Research Experience

[2019–2021] Marie Curie postdoctoral researcher, paleoclimate modeling, University of California Riverside, CA, USA. 

  • Project [2 years]: BioSIGNAL: Biological pump sensitivity and climate change – Interrogating past environmental perturbations. Modeling changes in deep-time marine planktonic communities and their impact on ocean biogeochemistry, with special focus on ocean oxygenation / anoxia.

[2017–2019] Postdoctoral researcher, paleoclimate modeling, Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement en Géosciences de l’Environnement (CEREGE), Aix en Provence, France. 

  • Project [2 years]: Investigating and quantifying the impact of the paleogeographical changes on the potential for reef-carbonate development throughout the Cretaceous.

[2013–2016] Ph.D. in paleoclimate modeling, Laboratoire des Sciences du climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE), Paris, France.

  • Project [3 years]: Numerical modeling for increased understanding of Ordovician climate. Supervisors: Yannick DONNADIEU (LSCE) and Guillaume LE HIR (IPGP).
  • Main activities: Designing the experiments. Adapting the boundary conditions to the Ordovician. Using a wide variety of models and diverse coupling strategies available at the lab, and setting-up a deep-time configuration of the MITgcm from scratch. Analyzing the models outputs (on regular and cubed-sphere grids). Collaborations with researchers from France, UK, Belgium, Spain, Sweden and Germany.
  • Award: Van Straelen Prize from the French Geological Society (SGF).
  • Award: André Prud’homme Prize from the Meteo and Climate Association.

Research programs

  • [2019] Marie Curie Global Fellowship (European project): “Biological pump sensitivity and climate change: interrogating past environmental perturbations (BioSIGNAL)“ [PI].
  • [2015] French National Programm (INSU-CNRS): “Response of global marine biodiversity to a major climate change: modeling the Ordovician glaciation (445 Ma) with the MITgcm and its marine ecology model Darwin.“ [partner, significantly contributed to the design and writting of the project] (PI: Y Donnadieu).
  • [2014] French National Programm (INSU-CNRS): “Ordovician microfossils and environment : did the Early Ordovician onset of cooling of the Early Palaeozoic Icehouse trigger the most important rise in biodiversity in the history of life on Earth?“ [partner] (PI: TRA Vandenbroucke).


  • Houda Beghoura, M.Sc. 1st year (Aix-Marseille University), “Impact of the growth of the Ordovician ice sheet on the atmospheric circulation and the carbon cycle”. Principal adviser. Co-adviser: Y. Donnadieu. Duration: 2 months.
  • Mourad Haggui, M.Sc. 2nd year (Aix-Marseille University), “Coupling paleontological database and paleoceanographical modeling to investigate the paleobiogeography of Cretaceous reef carbonates”. Co-adviser. Principal advisor: J. Borgomano. Duration: 5 months.

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