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I have broad interests in petrology, mineralogy and geochemistry, with my greatest enthusiasm being in the study of magmatic and mantle ultrabasic and basic rocks. I study those ultramafic and mafic rocks in various types of occurrences such as xenoliths in basalts and kimberlites, ophiolites, orogenic lherzolitic massifs and layered intrusions. I am undertaking collaborative works on numerous areas in the world (Patagonia, Kerguelen Islands, Philippines, French Massif Central, Poland, Germany, Algeria, Oman, California, Spain, Antarctica, Cameroon and South Africa). All these studies are focusing on the nature and evolution of the magmas and metasomatic melts percolating and accumulating within both the oceanic and sub-continental upper mantle and lower crust both in intraplate and subduction zone settings. For that purpose, I use detailed analyses of major and trace element contents in both bulk rocks and minerals using electron microprobe, and ICP-MS techniques (laser and solution). The final goal of all these studies is to better understand the nature and the evolution of the lower crust and the upper mantle in various settings, and in particular to better understand the nature and evolution of the crust-mantle boundary and the chemical exchanges taking place between these two major earth reservoirs.


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Senior Scientist Since October 2009

CNRS UMR5563 GET (Toulouse FR)

Petrology and Mineralogy of ultramafic and mafic rocks

Scientist October 2001 - September 2009

CNRS UMR5562 DTP (Toulouse FR)

Petrology of ultramafic and mafic rocks

Post-Doctoral Fellow November 1999 - September 2001

University of Cape Town (Cape Town ZA)

Petrology of mantle xenoliths in kimberlites from South Africa

Post-Doctoral Fellow June 1996 - October 1999

Macquarie University (Sydney AU)

Petrology of mantle xenoliths from Kerguelen and Lihir Islands


"Habilitation à diriger des recherches-HDR" June 1999 - September 2000

University Toulouse III (Toulouse FR)

Mantle xenoliths from Lihir, Kerguelen and Kaapvaal craton

Ph-D thesis September 1989 - February 1994

University of Saint Etienne (Saint Etienne FR)

Petrology and mineralogy of the mantle xenoliths from the Kerguelen Archipelago


Lacroix Prize September 1994

Awarded by the French Society of Mineralogy and Cristallography


Petrology Mineralogy Geochemistry Igneous Rocks Mantle Xenoliths Ophiolites Ultramafic Rocks Mafic Rocks Mantle Plume Magmatic Rocks Metamorphic Rocks La-Icpms Electron Microprobe Kimberlites Large Igneous Pro

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