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CV Suzanne Leroy

Curriculum Vitae

Name    Suzanne Alice Ghislaine LEROY

Field    palaeoclimates, past environmental changes, palynology, past natural hazards, science management

Languages    fluent: French, English; basic: German, Dutch, Castillan.

Present position    membre associé at the MMSH in Aix-en-Provence, and Honorary Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool


Educational background

- 27.03.1990: Doctorate in sciences at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 'Paléoclimats plio-pléistocènes en Catalogne et en Languedoc d'après la palynologie de formations lacustres' (LPGD).
- 1986: Diploma of 'Cycle inférieur en espagnol de la Chambre de Commerce', Brussels.
- 01.1984: General Administration for Cooperation and Development Diploma (professional training to work in developing countries), Belgian Foreign Office, Brussels.
- 1980-1982: Licence in Geographical Sciences, at Université Catholique of Louvain, Belgium. Thesis in Biogeography: 'Préliminaires à l'étude des distributions écologiques et géographiques du complexe spécifique Camisia segnis (Acari, Oribatida)'. (Distinction)
- 1978-1980: Candidature in Geographical Sciences, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium.
- 1978: Proficiency, diploma of English Language, in 10 months, Cambridge, U.K.

Honorary Research fellow
-  Mars 2018– current: collaborateur bénévole au LAMPEA de la Maison Mediterranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme, Aix-en-Provence, France.
- Oct 2017-Sept 2018: vacataire at University of Aix-Marseille, France
- 1 Dec 2016-31 Nov. 2017: collaborateur bénévole au CEREGE, Aix-en-Provence, France
- 1 October 2016 - 30 September 2019, Honorary Research Fellow in Environmental Sciences at the University of Liverpool, U. With F. Marret

Professor of Geography and Earth Sciences at Brunel University, London, UK
- 2014-2016, Chair at the BioSciences department
- 2007-2014, Chair at the Institute for the Environment (strategic research institute), leader of the “Catastrophic and Environmental Change” Research Group and head of post-graduate research students
- 2000-2007: Chair at the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and leader of the “Catastrophic and Environmental Change” Research Group.
- adoption leave from March to mid-Aug. 2004.

Lecturer at the centre for palaeoecology, at Queen's University, Belfast, UK
- Research on palaeoclimates from Holocene lakes of the Middle East, as well on Irish lakes.
- 01.10.1998 - 31.12.1999: Lecturer B in palaeoecology and environment reconstruction, confirmed in post.
- 01.03.1995-01.10.1998: NI Dev R lecturer B in palaeoecology and environment reconstruction.

Management of past climate change research programs, Switzerland
- 01.11.1993 to 28.02.1995: Associate director of the core project office of PAGES/IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme) at University of Berne, in charge of the information and organisation of contacts between international specialists. Establishment of research and recommend implementation plan for funding agencies. Editor of PAGES Newsletter. Office funded by US NSF and Swiss NSF.

Study of abrupt climate fluctuations, not directly linked to astronomical parameters and attributed to the postglacial reorganisation of the atmospheric and oceanic circulations
    - the Lateglacial in the yearly sediments of Holzmaar, Eifel, Germany.
    - the last climate cycle in Vico maar, Latium, Italy and the Heinrich and Dansgaard-Oeschger     events.
    - the last 1000 years in a lake of Mecklenburg, N.-E. Germany and the beginning of     industrialisation.
- 04.1991 to 31.10.1993: post-doctoral position funded by SPPS-Global Change-PAGES project, at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Holocene infilling of the Aude laguna (S. France) and the human impact
- 12.1992: "vacataire", laboratory of Palynology of Montpellier, France.

Global changes over the last 30 thousands years
- 11 to 12.1990: post-doctoral position on EEC contract: EPOCH, UCL, Belgium.

Pliocene climates of the Sahara from ODP and DSDP marine cores, NW of Africa.
- 04 to 10.1990 and 01 to 03.1991: post-doctoral position in the climate project of BMFT, at the Institute of Palynology, Göttingen, and Institute of Geology of Kiel, Germany.

Palynological evidence of Azolla nilotica Dec. in Recent Holocene of eastern Nile Delta, and its environments
- 10 to 12.1986 and 10 to 11.1987: short-term visiting fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA. Laboratories of sedimentology and paleobotany.

Plio-Pleistocene palaeoclimates in Catalunia and Languedoc according to palynology of lacustrine formations
- Research fellow from 09.1982 to 03.1990 including:
* 12.1987 to 05.1989: Research fellowship from EEC at Laboratoire de Palynologie de Montpellier, France.
* 10.1983 to 09.1986: Research fellowship from 'Institut pour l'Encouragement de la Recherche Scientifique en Industrie et Agriculture' (IRSIA), Belgium.

