacological treatments), Histology (embedding, staining, microtome, SEM), Molecular Biology (qPCR, Elisa) and Behavioral & Sensory Ecology (behavioral tests, sensory abilities), Ecotoxicology (multiple stressors such as increased temperatures, pesticides, anthropogenic noise, acidification, habitat changes), Fish Sampling and Husbandry (Larval and Post-Larval Capture & Culture).

    Principal Investigators: Dr. David Lecchini and Dr. Vincent Laudet.

  • 2014
    Research Assistant - M. Sc. Internship
    Location: University of California San Diego – SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography | La Jolla, United States.

    Research Topic: Spatial ecology of coral-reef fishes from the Southern Line Island Archipelago.

    Acquired Expertise: Coral Reef Fish Ecology, Spatial Ecology, Fish Dissections.

    Principal Investigators: Pr. Stuart Sandin and Dr. Brian Zgliczynski.

  • 2013
    Research Assistant - M. Sc. Internship
    Location: Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle – UMR BOREA – CRESCO | Dinard, France.

    Research Topic: Downstream migration behaviour of silver eels (Anguilla anguilla) using acoustic telemetry.

    Acquired Expertise: Amphihaline Fish Ecology, Acoustic Telemetry.

    Principal Investigators: Dr. Eric Feunteun, Dr. Anthony Acou, and Dr. Thomas Trancart.

  • 2013
    Field Assistant - Volunteer Internship
    Location: PSL Research University – EPHE – CRIOBE | Moorea, French Polynesia.

    Research Topic: Levels of genotypic differentiation in Millepora platyphylla populations.

    Acquired Expertise: Coral Reef Ecology, Coral Sampling, Scuba Diving.

    Principal Investigators: Dr. Serge Planes and Dr. Caroline Dubé.

  • 2013
    Field Assistant - Volunteer Internship
    Location: PSL Research University – EPHE – CRIOBE | Moorea, French Polynesia.

    Research Topic: Monitoring of juvenile blacktip and lemon sharks.

    Acquired Expertise: Shark Monitoring, Acoustic Telemetry, Blood/DNA Sampling.

    Principal Investigators: Dr. Serge Planes.

  • 2012 - 2013
    Research Assistant - Volunteer Internship
    Location: Te mana o te moana Association | Moorea, French Polynesia.

    Research Topic: Spatial-temporal distribution of sea turtle populations and nesting sites in French Polynesia.

    Acquired Expertise: Underwater Surveys, Nest Monitoring, Sea Turtle Care.

    Principal Investigators: Dr. Cécile Gaspar and Matthieu Petit.

  • 2012
    Research Assistant - M. Sc. Internship
    Location: Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon – Institut de Génomique Fonctionelle de Lyon | Lyon, France.

    Research Topic: Evo-devo of skin appendages: deciphering the role of EDARADD.

    Acquired Expertise: Cellular Biology (cell cultures), Molecular Biology (PCR, qPCR, western blots), Genetics (designing primers, sequence analyses).

    Principal Investigators: Pr. Vincent Laudet, Dr. Sophie Pantalacci and Dr. Alexa Sadier.

  • 2011
    Research Assistant - B. Sc. Internship
    Location: Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale – Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences | Wimereux, France.

    Research Topic: Planktonic trophic network in the English Eastern Channel.

    Acquired Expertise: Planktonic Trophic Network, Plankton Identification, Plankton Sampling.

    Principal Investigators: Dr. Urania Christaki and Dr. Jean-David Grattepanche.

Education & Diploma

  • 2014 - 2017
    PhD - Marine Biology
    Locations:

    • PSL Research University – EPHE – CRIOBE | Moorea, French Polynesia.
    • Sorbonnes Universités – Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer | Banyuls-sur-mer, France.
    • ENS Lyon – Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon | Lyon, France.

     

    Research Topic: Importance of metamorphosis in coral reef fish larval recruitment facing anthropogenic pressures.

