Ph.D. - École normale supérieure (Laboratoire de Géologie) and Université Paris XI (2006)
M.S. - École normale supérieure de Lyon (2002)
I am an Associate Professor or Earth Sciences in Aix-Marseille Université (Aix-en-Provence, France).
My main area of interest is the dynamics of the Earth surface, which is a complex interface between internal and external geodynamics. Tectonic and climatic processes interact constantly to shape the evolution of topography, by driving erosion processes and transporting sediments. Beyond their direct control on the Earth surface, such interactions have major and far reaching implications for the evolution of mountain ranges (e.g. distribution of deformation in the crust) and global climate (e.g. control on precipitation and atmospheric CO2).
I explore these problems in a variety of settings, notably in active mountains ranges. An important part of my research over the last decade has been focused on the margins of the Tibetan Plateau, in the Himalayas or Eastern Tibet.
The general approach I implement in my exploration of Earth Surface Processes is to combine time constraints on these processes using mostly cosmogenic nuclides such as 10Be (integrating rates of surface denudation over the 1-100 ka timescale) with information about the spatial structure of the landscape using high resolution Digital Elevation Models. I also try to integrate these two types of data into a physical understanding of landscape dynamics using numerical Landscape Evolution Models.
I work in CEREGE (Aix-en-Provence, France) which hosts the French National Laboratory for Cosmogenic Nuclides (L2NC), and is a great place to investigate these problems.