Management of environment research programs
- 09.1982 to 02.1983: Administrative training at the Commission of the EC, Brussels, section D.G.XII-G-1: benthic ecology.


Journal articles23 documents

  • Thomas Hoyle, Suzanne A.G. Leroy, Lourdes Lόpez-Merino, Daniel Miggins, Anthony A.P. Koppers. Vegetation succession and climate change across the Plio-Pleistocene transition in eastern Azerbaijan, central Eurasia (2.77–2.45 Ma). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Elsevier, 2020, 538, pp.109386. ⟨10.1016/j.palaeo.2019.109386⟩. ⟨hal-02546075⟩
  • Safiyeh Haghani, Suzanne A.G. Leroy. Recent avulsion history of Sefidrud, south west of the Caspian Sea. Quaternary International, Elsevier, 2020, 540, pp.97-110. ⟨10.1016/j.quaint.2018.06.034⟩. ⟨hal-02546076⟩
  • Basil Davis, Manuel Chevalier, Philipp Sommer, Vachel Carter, Walter Finsinger, et al.. The Eurasian Modern Pollen Database (EMPD), Version 2. Earth System Science Data, Copernicus Publications, 2020, ⟨10.5194/essd-2020-14⟩. ⟨hal-02489661⟩
  • Nizamettin Kazanci, Zeynep Ergun, Kaan İren, Suzanne A.G. Leroy, Sonay Boyraz Arslan, et al.. Late Quaternary landscape evolution of the southern Marmara region:paleogeographic implications for settlements, NW Turkey. Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, 2019, 28 (4), pp.479-499. ⟨10.3906/yer-1902-35⟩. ⟨hal-02546072⟩
  • Wenying Jiang, Suzanne Leroy, Shiling Yang, Enlou Zhang, Luo Wang, et al.. Synchronous Strengthening of the Indian and East Asian Monsoons in Response to Global Warming Since the Last Deglaciation. Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union, 2019, 46 (7), pp.3944-3952. ⟨10.1029/2019GL082084⟩. ⟨hal-02546062⟩
  • M. Namık Çağatay, K. Kadir Eriş, Özlem Makaroğlu, Nurettin Yakupoğlu, Pierre Henry, et al.. The Sea of Marmara during Marine Isotope Stages 5 and 6. Quaternary Science Reviews, Elsevier, 2019, 220, pp.124-141. ⟨10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.07.031⟩. ⟨hal-02546070⟩
  • M. Namık Çağatay, K. Kadir Eriş, Özlem Makaroğlu, Nurettin Yakupoğlu, Pierre Henry, et al.. The Sea of Marmara during Marine Isotope Stages 5 and 6. Quaternary Science Reviews, Elsevier, 2019, 220, pp.124-141. ⟨10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.07.031⟩. ⟨hal-02415856⟩
  • Suzanne A.G. Leroy, Lourdes López-Merino, Nina Kozina. Dinocyst records from deep cores reveal a reversed salinity gradient in the Caspian Sea at 8.5–4.0 cal ka BP. Quaternary Science Reviews, Elsevier, 2019, 209, pp.1-12. ⟨10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.02.011⟩. ⟨hal-02546054⟩
  • Yul Altolaguirre, José M. Postigo-Mijarra, Eduardo Barron, José Carrión, Suzanne Leroy, et al.. An environmental scenario for the earliest hominins in the Iberian Peninsula: Early Pleistocene palaeovegetation and palaeoclimate. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Elsevier, 2019, ⟨10.1016/j.revpalbo.2018.10.008⟩. ⟨hal-02546050⟩
  • Klaus Arpe, Ben-Jei Tsuang, Yu-Heng Tseng, Xin-Yu Liu, Suzanne Leroy. Quantification of climatic feedbacks on the Caspian Sea level variability and impacts from the Caspian Sea on the large-scale atmospheric circulation. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Springer Verlag, 2019, 136 (1-2), pp.475-488. ⟨10.1007/s00704-018-2481-x⟩. ⟨hal-02476566⟩
  • Elshan Abdullayev, Suzanne Leroy. Clay minerals as palaeoclimatic indicators in the Pliocene Productive Series, western Southern Caspian Basin. Geological Journal, Wiley, In press, ⟨10.1002/gj.3076⟩. ⟨hal-01766670⟩
  • Jane Lewis, Joe Taylor, Klaire Neale, Suzanne A.G. Leroy. Expanding known dinoflagellate distributions: investigations of slurry cultures from Caspian Sea sediment. Botanica Marina, De Gruyter, 2018, 61 (1), pp.21 - 31. ⟨10.1515/bot-2017-0041⟩. ⟨hal-01766659⟩