    Supervisors: Dr. David Lecchini and Dr. Vincent Laudet.

    Details: Thanks to my research experiences during my Master and Bachelor Degrees, I developed a research project in collaboration with Dr. David Lecchini and Dr. Vincent Laudet to investigate the importance of metamorphosis in coral reef fish larval recruitment facing anthropogenic stressors, for which I was awarded a PhD Fellowship by the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (Lyon, France).

  • 2011 - 2014
    Master of Science - Biosciences
    Location: Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL) | Lyon, France.

    Details: ENSL is a leading French institution of higher education, one of the most prestigious “Grandes Ecoles” in France, entrance to which is based on a competitive exam, requiring several years of intense preparation (Classe préparatoire BCPST, see below) and which is awarded by a superior-study fellowship.

  • 2010 - 2011
    Bachelor of Science - Fundamental Biology
    Location: Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL) | Lyon, France.

    Details: ENSL is a leading French institution of higher education, one of the most prestigious “Grandes Ecoles” in France, entrance to which is based on a competitive exam, requiring several years of intense preparation (Classe préparatoire BCPST, see below) and which is awarded by a superior-study fellowship.

  • 2008 - 2010
    Classe Préparatoire - BCPST
    Location: Lycée Saint-Louis | Paris, France.

    Details: Classe préparatoire BCPST is an intensive and highly selective post-secondary program in the field of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

Fellowships & Awards

  • 2018 - 2019
    Young Researcher Prize - Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation
    I was awarded €25,000 by the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation for my work and research project examining the effects of multiple stressors on coral reef fish metamorphosis. This award allowed me to pursue my research and develop international collaborations to finalize a study that I led on the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on fish sensory development and survival via endocrine disruption, one of my main scientific achievements so far.
  • 2014 - 2017
    Teaching Fellowship - Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
    During my PhD, I was awarded a fellowship (€7,200) for my teaching activities to Bachelor and Master Students from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes (France).
  • 2014 - 2017
    PhD Fellowship - Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
    After successfully completing my studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, I was awarded a PhD Fellowship that covered my salary for three years (2014-2017) to conduct research on a project that I developed: the importance of metamorphosis in coral reef fish larval recruitment facing anthropogenic stressors. Coming with my own funding allowed me to easily find supervisors and a University to host my PhD, and to conduct my research project between three different labs: the Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement (CRIOBE, Moorea, French Polynesia), the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls (OOB, Banyuls-sur-mer, France) and the Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle de Lyon (IGFL, Lyon, France).
  • 2010 - 2014
    Superior Study Fellowship - Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon
    In 2010, I successfully passed an exam to enter the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, which in turn awarded me a Superior Study Fellowship that covered my salary for the next four years. Having with my own funding allowed me to easily find research internships during my Bachelor and Master Degrees, on a variety of topics related to marine biology, molecular biology, and ecology, ultimately helping me to develop my research skills, expertise, and network before my PhD.

Peer-reviewing

Memberships

Other science-related activities

In 2017, I was Session Chair of the C7 session on “Larval recruitment” at the 10th Indo-Pacific Fish Conference, in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

From 2015 to 2017, I co-organized Les Doctoriales du CRIOBE (annual conference of all the PhD students from the CRIOBE research center), either in Moorea, French Polynesia, or in Perpignan, France, depending on the year.

In 2015 and 2016, I co-organized the Earth Day at the Intercontinental Tahiti, in French Polynesia. During this event, my colleague Antoine and I taught children from secondary school the life cycle of corals and reef fishes, and we released young corals and larval fishes in nurseries in the Intercontinenal lagoon.

Certifications, skills, and additional activities

Licences

Underwater

Coding

Software

I am also a photographer, co-founder of Youngfishes Photography, a project dedicated to the identification and description of reef fish larvae and juveniles, and their popularization to a wide audience through high-definition macro-photography.

I love sport, both playing and watching, especially surf, cycling and biathlon.

Last but not least, I am an avid board and card gamer.