17/10/2014: Our paper: The contribution of the Weddell Gyre to the lower cell of the Meridional overturning Circulation has been submitted to Journal of Geophysical Research has been selected by the Editor's highlights of the Journal of Geophysical Research and an article about our study has been published in EOS.

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About me

I am a Physical Oceanographer. I am now working at the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO) in Marseille, France as a Marie Curie fellow. From 2013 to June 2014, I worked at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute (Florida State University) with Kevin Speer. I worked on the Weddell Sea and on various aspects of the dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, in particular in Drake Passage within the framework of the DIMES project.

From 2008 to 2011, I worked at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (UK) to do a postdoc on the circulation and water mass transformation in the Weddell Sea.

On this site, you can find my CV as well as a presentation of my main research interests and publications.

How do you end up being an oceanographer?

Luminy I was born in the South of France and raised between the Alps and Marseille. Since 2004, when I started my PhD, I have been living abroad, for almost 8 years in the UK and now in the US. I have been passionate about the ocean since I was a kid, spending most of my summers snorkeling or fishing in the Mediterranean Sea and knew from an early stage that I wanted a job somehow ocean related. Antarctica has been in my mind for a long time too, since reading a book called "La nuit des temps" (The ice people) by French author René Barjavel. I was lucky enough to find a job where I can go South on a regular basis and I am still amazed at the natural beauty of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

NOCS I did my Bsc in Marine environmental studies in Marseille, France (Université de la Méditerranée, now Aix-Marseille University.). When I started university I wanted to be a marine biologist. Turns out I like physics better... I was lucky that in France, the first 2 years cover a wide range of topics (biology, Maths, Physics, geology...). I really enjoyed the physical oceanography and fluid mechanics courses. I did my final year of my undergraduate in England at the University of East Anglia thanks to the ERASMUS program.After my Bsc, I did an Msc in Physical Oceanography still in Marseille and then I moved to Norwich (I guess I must have enjoyed my time there as an ERASMUS student) to start my PhD at the school of Environmental Sciences of the University of East Anglia.