Career path

I am CNRS Researcher at the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie (IMBE), Doctor in Physical Geography of the University Aix-Marseille (2014, France), specialist of studying sedimentary archives, to explore the interactions between Human, Climate and Environments over the Lateglacial and Holocene.

My main line of research is to look at the modality and rhythm of ecosystem responses to climate and anthropogenic perturbations, depending of the intensity and duration of perturbations.

I develop a multi-indicators approach including sedimentological, geochemical and biological proxies to track the diversity of the geosystem compartments, in order to characterise the long-term changes of hydrosystems (lake, river), ecosystems (soil, vegetation) and human practices (agriculture, farming, mining, engineering).

I have applied my approach to case studies in France during my MSc (2010) and PhD (2014) (co-direction between the CEREGE-CNRS and IMBE-CNRS). Then, I have applied my approach to different contextes during my postdocs (2014-2019) in the Mediterranean (Marie Sklodowska-Curie researcher at IPHES, in Spain), in Bolivia, Chile (researcher at ISTerre-CNRS, in France), Kyrgyzstan and Iran (at IPHES and IMBE-CNRS, France).

One of my recent project as Principal Investigator, named "SALTY" for "Water Resources SustAinabiLTY: minutes from ancient Persia" ("La Caixa" Foundation, code LCF/BQ/PR19/11700001, 2019-2022 - 305,100€), aimed to explore how the succeeding civilizations have faced with water shortages in the semi-arid plains of Iran.

I have participated to 20 research projects on past Human-Environment interactions and have previously been the PI of the project “MedCoRes” (Marie-Curie Action, 2017-2018 - 150,000€), that aimed to investigate how the last hunter-gatherers and first farmers have responded to rapid ecosystem changes in a context of sea-level rise  (Brisset et al. 2018 - Global and Planetary Changes).

To date (2020), my track-record includes 20 articles published in international journals (ISI-WoS), 9 of them in first and corresponding author, and 9 without my PhD directors. Almost 80% of them are in Q1-ranked journals (25% of the best journal of their field). I noticeably published my works in GEOLOGY, (Impact Factor:4.4); Quaternary Science Reviews (IF:4.5); Scientific Reports (IF:4.0); Global and Planetary Changes (IF:3.9); CATENA (IF:3.6). My papers received more than 190 citations (Scopus).

Amongst other activities, I have organised two symposiums in international conferences (European Association of Archaeologists in Barcelona 2018, Paleolimnology and Limnogeology Associations in Stockholm 2018). I have also disseminated my work in conferences, that has included 41 oral (including 2 invited conferences at the COP 21 in Paris) and 19 posters. I have been awarded of 2 prizes for the quality of my research.

©2019-Elodie Brisset