Biography

My research focuses on the impact of sea ice growth and decay cycle on the atmospheric and underlying seawater biogeochemistry. Vast areas of the polar oceans freeze over each year. The resulting sea ice lies at the interface between the ocean and the atmosphere, modifying the Earth’s energy balance, surface water properties, and gas exchange processes. Understanding the processes occurring at the ocean-ice-atmosphere interfaces is key to understanding the polar climate.

I have a strong background in earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences, gained during my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geography at The Free University of Brussels (Belgium). During my Ph.D. at the Arctic Geomicrobiology and Climate Change Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) at the University of Manitoba, I further gained experience in sea ice biogeochemistry and multidisciplinary Arctic marine science through collaborations with international researchers from various disciplines of chemistry, biology and physics within the Arctic Science Partnership (asp-net.org).

My expertise lies in the transport of matter including atmospheric (O2, N2, Ar) and greenhouses gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) across the double sea water-ice-atmosphere interface. During my Ph.D., I developed and optimized a gas chromatography technique for the analysis of major atmospheric gases and greenhouse gases of the air trapped in sea ice and in the snow. I have also adapted a medical imaging technique to sea ice media and characterized for the first time air bubble distribution in sea ice.

I have a tremendous experience working with ice tanks, from micro to mesocosm experiments. During my Ph.D., I worked at the Sea Ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF), which is a seawater pool designated to grow sea ice under semi-controlled conditions. Recently, I contributed to the design of an ice tank for the study of new non-invasive imaging methodologies including lifetime planar optodes. Currently, I am in charge of the research activities of the Roland von Glasow Air-Sea Ice Chamber (RvG-ASIC). Thanks to a unique enclosed ocean-sea-ice-atmosphere system, the facility allows simultaneous sampling and monitoring of the ocean, sea ice and atmosphere. Physical, chemical, and biological experiments can be performed using the suite of instruments and equipment provided by the Roland von Glasow air-sea-ice chamber.

Finally, I particularly enjoy travelling in the Arctic for fieldwork. I participated in the organization of international field-work (3 campaigns) in the Arctic. I am looking forward to my next trip. 

Career

2018- PresentPostdoc, Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, School of Environment, University of East-Anglia, United-Kingdom

  • Coordinator for: Roland von Glasow Air-Sea ice Chamber facility and Eurochamp-2020 research projects
  • Investigate processes at the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere interface.  

02/2018Visiting scholar, Earth Science Institute of Orleans (ISTO), French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

  • Investigated pressure and cavitation processes in sea ice brine inclusions

2017-2018Postdoc, Centre of Earth Observation Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada          

  • Investigated the implication of internal pressure on the transport of solutes and gases within sea ice
  • Coordinator for UAK-Useful Arctic Knowledge      

2013-2017: PhD candidate, Department of Geology, University of Manitoba, Canada

  • Developed new gas chromatography technique to analyse O2, N2, Ar, CO2, CH4 and N2O in sea ice
  • Developed imaging methodology to investigate the sea ice air and brine inclusions
  • Investigated the gas content and transport across the sea ice cover.
  • Prepared, coordinated and participated in 3 international field campaigns (Resolute Bay; Canadian archipelago; Nuuk, Greenland; Young Sound, Greenland)
  • Led 3 publications and co-authored 7 publications

09/2014: Visiting scholar, Institute National de la Recherche scientifique (INRS), Centre Eau, Terre et Environment, Quebec, Canada                                    

  • Investigated the air porosity in sea ice using Ct-X-ray tomography.

06/2012: Technical Collaborator, University of Manitoba, Canada    

  • Participated in sea ice Arcticnet field campaign, data collection (CO2 Fluxes, DIC, TA, etc) and analyses.

Academic Background

  • 2013-2017: Ph.D. Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada   
  • 2009-2011: M.S. Physical Geography, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium                        
  • 2010: Erasmus, M.S.1, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2006-2009 B.S. Geography – Environmental Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium                    

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