  • Mohamed Hamdan, Fekri A. Hassan, Flower Roger, Suzanne Leroy, N A Shallaly, et al.. Source of Nile sediments in the floodplain at Saqqara inferred from mineralogical, geochemical, and pollen data, and their palaeoclimatic and geoarchaeological significance. Quaternary International, Elsevier, 2018. ⟨hal-01766667⟩
  • Elena Marinova, Sandy Harrison, Fran Bragg, Simon Connor, Veronique de Laet, et al.. Pollen-derived biomes in the Eastern Mediterranean-Black Sea-Caspian-Corridor. Journal of Biogeography, Wiley, 2018, 45 (2), pp.484-499. ⟨10.1111/jbi.13128⟩. ⟨hal-01772553⟩
  • Jordi Agusti, Suzanne Leroy, Ivan Lozano-Fernandez, Ramon Julia. Joint vegetation and mammalian records at the early Pleistocene sequence of Bòvila Ordis (Banyoles-Besalú Basin, NE Spain) and their bearing on early hominin occupation in Europe. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, Springer Verlag, 2018, 98 (4), pp.653-662. ⟨10.1007/s12549-018-0324-5⟩. ⟨hal-02091066⟩
  • Suzanne A.G. Leroy, Françoise Chalié, Frank Wesselingh, Mohammad Saeed Sanjani, Hamid A.K. Lahijani, et al.. Multi-proxy indicators in a Pontocaspian system: a depth transect of surface sediment in the SE Caspian Sea. Geologica Belgica, Université de Liège, 2018, 21 (3-4), pp.143-165. ⟨10.20341/gb.2018.008⟩. ⟨hal-02117385⟩
  • Thomas Hoyle, Suzanne A.G. Leroy, Lourdes López-Merino, Keith Richards. Using fluorescence microscopy to discern in situ from reworked palynomorphs in dynamic depositional environments — An example from sediments of the late Miocene to early Pleistocene Caspian Sea. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Elsevier, 2018, 256, pp.32-49. ⟨hal-02055168⟩
  • Peta J. Mudie, Fabienne Marret, Kenneth N. Mertens, Lyudmila Shumilovskikh, Suzanne A. G. Leroy. Atlas of modern dinoflagellate cyst distributions in the Black Sea Corridor: from Aegean to Aral Seas, including Marmara, Black, Azov and Caspian Seas. Marine Micropaleontology, Elsevier, 2017, 134, pp.1-152. ⟨10.1016/j.marmicro.2017.05.004⟩. ⟨hal-01765575⟩
  • Peta Mudie, Fabienne Marret, Kenneth Mertens, Lyudmila Shumilovskikh, Suzanne Leroy. Atlas of modern dinoflagellate cyst distributions in the Black Sea Corridor: from Aegean to Aral Seas, including Marmara, Black, Azov and Caspian Seas. Marine Micropaleontology, Elsevier, 2017, ⟨10.1016/j.marmicro.2017.05.004⟩. ⟨hal-02546037⟩
  • Adam Izdebski, Karin Holmgren, Erika Weiberg, Sharon R. Stocker, Ulf Büntgen, et al.. Realising consilience: How better communication between archaeologists, historians and natural scientists can transform the study of past climate change in the Mediterranean. Quaternary Science Reviews, Elsevier, 2016, 136, pp.5-22. ⟨10.1016/j.quascirev.2015.10.038⟩. ⟨hal-01311644⟩
  • Kenneth Mertens, Sofia Ribeiro, Ilham Bouimetarhan, Hulya Caner, Nathalie Nebout, et al.. Process length variation in cysts of a dinoflagellate, Lingulodinium machaerophorum, in surface sediments: Investigating its potential as salinity proxy. Marine Micropaleontology, Elsevier, 2008, 70, pp.54-69. ⟨10.1016/j.marmicro.2008.10.004⟩. ⟨hal-02379132⟩
  • Henry Hooghiemstra, Anne-Marie Lézine, Suzanne A. G. Leroy, Lydie Dupont, Fabienne Marret. Late Quaternary palynology in marine sediments: A synthesis of the understanding of pollen distribution patterns in the NW African setting. Quaternary International, Elsevier, 2006, 148, pp.29-44. ⟨10.1016/J.QUAINT.2005.11.005⟩. ⟨hal-00908417⟩
  • Fabienne Marret, Suzanne Leroy, Françoise Chalié, Francoise Françoise. New organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts from recent sediments of Central Asian seas. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, Elsevier, 2004, 129 (1-2), pp.1-20. ⟨10.1016/j.revpalbo.2003.10.002⟩. ⟨hal-02407759⟩

Conference papers1 document

  • Suzanne A. G. Leroy, François Demory, Françoise Chalié, Jebrael Nokandeh, Hamid Omrani Rekavandi, et al.. Vegetation history and sea level changes at the terminals of the Gorgan and Tammisheh Walls (SE Caspian Sea). 20th INQUA Congress, Jul 2019, Dublin, Ireland. ⟨hal-02352311⟩