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Since 2018 Research Scientist, Ocean and Atmosphere flagship, CSIRO, IOMRC Crawley campus, Perth, Australia

Since 2014 Honorary Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

2016-2017 Casual research, Ocean and Atmosphere flagship, CSIRO, IOMRC Crawley campus, Perth, Australia

2014 -2015 Research Associate, School or Plant Biology, University of Western Australia, Perth.

2010-2013 Post Doc, Botany Department & Marine Research Institute, University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa.

2008-2010 Post Doc, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), New Caledonia.

2005-2008 Ph.D in marine science, IRD, New Caledonia & Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille (COM), France.

2003-2004 Master 2 in environnemental biosciences, Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille (COM), France.

2002-2003 Master 1 in population biology and ecosystem functioning, Université de Montpellier II, France.

2000-2002 BSc. and BSc. Hons. (First class) in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Napier University, Scotland.

1998-2000 DUT in biological and biochemical analyses, Université de Toulon et du Var, France.

1998 Baccalauréat Scientifique (including mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology)


Diving qualifications: CMAS3* and Classe IB (French equivalent of HSE, scientific SCUBA diver)


I was first introduced to taxonomy during my Master's project in 2004. The aim was to explore the taxonomic difficulties linked to the systematic study of the genus Sargassum. This preliminary study, focussed on the diversity of the genus in New Caledonia, was followed up by a PhD project co-supervised by Pr. C.E. Payri (IRD New Caledonia) and Pr. M. Verlaque (Université Aix-Marseille II). The principal objective of the PhD was to revise the diversity of the genus Sargassum in New Caledonia using a combination of morphological and molecular analyses. The project was later extended to the South Pacific and a biogeographical analysis of the genus in the region was added. Collections were made during field trips and scientific expedition in the region or through collaborations with teams in New Zealand, Hawaii and Easter Island. I defended my PhD in Marseille (Université Aix-Marseille II) the 12th of December 2008 (ms downloadable in French ici).

The objectives of my first post-doc (2009-2010) were to continue publishing the results obtained during the PhD and enlarge the project to a larger geographical region. I then started new collaborations with teams in Australia, Malaysia and California and had the opportunity to start sampling in the Indian Ocean (Maldives and Mayotte). This first post-doctoral experience was also an opportunity to mentor Master students (mainly phylogeny and taxonomical revision projects).


My second post-doc, based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, was funded by the Marine Research Institute in collaboration with the Botany Department of UCT for three years (October 2010 - December 2013, PI: J.J. Bolton). The main objective was the taxonomic revision of the genus Sargassum in the South West Indian Ocean to better undestand the biogeography of the genus in the Indo-Pacific. New collaborations were established with teams based in Reunion, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Korea, Japan and Belgium. I participated in the mentoring of PhD students, mainly for the phylogenetic, taxonomic revision and biogeographical aspects of their projects. I am now a Research Associate of the University of Western Australia and "Honorary Research Associate" of the University of Cape Town, based in Perth, Australia (Visa 457).


Since 2014, I am based in Perth, Western Australia, where I have participated in projects interested in the ecology of coral reefs of the Ningaloo-Pilbara region in the northwest. I looked at the ecology of Sargassum and other seaweed species in this region.

Since February 2018, I study the opportunities for further development of the seaweed industry and aquaculture in Australia. Although large-scale seaweed aquaculture has been common practice and a valuable source of income for centuries in Asia it is still in its infancy in Australia and many places around the Indian Ocean. Western Australia and the Indian Ocean rim countries represent a huge source of largely untapped, and potentially high-value seaweeds which could be strong candidates for developing new innovative and sustainable seaweed farms.