After completion of an engineering degree in geophysics from the Polytech’Paris school, I spent a year with the French Polar Institute (IPEV) as a civil volunteer to maintain the geomagnetic and seismological observatories on the Kerguelen Islands. Then, I worked a few months with the French Geological Survey (BRGM) as an engineer to set up a statistical model of the Upper Rhine Aquifer.
In 2004, I begun a PhD within the “hydrogeodesy” ANR project (PI: N. Florsch), on the development of ground geodetic instruments (tiltmeter, gravimeter) as tools for hydrology, combining field observations, modelling and process understanding as necessary steps to decipher physical processes in a fully transdisciplinary study. This contribution was awarded as best 2008 PhD by the CNFGG.
During my Post-doc at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas, I extended my knowledge to GRACE gravity satellite with application to water resources and management at larger spatial scales with B.R. Scanlon. I also actively participated in the first challenge of adapting a superconducting gravimeter to the field with C.R. Wilson. My transdisciplinary skills allowed me to create living collaborations with various teams from the geodetic, hydrological and hydrometeorological communities.
I am now the co-PI of the French “Future investment program” EQUIPEX “CRITEX” project, funded by ANR, which aims at developing a shared equipment network for the exploration of the Critical Zone (PI: J. Gaillardet). This project is built on two recognized observation networks, RBV andH+. It gathers 15 universities and 5 research institutions (BRGM, CNRS, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA); and aims to be a meeting place dedicated to create interactions and synergy among observatory leaders, geophysicists and geochemists working around the “Critical Zone”.